WATCH: JT's reaction to Koepka and Scheffler's record 9&7 Ryder Cup defeat

Justin Thomas' reaction to learning Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka were defeated 9&7 on the second day of the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy was priceless.

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Sat, 30 Sep 2023
WATCH: JT's reaction to Koepka and Scheffler's record 9&7 Ryder Cup defeat

Justin Thomas' face said it all on Saturday morning at the Ryder Cup

Thomas had just been told by his caddie Bones that World No.1 Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka were thrashed 9&7 by Ludvig Aberg and Viktor Hovland in their morning foursomes match at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. 

At the time JT was involved in a back-and-forth duel with Jordan Spieth against Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood

Thomas, 30, and Spieth, 30, went on to lose their match 2&1 which included a lengthy rules debate where the two-times major champion asked for a second opinion from a tournament referee. 

Watch the moment JT found out about the heavy defeat:

Aberg and Hovland simply dominated Scheffler and Koepka from the off, winning nine of the first 11 holes. 

The duo carded seven birdies in their final seven holes. 

After shooting a combined 7-over with Koepka, Scheffler was reduced to tears and had to be consulted by his wife Meredith Scudder

"We make a strong team," Hovland later said. "Regardless, I think we could've met a lot of guys and we would've been tough to beat today."

The defeat handed to Scheffler and Koepka at the time pressed home Europe's 7.5 to 2.5 advantage. The session ended with Luke Donald's men leading by as many as seven points. 

The 2023 Ryder Cup has been a grind thus far for Thomas, with the American only picking up half a point from two matches. 

He was sent out once again in the afternoon by captain Zach Johnson. He played with Spieth again against Justin Rose and Robert MacIntyre

Largest margins of victory in 18-hole foursomes matches

  • 9 and 7 – Ludvig Aberg/Viktor Hovland (Europe) def. Brooks Koepka/Scottie Scheffler (USA), foursomes, 2023
  • 7 and 6 – Hale Irwin/Tom Kite (Europe) def. Ken Brown/Des Smyth (EUR), foursomes, 1979
  • 7 and 6 – Paul Azinger/Mark O'Meara (Europe) def. Nick Faldo/David Gilford (Europe), foursomes, 1991
  • 7 and 6 – Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (USA) def. Lee Westwood/Luke Donald (Europe), foursomes, 2012
  • 7 and 5 – Jose Maria Canizares/Jose Rivero (Europe) def. Tom Kite/Calvin Peete (USA), foursomes, 1985
  • 7 and 5 – Ian Woosnam/Bernhard Langer (Europe) def. Paul Azinger/Payne Stewart (USA), foursomes, 1993

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