In the battle of the bit hitters, Johnson never trailed, although he was plenty wild at times. He had four birdies on the front nine, along with a double bogey. Colsaerts squared the match with a birdie on the ninth. Colsaerts was poised to take his first lead of the match when he reached the par-5 10th in two. He ran his eagle putt some 5 feet by the hole, missed his birdie putt, and then lost the hole with a four-putt double bogey. Johnson made back-to-back bogeys to fall back to all square, only to make two straight birdies, the biggest one a 12-foot putt on the 15th. He closed out the Belgian with a par on the 16th.
Zach Johnson, United States, def. Graeme McDowell, Europe, 2 and 1.
McDowell, the hero in Wales, struggled at Medinah and this single match was no different. He opened with a bogey to fall 1 down and never caught back up. Johnson birdied the third and McDowell bogeyed the fourth as the American quickly went 3 up. McDowell made his first birdie on No. 9 to get with two holes, and they have the next eight holes. McDowell had a chance to make it interesting with an approach into 6 feet on the 16th. But he missed the birdie putt, and Johnson holed a 6-footer for par. Johnson closed him out with a par that McDowell conceded on the 17th.
Garcia made a birdie on the second hole for a 1-up lead in a see-saw match that took a dramatic turn at the end. Garcia’s bogey on the eighth hole gave Fury his first lead, and Garcia didn’t lead again until the end. Furyk went 1 up for the last time with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th. Furyk missed a chance to go 2 up when he missed birdie chances on the 15th and 16th holes. Garcia saved par from front bunker on the 16th. On the 17th, Furyk pulled his shot into the back left bunker, blasted out to 12 feet and missed it to square the match. On the 18th, Furyk drove into a bunker and went long of the green. He went 7 feet by the hole, and after Garcia missed his birdie putt, Furyk’s par putt to halve the match slid by on the right.
Dufner became a surprising star for the American team with his third win of the week. He had to work harder than he imagined, though. Dufner made back-to-back birdies to go 4 up through eight holes, and that’s how the match stood at the turn. Hanson won his first hole at the 10th, and then Dufner started missing putts. He made bogey on the 11th and 12th holes, and suddenly his lead was only 1 up. Dufner made a 12-foot birdie on the 13th to restore his cushion, Hanson answered with a birdie on the 14th, and then Dufner went 2 up again with a great drive on the 15th that set up birdie. Dufner bogeyed the 17th, sending the match to the 18th. But Hanson hit into the bunker on the 18th and wound up conceding a par to Dufner.
Kuchar was a birdie machine in fourballs with Dustin Johnson. He was a different player on his own. Westwood and Kuchar traded bogeys in the early going, and Westwood took a 1-up lead to the back nine when Kuchar made a bogey on the ninth hole. Kuchar answered with a birdie, but this match ultimately was decided by mistakes. Kuchar made bogey on the 12th and 13th holes, and Westwood made birdie on the 15th to go 3 up. Westwood had two putts from about 10 feet to win the match on the 16th. Kuchar had him putt both of them, including a 2-footer for par.View Entire Story
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