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Ryder Cup: Team Europe turn on the screws

You might have been forgiven for thinking that you were watching highlights of Day 1 when you sat down to watch Day 2 action at this year's Ryder Cup.

The morning session, like on Day 1, belonged to Team USA, as they won 2.5 to 1.5.

The overnight score of 5-3 in favour of Europe narrowed slightly to 6.5 to 5.5 before Europe blew the USA away in the afternoon session 3.5 to 0.5, exactly as they had done the previous day.

This meant the Day 2 score was 10-6 in favour of Europe.

Coincidentally this was the same score line at the end of Day 2 at Medinah in 2012, except that on that occasion the USA held the lead going into the final day.

The fact that Europe rallied on the final day and were able to overturn that deficit will not have escaped the reckoning of Europe's captain Paul McGinley, who will only allow any celebrations once they have the 14 points needed to retain the Cup.

That being said, the truth remains that the Europeans are the better team and have shown that over the first two days.

They too will recall Medinah and have sharp focus on the 4 points needed for the win.

Ian Poulter was back to his eye-popping, fist-pumping best again in the company of Rory McIlroy yesterday and that kind of momentum will stop if not flatten the best players in the world.

It was an inspired piece of captaincy from McGinley, who spotted that his morale-boosting talisman was waning a bit and just needed a 'confidence injection' of his own.

The final day's individual pairings will be exciting to watch. McIlroy will face Rickie Fowler in the marquee game of the day.

Keep an eye out for world number 3, Sergio García, up against world number 4 Jim Furyk.

García will do well to weather that storm.

Graeme McDowell will face the ridiculously talented Jordan Spieth in the first match out.

Spieth will have little time for respect for the more experienced Ryder Cup player and will look to put McDowell to the sword quickly and by a big margin.

And beware of Justin Rose!

His form has been amazing the last few days and he should cruise home against Hunter Mahan in Match 4.

The 'forgotten' men of the Ryder Cup, Stephen Gallacher (last seen on Friday morning) and Phil Mickelson (last seen on Friday afternoon) face each other in Match 5 in what might, by that stage, already be a dead rubber.

On current form Team Europe will walk this one and win by a big margin.

A loss here will be an even bigger turnaround than at Medinah… And Messrs Fowler, Spieth and Furyk will be among those plotting just that.

Jeremy Harris is the afternoon sports anchor at Kfm and Cape Talk and is the specialist golf correspondent for EWN Sport. He is a keen golfer and plays off a 6 at his home club, Arabella. He is the voice of the Sunshine Tour weekly highlights and monthly magazine programmes on Supersport.

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