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Result: United States lead Europe 4-0 in Ryder Cup after opening foursomes

Europe finds itself on the receiving end of a whitewash in the opening foursomes session of the Ryder Cup as the USA take a 4-0 lead at Hazeltine National.

Europe have got off to the worst possible start in the 41st Ryder Cup as they were whitewashed by the United States in the opening foursomes session at Hazeltine National.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed dealt the opening blow against the pairing of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who managed only a single birdie in a 3&2 defeat in the top match.

Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer then lost 4&2 to Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson, while Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters were thrashed 5&4 by Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler went on to seal the first USA whitewash since 1981 by beating Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan one up.

The result is also the Americans' first 4-0 win in an opening session since Arnold Palmer captained the side in 1975.

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Andy Sullivan of England plays a shot during the second round of the South African Open at Glendower Golf Club on January 9, 2015
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