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Ryder Cup: Day 2 preview
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/28/12
When the sun rises on Medinah Country Club on Saturday morning, the home team will have a healthy lead, thanks mostly to strong play on Friday afternoon.


But after going 0-2 on Friday, Tiger Woods is on the bench for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.

At Friday evening's presser at Medinah, U.S. captain Davis Love III insisted that he and his assistant captains had planned all along that none of his team members would play in all five sessions - and this sounds credible, given the four-week FedEx Cup playoffs that led up to this weekend's matches.  Plus, Woods did not play badly on Friday afternoon.

But Belgium's newest sports hero, Nicolas Colsaerts, was draining long putts practically from the Loop, including a shocking dagger at 17 to guarantee the European team at least a half-point they badly needed.

MATCH 1, 7:20 a.m. CT
  Ian Poulter and Justin Rose  vs.    Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson

No surprises here; Poulter and Rose were strong together Friday morning in their 2 & 1 win over Woods and Stricker, while Watson and Simpson slaughtered Lawrie and Hanson 5 & 4 Friday afternoon.

MATCH 2, 7:35 a.m. CT
  Lee Westwood and Luke Donald  vs.    Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson

Only one surprise in this pairing - Lee Westwood playing on Saturday morning. He went very wobbly Friday afternoon and simply was not a factor. The only reason he isn't 0-2 going into Saturday is that Nicolas Colsaerts carried him all afternoon.

MATCH 3, 7:50 a.m. CT
  Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia  vs.    Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

If Colsaerts picks up where he left off on Friday evening, Dufner and Zach might be in trouble - and Garcia should be fresh, too.

MATCH 4, 8:05 a.m. CT
  Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell  vs.    Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker

G-Mac wasn't strong particularly strong on Friday, but in this writer's opinion, European captain José María Olazábal is smart to keep these two together. Likewise, sending Furyk and Snedeker out could arguably represent something of a leap of faith on the part of U.S. captain Davis Love III.
In the United States, NBC will carry the Ryder Cup from 8:00 a.m. CT until a scheduled 6:00 p.m. CT conclusion, or very probably when the last ball is in the hole after 6 p.m.  The remainder of the broadcast and webcast schedule is available here.

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