The 39th Ryder Cup Matches at Medinah Country Club
almost got completely away from the European team on Saturday. Surprisingly, through two days and 16 matches, none of the matches have been halved - something that hasn't happened since 1995 at Oak Hill. After two days there, the U.S. held a 9-7 lead over the Europeans, who then shocked everyone by winning 7½ points in the singles and took the Ryder Cup back across the pond.
SATURDAY MORNING FOURSOMES SUMMARY:
SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOUR-BALLS SUMMARY:
Ian Poulter and Justin Rose def. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, 1-up
After trading the lead on the outward nine, Poulter and Rose grabbed the lead at 10 and never let go.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley def. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, 7 & 6
Talk about a thrashing! Keegan and Phil were 2-up after two holes and devoured Westwood and Donald like a pair of piranhas.
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson def. Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia, 2 & 1
After losing the second hole, Colsaerts and Garcia fought back at 6 and 10, then lost 12 and 13. Garcia got one back at 16, but that was that.
Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker def. Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, 1-up
Furyk and Snedeker won the first hole; Rors and G-Mac never could get them back to all-square.
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson def. Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari, 5 & 4
Bubba and Webb won the first hole and never looked back.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar def. Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie, 1-up
Dustin and Kuchar took the lead after the second hole, but Colsaerts and Lawrie fought back to all-square twice. The Americans took the lead back at the 17th and held on at the end.
Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald def. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, 1-up
Sergio and Luke broke out to a 1-up lead after the first and had a 4-up lead after the first nine. Woods and Stricker clawed their way back to 1-down at 16, but couldn't reel in the Euros.
It *is* interesting that Tiger has played quite well on Friday and Saturday afternoons, but is still 0-3-0 this weekend. But in view of the Sunday pairings, it is unlikely that he will go 0-4-0.
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter def. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, 1-up
Dufner and Zach broke out to a lead after the first hole, but Rors and Poults clawed back. McIlory nailed a birdie at 12, while Poulter hit an awesome bunker shot at 15 to get the match squared. He then sank a 30-foot dagger at 16 to grab the lead after Dufner missed his own putt. Poulter and Zach threw darts at the 17th green, halving the hole. At 18, Dufner made birdie, but Poulter made a 12-footer of his own to finish off a stunning win.
Ian Poulter's performance Saturday afternoon gives his team some hope going into the singles matches. However, the numbers facing the European team remain daunting:
A few eye-openers are amongst the Sunday pairings - including the anchor match.
SUNDAY SINGLES MATCH PAIRINGS:
MATCH 1, 11:03 a.m.
Luke Donald vs. Bubba Watson
MATCH 2, 11:14 a.m.
Ian Poulter vs. Webb Simpson
MATCH 3, 11:25 a.m.
Rory McIlroy vs. Keegan Bradley
MATCH 4, 11:36 a.m.
Justin Rose vs. Phil Mickelson
MATCH 5, 11:47 a.m.
Paul Lawrie vs. Brandt Snedeker
MATCH 6, 11:58 a.m.
Nicolas Colsaerts vs. Dustin Johnson
MATCH 7, 12:09 p.m.
Graeme McDowell vs. Zach Johnson
MATCH 8, 12:20 p.m.
Sergio Garcia vs. Jim Furyk
MATCH 9, 12:31 p.m.
Peter Hanson vs. Jason Dufner
MATCH 10, 12:42 p.m.
Lee Westwood vs. Matt Kuchar
MATCH 11, 12:53 p.m.
Martin Kaymer vs. Steve Stricker
MATCH 12, 1:04 p.m.
Francesco Molinari vs. Tiger Woods
The first four matches out appear to be toss-ups, Snedeker should seemingly be able to take care of Lawrie and Zach Johnson would appear to have the edge over G-Mac, as would Kuchar over Westwood. But Nic Colsaerts has played well all weekend, so Dustin Johnson might have his hands full.
It will be Kaymer versus Stricker and Molinari versus Tiger at the end. Chances are good that Woods could enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon dining "al Francesco
," but will the Cup still hang in the balance by then?
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