Ian Poulter: Hertfordshire golfer helps Europe enjoy dream afternoon at the Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter celebrates with Rory McIlroy. Credit: PA

Hertfordshire's Ian Poulter won his foursomes match alongside partner Rory McIlroy as Europe pulled off an incredible fightback on the first day of the Ryder Cup in France.

The Europeans were trailing 3-1 after the morning session, but won all four of their afternoon matches to take a 5-3 lead going into Saturday.

It's the first time since 1989 that Europe have won all four matches in a single session.

Europe dominated the afternoon session. Credit: PA

Poulter, 42, had sat out the morning's play but quickly got into his stride in the afternoon as he and McIlroy saw off Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2 - despite being two down at one point.

Their success was backed up by Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose who beat Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler 3&2, while their were also victories for Sergio García and Alex Norén as well as Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.