The United States had the lead. Rory McIlroy made sure that was all it had Friday in the Ryder Cup.
The American sweep of the opening session of matches at Hazeltine was all but forgotten when McIlroy rolled in a 20-foot eagle putt, took a bow on the 16th green and delivered a defiant message to the crowd and to the U.S. team desperate to win back the cup.
Europe isn't going anywhere.
"I'm not fazed by anything that is said by the crowd," McIlroy said. "And I'm not fazed by anything that the U.S. team throws at us."
The Americans threw a haymaker with the first opening-session sweep in four decades. Europe battled back from that 4-0...