Poulter got Europe off to a good start with a birdie putt on the opening hole, but the Americans grabbed back the momentum with a birdie at No. 3 and another on the par-5 fifth. Simpson dragged the U.S. team down by missing four putts inside 10 feet, however, and Europe seized on the opportunity. They won two straight holes, one with a par on the par-5 10th, and then went 2 up when Simpson’s chip right of the 12th green came back down the hill. A poor chip by Rose allowed the Americans to halve the 13th with bogey. Watson made a peculiar choice on the short 15 by laying up with an iron, even though his team was 2 down. The hole was halved in pars. This was not a pretty match. The Americans won the 16th with a bogey. Simpson had an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th to earn a halve, but he missed. Europe had a 73 on its card and still won.
Donald had to face this U.S. juggernaut twice at Medinah, and the matches went a combined 27 holes. This wasn’t even close, as the Americans won the opening two holes without even having to putt _ Mickelson hit wedge to a foot on No. 1, Westwood went into the water on No. 2. Donald hit into a bunker that led to bogey on the sixth, and the Americans were on their way. Mickelson blistered a 4-wood onto the green at the seven for a birdie, and Bradley hit a 3-wood from 281 yards onto the green at the 10th. Counting the conceded birdie on No. 2, the Americans were 6 under through 10 holes, an astounding feat in foursomes. Mickelson’s wedge to a foot on the 12th was conceded for par, and the Americans matched the Ryder Cup record for largest margin. The most recent 7-and-6 win was in 1991.
Dufner missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the opening hole, made up for it with an 8-foot birdie on the second, and the Americans never trailed. This one was never easy, though. The Americans built an early 2-up lead, only to made bogey on the sixth hole. Colsaerts came down off his record performance, though he pitched in enough to help Garcia square the match with a birdie on the 11th. From there, it all fell apart. The Americans won the 12th and 13th holes with pars to go 2 up. Garcia made a birdie putt on the 16th to trim the lead to one hole, but Colsaerts hit into the water on the 17th that sealed the U.S win.
This was a replay from the opening sessions Friday, only it was the anchor match. The result was the same, but the outcome favored Furyk and Snedeker, each of whom won their first match of the week. They birdied the first hole to take the lead for good, expanded it to 2-up with another birdie on the par-5 fifth. McIlroy and McDowell were so far out of sorts that they didn’t make a birdie until the par-5 14th hole. By then, they were running out of holes. McIlroy made a 12-foot birdie on the 16th to get within one, and he had a 10-foot birdie on the 17th to square the match. He missed it. Snedeker again went right off the tee on the 18th, though not as far off line. McIlroy killed his tee shot, but McDowell’s approach was slightly long and into the collar. McIlroy missed, and Snedeker needed only two putts to win the match. He rolled it 2 feet by, and McDowell conceded the par.
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