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Furyk put his second shot on the back fringe of the green but ran his first putt 6 feet by. After Garcia two-putted for his par, Furyk had his putt for a half-point that would prove crucial to the U.S. chances of winning the cup.

After looking the putt over for a long time from several angles, Furyk missed it to the right.

“I hit it what I thought was right edge or outside, and it stayed there the whole time and caught a piece of the hole,” Furyk said.

By the time Stricker got to the 17th green, the outcome of the matches depended on what he and Woods did. If they could get a point and a half out of their two matches, the U.S. would win the cup.

But Stricker couldn’t get up and down from just in back of the green, going 1-down to Martin Kaymer. Stricker salvaged par on the 18th with an 8-footer, but Kaymer’s par putt clinched the cup for Europe.

“We’ll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and we’re resilient,” Stricker said. “As golfers you have got to be. It’s the nature of the game. We’ll be disappointed for sure, but we’ll all be all right.”