Reed edges McIlroy as US moves closer to Ryder Cup win

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USA's Patrick Reed chips to the green while playing the singles matches during the 41st Ryder Cup on October 2, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)
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Chaska (United States) (AFP) - Patrick Reed birdied the 18th hole to beat Rory McIlroy 1-up to move the United States closer to beat Europe and winning the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

The fiery Reed has looked impressive all week and won the marquee matchup that launched the final day's 12 singles matches.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth 3 and 2 for Europe's first victory of the day and rookie Thomas Pieters downed J.B. Holmes by the same margin to pull Europe within 10 1/2 - 8 1/2 with nine matches remaining at Hazeltine.

American golfers were in front in six other matches as the try to reach 14 1/2 points to take the trophy. Europe need 14 points to retain the Cup.

Reed hopes his victory can inspire his teammates to end America's recent misery at the Ryder Cup, which has seen them lose six of the last seven and eight of the last 10.