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Comeback kid Rory helps keep Clarke’s men in hunt

By Adam McKendry

Published 01/10/2016

Decisive: Rory McIlroy celebrates after holing his winning putt to bring Europe back to 5-3
Decisive: Rory McIlroy celebrates after holing his winning putt to bring Europe back to 5-3

Rory McIlroy rounded off Europe's fantastic afternoon comeback at the Ryder Cup as Darren Clarke's men rallied from 4-0 down after the morning's foursomes to trail the USA 5-3 at Hazeltine.

McIlroy and fourballs partner Thomas Pieters defeated Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar to score the final point of the opening day, which could have gone a lot worse for the Europeans.

A dreadful opening session saw Clarke's charges throw away two matches they were leading, one of which was McIlroy and Andy Sullivan's match against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, which eventually led to a 4-0 whitewash going into the second session.

But the visitors rallied to take the afternoon fourballs 3-1, which sets up an enthralling second day of action with Europe only trailing by two points in their pursuit of a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup.

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