At The Turn: Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter surge two holes up on Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker

Rory McIlroy makes two birdies at the end of the front nine to edge Europe ahead of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the final fourball match of the 40th Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy made two birdies at the end of the front nine to edge him and Ian Poulter two holes ahead of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the final fourball match of the 40th Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy of Europe celebrates his birdie on the 8th green during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

After his first Ryder Cup loss since 2010 in the fourballs with Stephen Gallacher yesterday, Poulter made an encouraging start with a close approach from the rough and winning a birdie at the first hole.

Both pairs then birdied the second before Fowler and Walker both missed birdie chances to square the match at the third.

They did level it up at the fifth, though, when Walker produced a birdie at the hardest hole on the course as McIlroy and Poulter failed to even make par.

Six and seven were halved before world number one McIlroy took over at the end of the front nine, birdieing the eighth and ninth to put Europe 2 up at the turn.

Follow the back nine's play with Sports Mole's up-to-the-minute live blog right here.

Justin Rose of Europe celebrates his putt to win the 8th hole during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles on September 27, 2014
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