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Ryder Cup: U.S. sweeps Europe during the morning session for a 4-0 lead

U.S. golfer Patrick Reed celebrates after making a match-winning putt during the first round of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.
(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

The Americans are off to a hot start to the Ryder Cup, going 4-0 in a session for the first time since 1981.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed got things rolling in the opening match of foursomes by beating Europe’s Olympic-medals duo of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. In the other three matches:

Phil Mickelson-Rickie Fowler beat Rory McIlroy-Andy Sullivan, 1 up.

Jimmy Walker-Zach Johnson beat Sergio Garcia-Martin Kaymer, 4 and 2.

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Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar beat Lee Westwood-Thomas Pieters, 5 and 4.

The last sweep by a U.S. team was the afternoon four-ball session on the second day in 1981. And for all the toasts thrown around about the “greatest team ever,” don’t get any comparisons started.

The 1981 team, which won 18 1/2-9 1/2, included Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Johnny Miller.

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