even though there are still 16 matches still to play at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club until the ceremony is through.
The U.S. Ryder Cup team needed a huge, paradigm-shifting effort on the Saturday morning foursomes after stumbling back to the team hotel in central Rome on Friday night after losing by a score of 6 12 to 1 12.
However, the Americans only managed to score one of the four points they could have in the morning, losing 3-1 and behind 9 12 to 2 12.
There are 16 points still in play and Europe needs just five of them to win the Ryder Cup back.
The day began ominously with Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka crushed, 9&7, by Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg in what was the most lopsided defeat in the 44-year history of the Ryder Cup.
Max Homa and Brian Harman defeated Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka 4&2 to give the United States its first complete point of the week long after Koepka and Scheffler
A short while later, though, "Fleetwood Mac" duo Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood defeated Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas 2&1 to take an 8 12 to 2 12 lead.
That left one morning-session match still on the course — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele were 1-down to Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton through 13 holes.