Tommy Fleetwood hails ‘unreal’ day as Europe roar back in Ryder Cup

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The magic of sport is that outcomes so often seem written in the stars. A certain Danish lager brand does not do Fridays, but if it did …

Tommy Fleetwood stepped on to the 1st tee at this, the 42nd Ryder Cup, riding a wave of emotion. This was the 27-year-old’s debut in the biennial meeting of Europe and the United States. Day one happened to fall on the first birthday of his son, Frankie. When a fourball pairing with Francesco Molinari was confirmed, the fairytale looked too good to be true. Even Fleetwood himself probably contemplated what the catch was.

The appearance of Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed, the marquee US fourball duo, as opposition blunted the sense of Fleetwood living the dream. How the Southport man defied the naysayers; he and Molinari ruined Woods’s Ryder Cup comeback in affording Europe a morning glimmer of hope they had been desperate for. There was more: Fleetwood and Molinari dismantled another illustrious US pair, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, in the foursomes. For context, Fleetwood and Molinari’s Friday opposition have a combined 19 major championship victories between them.

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