Ryder Cup 2014 Scores: Day 1 Live Standings, Results and Highlights

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2014

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The European team stormed back in afternoon play at the Ryder Cup on Friday, taking three of four matches to hold the overall lead at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

Europe leads the United States 5-3 after the first day of competition.

The United States got off to a good start in morning fourball play.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley secured a crucial birdie on the 18th hole to clinch a match victory over world No. 1 player Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in an up-and-down match. At the time it handed the Americans a 2.5-1.5 lead, but that quickly evaporated when play switched to foursomes.

McIlroy and Garcia were the story once again in the afternoon, storming back from two down in the final two holes to halve a match against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, denying the Americans a crucial point.

Also victorious in afternoon play was the pair of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, holding off a spirited challenge from Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan to win their second match of the day at 2 up.

Rose and Stenson had run Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson off the course—winning 5 & 4—earlier in the day.

The biggest surprise of the opening day was the American duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

The pair downed Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter 5 & 4 in fourball play, but they were left off the afternoon roster by captain Tom Watson.

Ryder Cup play continues on Saturday morning with the second round of fourball competition.

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