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Europe held a convincing 10.5-5.5 lead over the United States at the start of Day 3 of the Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy.
Although Europe moved to within four points of victory at the end of Day 2, there was a flashpoint when Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy remonstrated with American Patrick Cantlay’s caddie on the 18th green.
McIlroy was displeased with Joe LaCava’s celebration of Cantlay’s 30-foot birdie putt, and a later confrontation in a car park demonstrated how much victory can mean.
There are 12 singles sessions scheduled today, teeing off every 12 minutes in a potentially thrilling conclusion to the contest.
Will the USA mount a comeback? Will Europe finish the job? The Sporting News is on hand to answer all those questions with live coverage below.
Ryder Cup live scores
Ryder Cup updates, highlights from Day 3
(All times BST)
11:25 am: Blue on the board as Rory takes a 1 Up lead against Burns. The American’s tee shot got him in trouble straight from the off and couldn’t recover.
11:16 am: Scheffler ties it up after Rahm found trouble on and around the green.
11:15 am: Cantlay surprises everyone and can’t make the birdie putt, the crowd goes wild.
11:12 am: As the fourth match begins, Burns pushes his drive to the right in the rough and McIlroy bombs one up the middle.
11:07 am: Scheffler can’t make his birdie putt for the win at the second meanwhile Cantlay’s approach shot gives him a wonderful opportunity for his fourth birdie in a row after last night’s spectacular finish.
11:00 am: Despite the immense pressure, Cantlay finds the fairway with ease. Justin Rose stays as composed as ever with a fairway-finding drive.
10:58 am: Cantlay has just come out to the first tee and is greeted with loud boos and a sea of European hats being sarcastically waved.
10:55 am: Hovland’s birdie putt misses left but Morikawa can’t take advantage to go 1 Up. That stays all square through the first.
10:51 am: Rahm sinks it! He goes 1 Up against Scheffler.
10:50 am: The second pairing gets underway and much to the delight of the European fans, Morikawa pulls it left. Hovland then gets the home crowd off its feet with a fairway-finding 3-wood.
10:46 am: Scheffler leaves his putt short for a tap-in par giving Rahm the chance to go 1 Up with a birdie-putt.
10:41 am: Rahm’s approach shot from 163 hits the green with a chance for birdie. Scottie had just under 140 but leaves it outside of Rahm so he’ll be putting first.
10:35 am: The first singles match has begun. Scottie’s drive is exactly what he’d have dreamt about last night as it sits in the middle of the fairway. Rahm’s is a carbon copy but a few yards short of the American.
10:32 am: Scottie Scheffler is out on the first tee early and Jon Rahm follows a minute or two later. The crowd erupts and that first tee is rocking! The final day of the 2023 Ryder Cup is upon us.
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) October 1, 2023
10:15 am: We’ve already had a few thunderclaps to start the day at the first tee, we’re now getting close to some golf action! The excitement, and the nerves, are building.
9:50 am: The first pairing gets underway in a little over half an hour and it should be a great one. It’s the World Number Three Jon Rahm going up against World Number One Scottie Scheffler as the US look to build some momentum in their hopes of pulling off a miracle comeback.
9:35 am: Good morning! Welcome to The Sporting News’ live blog of the 2023 Ryder Cup — Day 3. Europe are four points from winning the trophy with 12 singles sessions ahead of us – will they triumph or can the US produce a glorious comeback?