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A 12-footer that scraped the left edge of the cup on the final hole left Woods bent over in agony, a big loser again on the first day of the Ryder Cup. With it, a European team beaten badly in every other afternoon match suddenly had some hope for the weekend.
“We just felt like we didn’t want anybody to play five matches on this golf course,” Love said.
Woods nearly hit his opening tee shot out of bounds, hit a fan on the seventh hole, and struggled to do much of anything in the morning alternate shot matches. Then he went out and made seven birdies in better ball, only to be beaten by a Belgian who couldn’t miss.
“I drove it great this afternoon and was in position,” Woods said, “but we ran into a guy who just made absolutely everything.”
The guy was Nicolas Colsaerts, who played with almost no help from Lee Westwood and ended up beating the greatest player of his time and his playing partner, one of the finest putters in the world.
Colsaerts did it not by the long drives he is known for, but by making putts and lots of them. The last one came on the 17th hole when he sunk a 25-footer for his eighth birdie of the round _ plus an eagle _ after Woods had hit his tee shot to 4 feet for a birdie that would have evened the match.
One Colsaerts did miss was a 30-footer on the final hole that he cozied up to the hole for a par. With players from both teams standing next to the green watching, Woods had 12 feet for birdie to get the U.S. team a tie and a half point.
He thought he, but the putt lipped out on the left. And for a few seconds, at least, Woods struggled to control his emotions.
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