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Bernhard Langer: 'Europe have a tough battle'

Bernhard Langer says that Europe can still win the Ryder Cup if they stay within five points of the Americans at the close of play today.

Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer has said that the US team's putting has put them in driving seat in the Ryder Cup.

Davis Love III's men are 8-4 in front following the second session of foursomes on day two at Medinah, as Europe have struggled to make birdies.

Langer, who is in Chicago for the tournament, believes that Europe can still win if they stay within five points by tomorrow's singles.

"Europe have got a very tough battle on our hands," he told BBC Sport. "The USA have home advantage and some very good putters on their team, but there are still 12 points available tomorrow, and anything can happen.

"Most of the Americans are in form and some of our guys are not. We have some good ball-strikers but sometimes the putting isn't always their strengths. These greens are lightning fast and sloping, but you've got to make the putts to win the Cup.

"If Europe are only two or one behind overnight then that would be awesome. Four or five behind and it will be very tough tomorrow."

Langer was a victorious captain at Oakland Hills in 2004.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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