Andy Murray has decided to end his season, according to British media reports, after his revival at the Shenzhen Open was halted in straight sets by a familiar foe, Fernando Verdasco, in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Europe produced a barnstorming Ryder Cup comeback on Friday as they swept the foursomes in devastating style to take an overnight 5-3 lead and leave the United States dazed and bewildered after they had won the fourballs 3-1.
United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk defended his decision to play Phil Mickelson in the foursomes on the opening day of the Ryder Cup on Friday and also dismissed concerns that Tiger Woods might be hindered by back issues.
What a difference a lunch-break can make. As the shadows lengthened on the 16th green, Rory McIlroy high-fived partner Ian Poulter to celebrate their Ryder Cup foursomes win for Europe and banish any lingering demons from a frustrating morning.
Any lingering concerns about why the Ryder Cup has come to France, a country with precious little golfing tradition, were put to bed amid memorable scenes on a remarkable first day of competition at Le Golf National on Friday.
Tiger Woods made a subdued start to his first Ryder Cup in six years as he and partner Patrick Reed squandered a two-hole lead and lost lose three and one to Europeans Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood at Le Golf National on Friday.