Ryder Cup: Europe hang on to slender advantage

Rose dazzles as America fight back

Rose/Stenson beat Watson/Kuchar 3&2

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson made it three from three in the one of the best scoring displays in Ryder Cup history. The Europeans were actually two down after six but then reeled off 10 straight birdies, the majority coming from Rose.

The Englishman holed all manner of putts, including from off the green at the 10th,  while Stenson chipped in with five birdies of his own.

The Americans shook hands after producing eight birdies of their own, the best being a 35-footer from the fringe at 15 to secure an unlikely half with Stenson whose 7-iron finished stone dead.

But the final word went deservedly to Rose who, after finding himself out of position at the par-5 16th, pitched to just a few inches for Europe’s 12th birdie of a remarkable morning.

Donaldson/Westwood lost to Furyk/Mahan 4&3

Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan recorded their first points of the 40th Ryder Cup as Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood failed to win a hole.

The Americans dovetailed beautifully with Mahan adding four birdies, and an eagle, and Furyk two while the elder statesman also took care of plenty of the majority of the halves.

The visitors turned in six under with the four European birdies only being good enough for three halves and a loss at the 14th where Mahan eagled the drivable 14th.

That made it four up with four to play and that was pretty much that.
"The Americans shook hands 3&2 losers after producing eight birdies of their own" Bjorn/Kaymer lost to Reed/Spieth 5&3

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth did it again; on Friday morning they opened up with a 5&4 victory, this time they took one more hole to add another point.

The Europeans started strongly with three birdies for a two-hole lead but then made a mess of the 5th and the youngsters then took control.

Spieth had five birdies in total, Reed three as they won five of the last seven holes. Kaymer, who began with a pair of birdies, offered little in terms of resistance while Bjorn’s chip-in birdie at the 7th was only good enough for a half with Reed’s stiff approach.

McIlroy/Poulter v Walker/Fowler Halved
Rickie Fowler remains winless in six Ryder Cup outings as Ian Poulter finally arrived at the Gleneagles party.

The American youngster has halved five of his six matches as he and Jimmy Walker shook’s hands once more on level terms.

After a birdie-birdie start by Poulter his partner McIlroy propped up the Europeans and the home side reached the turn with a two-hole advantage after the four-time Major winner found the par-5 9th in two.

Fowler then holed out from sand and a brace of birdies from Walker at 11 and 13 meant Tom Watson’s men were ahead for the first time.

An out-of-sorts Poulter then emerged from nowhere, chipping in at the 15th after Fowler’s approach had run up to a few feet and then rolling in a curling eight-footer at the next after driving into sand.

It was left to Fowler to have a 20-foot eagle putt for victory, with McIlroy, Poulter and Walker all playing brilliant chips or pitches, but the putt stayed out.

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