Ryder Cup LIVE: Day two updates as Team Europe looks to close gap on Team USA at Whistling Straits

RYDER CUP LIVE: Team Europe bid to make comeback from disastrous start against Team USA on day two at Whistling Straits as out-of-sorts Rory McIlroy is dropped for the foursomes

Team Europe has won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but its hopes of retaining the prestigious trophy hang by a thread after Team USA opened up a four-point gap on Day One at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The Americans won both sessions 3-1 to take a 6-2 lead on Friday, their biggest ever lead after the first day of the Ryder Cup and require just 8.5 points to win back the trophy for the first time since they triumphed at Hazeltine five years ago.

The Europeans, meanwhile, face an uphill battle to reach the 14 points they need to retain the Ryder Cup and may have to produce another stunning comeback like the one they pulled at Medinah in 2012.

Captain Padraig Harrington has reshuffled his pack, dropping Rory McIlroy for Saturday’s foursomes after the Northern Irishman lost both of his matches on Friday. 

The four-time major winner will sit out for the first time in his Ryder Cup career, after playing 26 straight matches since making his debut in 2010. 

Follow Sportsmail‘s DAN CANCIAN for live coverage of Day two, as Team Europe seeks to close the gap on Team USA. 

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