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Europe reduce deficit

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Sergio Garcia produced a stunning comeback against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth in the fourballs to seal a half point and help Europe cut the United States' lead to one point on day two of The Ryder Cup.

The duo had claimed a point in the fourballs on Friday but were four down with six holes to play against the home side's star pairing at Hazeltine National.

They then won four holes out of five from the 13th to take the match up the last and a closing half meant Europe took the session 2½-1½ to take the overall score to 6½-5½, a remarkable fightback after surrendering yesterday's foursomes 4-0.

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continued their excellent partnership with a 4 and 2 win over Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson to initially cut the gap to one point but Brooks Koepka and Brandt Snedeker were 3 and 2 winners over Matthew Fitzpatrick and Henrik Stenson.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood were then taken up the last by Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker as they prevailed one up before the Spanish duo's late heroics.

Reed put approaches close on the second and third with Spieth making birdies and bogeys from the Spanish duo on the sixth and 11th had the USA four up.

An American bogey on the 13th left the door slightly ajar and another on the 15th followed by a European birdie on the next as Garcia holed an eight-footer up the slope had nerves jangling.

Garcia missed the green off the 17th tee but Cabrera Bello rolled in the birdie putt from the fringe and a par up the last secured a remarkable half.

"This is the Ryder Cup, it's as simple as that," said Garcia. "I had to take a lot of breaths on 17 and 18 because emotions were so high, to be able to get it back to all square and see that we actually had a chance of winning the match.

"All credit to my partner in his first Ryder Cup. I'm so happy for him."

Cabrera Bello added: "We saw a window of opportunity, they made a few mistakes and we played well down the last few holes and managed to snatch the tie."

In the top game, an eight-footer from McIlroy put Europe one up on the second and the United States got in serious trouble on the next two, with Mickelson being forced into his second right-handed shot of the week on the fifth as a three-hole gap was opened up.

A European bogey on the ninth and USA birdie on the tenth after McIlroy found the trees cut the gap but the Northern Irishman drained an 18-footer on the 11th before the Americans hit back with another birdie.

A dropped shot on the 14th was the beginning of the end for Fowler and Mickelson, with a Pieters putt from 15 feet on the next and a birdie after hitting the green in two on the 16th sealing the deal.

"To go out first, put a point on the board for Europe, that's what we wanted to do," said McIlroy. "We wanted to start the session off in the right vein."

"We hit good shots together," added Pieters. "If I hit a bad one, he comes back and has a brilliant one after that. It's been like that for the last two days and it's working nicely."

That match cut the overall score to 5-4 but the United States reopened a two-point gap with a win in match two.

Bogeys on the first after going over the green and the fourth after a missed short Stenson putt had Europe two down but Fitzpatrick holed a clutch 15-footer on the seventh and then hit a brilliant chip into the 11th to even things up.

A stunning tee-shot from Koepka on the 13th after hitting a shank on the previous hole then moved the Americans ahead and they went two up with a birdie on the 15th, claiming the match on the next after Fitzpatrick found the water.

"It was a great experience," said Fitzpatrick. "Obviously not the result we wanted but I felt we both played well enough and we probably could have got something out of it. It's just one of those things."

A Rose ten-footer on the seventh moved Europe ahead in match three and a stunning approach from the senior member of the duo produced a birdie on the tenth.

Johnson missed a two-foot putt on the 13th to send Europe three up but United States birdies on the 14th and 16th - the latter after Rose had found the water, set up a tense finish.

"Every single shot you hit, there's so much pressure on it," said debutant Wood. 

"When you know you're playing with a guy like this next to you, there's nothing to be worried about. Such a solid guy to have alongside me."

"My wings aren't big enough to carry this player and certainly there was no need to," added Rose. "He was absolutely class today. Stepped up from the word go. I had so much faith in him all day which made my job really easy. I could just focus on my game and didn't have to worry about his game."