Europe was inspired by the stunning partnership of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Italy's British Open champion Francesco Molinari, who were unbeaten in all four matches together, including a second victory over Tiger Woods - this time with Bryson DeChambeau - in Saturday afternoon's foursomes. "We've seen the scenarios play out over the years".
"We knew the USA was going to come out guns blazing after our wonderful performance in the foursomes yesterday", said Casey, "and I desperately wanted a point after playing a great match against Dustin and Jordan yesterday".
Having been rested in the morning, Stenson and Rose looked rusty as they made a mess of the opening hole, but gradually found their rhythm and pars on the eighth and 10th were enough to move two up.
"So we've got to get off to a good start, we know that but even if we were leading, we would say the same I think this". In Saturday morning four-balls, Reed only contributed four holes alongside Woods, and two of those were lost. He and Poulter will take on Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson in match two this afternoon.
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. "I would welcome an atmosphere that's more of a "sports" crowd and a bit more raucous, and a bit more as we face it in America".
"We came here to do a job, and it wasn't to go in the record books or anything like that", Molinari said.
World number one Johnson and Fowler won 4 and 2 against McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen, while Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka came from 2-down to beat Rose and Jon Rahm on the 18th.
But with his next shot, McIlroy smashed a drive out of bounds, allowing Spieth and Thomas to reduce the deficit.
A 4 and 3 loss tells part of the sorry story, but across the 15 holes he played, Reed ventured to areas of the course no professional has ever had to tread. 'Great players have the ability to put things right after playing badly, ' said Bjorn.
Meanwhile, Furyk has completely mismanaged Patrick Reed, twice putting him with Woods to diminish his value. At one point, they made, what, six out of eight birdies on the back nine, and only one person was in the hole at a time. 11 and 13, before the Americans' turnaround started. Woods, coming off an inspiring victory at the Tour Championship for his first title since his litany of back surgeries, has looked flat in the Paris suburbs.
"We both got a tear in our eye", Casey said, "and the stewardess thought clearly, 'Oh, they must have had a massive row'".
That got the US a hole back, and they were ahead when a poor Poulter pitch and a yipped McIlroy putt led to European bogeys at the 6th and 8th.
It has been 10 years since Casey last played in this competition, his emotions as the match was sealed reflecting what it means to him to be back.
And that's exactly the way the European team wants Reed: silenced.
Only Spieth of the U.S. superstars was playing close to his usual esteemed standards.