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I can't hear you! McIlroy and Reed trade blows in one of the great Ryder Cup showdowns

Forget about everything else, this match will go down in history.

IN ITS PREVIOUS forty editions, the Ryder Cup has surely never seen drama like this.

Singles Sunday at Hazeltine always had the potential to be a classic and already, with three matches yet to tee-off, we are seeing a display of dazzling golf in the most raucous of sporting amphitheatres.

Posted by on Sunday, 21 October 2018

All eyes have been on the top match, between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy, as Europe go in search of a fast start which is essential to their hopes of retaining the Samuel Ryder trophy.

The pair are trading blows in what’s developing into one of the great showdowns in this competition’s coloured history, nothing seperating them after nine of the most absorbing and entertaining holes of golf you’ll ever watch.

It had been bubbling all morning and both players have risen to the occasion, and the partisan galleries, to deliver an exhibition in golf, sportsmanship and entertainment.

Ryder Cup Golf Source: David J. Phillip

The highlight was on the eight green, when McIlroy drained a 55-foot monster putt for a birdie two to silence the home crowd; only for Reed to follow suit and hole a 20-footer for a two of his own.

After McIlroy sank his putt, he screamed with joy, yelling “Come on,” and then cupping his right hand to his right ear and hollering twice, “I can’t hear you,” to the crowd before making a mini bow as he walked to the edge of the green.

Reed then wiggled his finger at McIlroy in response. Both men laughed at the moment and greeted each other with fist bumps and walked off to the ninth hole patting each other on the back and smiling.

They made the turn all square after both going out in 32.

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Fast start essential for Europe as Singles Sunday at Hazeltine promises great drama

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