At The Turn: Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson in control in opening fourballs

Europe's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson open up a three-shot advantage over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson at the turn in the opening fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson have put Europe in firm control after nine holes in the opening fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

Justin Rose (R) of Europe celebrates his birdie with Henrik Stenson on the 4th hole during the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles on September 26, 2014© Getty Images

A missed five-foot putt from Watson allowed Europe to steal the early advantage on the second, before Stenson drained a putt on the fourth to establish a gap ahead of their American opponents.

All four players failed to make par on the fifth as the hole was halved, but Stenson and Rose missed opportunities on six and seven to almost put the game out of sight of the misfiring Americans.

Another hole was in the European pairing's grasp at the eighth but both Rose and Stenson missed birdie putts, with the Swede's lipping out to safety.

The ninth saw both Stenson and Simpson set up birdie opportunities, and after the American sent his effort to the right, Stenson stepped up to hole from 10 feet to open up a three-shot lead at the turn.

You can keep track of the back nine by following Sports Mole's live text coverage.

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