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Ryder Cup capsules
Question of the Day
MEDINAH, ILL. (AP) - A capsule look at the 12 singles matches Sunday in the Ryder Cup:
Luke Donald, Europe, def. Bubba Watson, United States, 2 and 1.
Watson revved up the crowd to cheer as he hit his opening tee shot, and while he hooked it badly, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt before Donald made his from 6 feet. That was Watson’s lone highlight until it was too late. Watson bogeyed the second hole and didn’t make a birdie until the par-5 seventh. Donald pulled away by winning the 11th and 12th with a birdie and par, and on the 13th, Donald hit into the water and still halved the hole when Watson made bogey. Donald missed birdie putts of 5 feet on No. 14 and 7 feet on No. 15 that would have won the match, and then Watson chipped in for birdie on the 16th, Donald’s lead was 2 up with two to play. Not to worry. Watson hit his tee shot into the gallery on the 17th, while Donald hit a longer bunker shot to a foot for par and the win.
Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Webb Simpson, United States, 2 up.
Poulter made it a perfect week, and for the second time in two days, rallied on the back nine to turn a deficit into a win. Simpson was 2 up through six holes, mostly through Poulter’s mistakes. None were more memorable than Simpson’s blunders _ a bogey from the trees on the seventh, and a cold shank on the eighth tee to hand Poulter another hole. Simpson went 1 up with a birdie on the 10th, and Poulter squared the match with a birdie on the 12th. The decisive shot came on 17, when Simpson pulled it into a back bunker and missed a 10-foot par putt as Poulter took his first lead. From the right rough, Poulter ripped a shot over the trees to 12 feet. Simpson hit well long, missed his putt and conceded Poulter’s birdie.
Rory McIlroy, Europe, def. Keegan Bradley, United States, 2 and 1.
The most anticipated match almost didn’t happen when McIlroy kept seeing his tee time as 12:25 EST _ Chicago is in the central time zone. He received a police escort to the course, arrived 10 minutes before his match, only had time had for a few putts _ and never trailed. McIlroy had three straight birdies early (one was conceded) and was 2 up at the turn. Bradley fought back to all square with a birdie on the 10th and McIlroy’s bogey on the 12th. McIlroy seized control when Bradley’s second on the par-5 14th wound up behind a tree and he made par. On the 15th, Bradley hit into the gallery on the 15th, and after a great flop shot, missed his birdie putt to fall 2 down. They halved the next two holes with pars. Yes, you can say McIlroy rolled out of bed and won his match.
Justin Rose, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson, United States, 1 up.
In a key match for Europe to build momentum, Rose delivered a critical point that not many saw coming. Mickelson lost the first two holes, squared the match three holes later, and it was tight from there. Mickelson appeared to seize control with a birdie on the 14th to go 1 up for his first lead, and then a tee shot to the front collar of the par-4 15th. But he failed to make birdie, Rose made a 12-footer for par to halve the 16th, and the fireworks followed. Mickelson hit a great chip behind the 17th for a certain par, and Rose squared the match with a 35-foot birdie putt. On the 18th, Mickelson’s approach went long, and Rose made a 12-foot birdie putt for the win.
Paul Lawrie, Europe, def. Brandt Snedeker, United States, 5 and 3.
Lawrie didn’t have a point going into singles, though he had been playing well. On his own, he showed it and buried Snedeker. Lawrie took his first lead when he chipped in from behind the fourth green, and then he hit a 6-iron to 6 feet for eagle on the fifth hole. He went 3 up on the ninth with another birdie. Snedeker’s birdie on the 10th gave him hope, but he started missing the kind of putts that carried him through the FedEx Cup playoffs. Snedeker bogeyed three straight holes to fall 5 down, and Lawrie closed him out with a sand wedge into 3 feet for a conceded birdie on the 15th.
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