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Soon after, Watson hits his tee shot at the par-3 17th into the gallery behind the green.

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2:23 p.m.

Donald puts Watson away to pull Europe ton 10-7.

More “Luuuukes!” as he stops for an interview.

“I feel a lot of love from the crowd,” Donald said, “and just a lot of relief that that game is over.”

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2:41 p.m.

McIlroy continues to show that practice is overrated _ especially when your opponent does your work for you.

Bradley, who’s been the emotional engine for the Americans, tries to drive the reachable 15th green. He winds up just in front of a grandstand and makes a nice recovery shot to set up a par. McIlroy takes the easier route. He lays up with his drive, knocks his approach to a couple of feet and slides in an easy birdie to go 2-up. After he finishes off Bradley two holes later, an interviewer asks, “Extra special to take out what is their talisman really?”

“When I got the match up,” concedes McIlroy, who isn’t ranked No. 1 in the world for nothing, “I liked it.”

Apparently.

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3:07 p.m.

Lawrie mercifully closes out Snedeker at No. 15, the earliest any match would end. Good thing, too, because the Americans manage to take only 1 1/2 points from the six matches that reach the 18th. Europe climbs to 10-8.

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