Ryder Cup 2014: Justin Rose leads Europe charge

Rose has claimed three-and-a-half points from a possible four to give Europe a 10-6 lead heading into the final day

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Justin Rose led a glorious afternoon charge at Gleneagles on Saturday to put Europe in command of the Ryder Cup.

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After wining three of the foursomes and halving the other, Europe lead 10-6 - exactly the same score as the Americans led by at the end of the second day in Medinah two years ago - and are determined to seal victory.

Rose, who is unbeaten in winning 3 and a half points, said: “The score is 10-6 and we know it’s possible (for the Americans to come back.

“It’s basically about coming out with good enthusiasm, respect your opponents, respect what can happen and understand the finish line is nowhere near yet. Still have four-and-a-half points to earn tomorrow. That’s four or five guys that need to go out and play great golf, and that’s nearly half the team. So the way I see it, we have some work to do.”

 

World No.1 Rory McIlroy warned against any thoughts that victory is near. “There can’t be any complacency,” he said. “We need to get the job done. This isn’t a walk in the park.”

Graeme McDowell urged caution, too. “We’re under no illusions,” he said. “They’ll come out all guns blazing.”

The Americans, who took just a half a point in yesterday’s afternoon foursomes, will take some heart from Europe’s comeback in Medinah. Jordan Spieth, the youngest player on the US team, said: “Everyone in our team room believes that we can do that. It’s hard for me to say this the right way without getting in trouble but, yeah, we all believe it’s possible.”

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