Ryder Cup: Day 2 re-cap and Day 3 pairings
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/29/12
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.

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.

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?

In the United States, NBC will take the air at 11 a.m. Central Time  The remainder of the broadcast and webcast schedule is available here.

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