Garcia was the only player not to find water at the par three, but Europe still could not square the contest and the American pair won four more holes before the turn - three with birdies. Playing against a team like that, that's putting that well, you're going to have to make a lot of birdies.
The US, seeking a first overseas win in 25 years, had the better of a topsy-turvy fourballs session, with Spieth particularly impressive when he and Thomas beat Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up. "We've seen the scenarios play out over the years". They just need the rest of the USA team to start playing like them. If European captain Thomas Bjorn had scribbled down a list of goals for his team this week on a chalkboard before the matches began, silencing Reed would have been at or near the top of that list of things to do. You can lose any match in the Ryder Cup and you can win any match. "His pace looked a little bit slow walking; I think that's expected coming off a big win".
Furyk picked exactly the same pairs for Saturday's fourballs - players with 23 major titles between them - but this time, with a teasing north-easterly wind up across Le Golf National, they could barely locate a fairway or green.
After getting off to a good start in the Friday morning four-ball matches that saw the USA go up 3-1 over the Europeans, things came unraveled. Furyk said he would shake up the order for Saturday afternoon foursomes, and that meant keeping Lefty on the bench.
"I think we had the momentum going into the afternoon but we just didn't carry it in", said Furyk.
Unlike in the past two Ryder Cups, when he was vocal and antagonistic toward the European players and fans, this week Reed has been as quiet as a shy sixth grader trying to fit in at a new school.
Rory McIlroy, who has won two from four outings so far, will open the singles clashes against Justin Thomas, who has taken half of the U.S. points with good friend Jordan Spieth.
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"Any time a team's come back from four points, it's been a fast start and a solid middle to late part of the line-up".
After silencing Woods with a stunning victory in the Friday fourballs they met America's talisman in both Saturday's sessions and beat him comfortably, securing the points with three holes to spare in the morning when he was partnered for a second time by Patrick Reed and four to spare when Bryson DeChambeau then joined the 14-times major victor here at Le Golf National.
This time, Tony Finau made a more conventional birdie on No. 16, contributing to another rally in the Ryder Cup. They delivered, once again, by savaging Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau and, at one stage, Europe were 10-4 up.
His pairing with Thomas, the two young men but old friends, had sparkled in Friday morning's fourballs but lost their way in the foursomes as the wind picked up in the afternoon.
Also on Sunday, Tiger Woods will play in his 37th career Ryder Cup match.
"If we can get two or three points early, it gets to be quiet and uneasy around here".
Casey is back in the European team after a 10-year absence for various reasons: A controversial wild-card snub in 2010, poor form in 2012 in 2014, and a lack of European Tour membership in 2016.