McIlroy, Pieters trying to ride European momentum

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) ��� Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters are trying to ride their Ryder Cup momentum on Saturday.

McIlroy took a bow when the opening day ended Friday, winning a big point that allowed Europe to crawl back to a 5-3 deficit against the Americans. They went right back out Saturday morning against Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson and have led the entire way. They were 1 up through 12 holes.

There probably was not going to be another American sweep in foursomes.

Halfway through the sessions, the Americans were up in one match, trailed two others and were tied in the fourth one. Fourballs in the afternoon were to follow, with everything pointing toward Sunday singles to decide the Ryder Cup.

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