Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler Beat McIlroy, Stenson in Rider Cup

January 20, 2016

We are still nine months away from the Ryder Cup between Europe and America, but debuting Tuesday was a similarly named competition: the Rider Cup.

And, surprisingly, the Americans won this time.

During a practice day at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson matched up in a one-hole Europe vs. America competition on Golf Boards. The teams raced to the green on their boards, where the team with both balls holed first winning.

Unlike recent Ryder Cups, the Americans came out on top, with Fowler boxing out Stenson for enough room to sink the tap-in winner. Take a look at the hilarity that ensued here:

Afterward, McIlroy spoke about the challenge with Ewan Murray of The Guardian.

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“Actually, Jordan nearly took me out,” McIlroy said. “We collided halfway down the fairway. Thankfully I didn’t fall off. It was really good fun, a nice way to start the week.”

McIlroy doesn’t need reminding he missed valuable time in 2015 after rupturing an ankle ligament during a recreational soccer match with friends. The No. 3 player in the world isn’t going to live a sheltered life, though. “You can’t wrap yourself in cotton wool all the time,” he said.