Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed kicked off Sunday singles at the 41st Ryder Cup in historic fashion. The emotional leaders of Team Europe and Team USA matched each other with incredible shots and blood vessel-bursting celebrations. After each dropped birdie bombs to halve the eighth hole and go five-under on their respective rounds, a strange thing happened. Perhaps out of respect or a realization that the fevered pitch they had reached was unsustainable, McIlroy and Reed shared a fist-bump and left the green with their arms around one another.
It was the first sign of goodwill in what had been one of most thrilling and heated starts to a match in golf history. Funny thing is, since that friendly exchange neither player has made a birdie.
Reed won the 12th hole with a par to take a one-up lead to the 13th.
Europe is leading in three matches, the American in six, with three all square. The Americans need five points to reach the 14.5 points they need to win the Ryder Cup.