Friday, September 26

2014 Ryder Cup: USA Has Early Edge

I WOKE UP AT 4 A.M. and clicked on the television to watch the opening fourball session at Gleneagles. The weather was cool and windy, and the play wasn't too spectacular, but I guess that was to be expected with difficult conditions and Ryder Cup pressure.

It didn't look good early for the Americans, down in three of the four matches. The one exception was the Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed dismantling of Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter.

Some late rallies lifted the United States to a one-point advantage after morning fourballs, 2 1/2 to 1 1/2.

Jimmy Walker made a clutch putt on the 18th green to secure a half point from what had looked like a losing effort. And Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson stole a point from Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in the final game of the morning.

U.S. captain Tom Watson was obviously pleased.

Friday Afternoon Foursomes

Here are the afternoon foursomes matches in progress:

Jamie Donaldson & Lee Westwood (Europe) vs. Jim Furyk & Matt Kuchar (USA)
Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson (Europe) vs. Hunter Mahan & Zach Johnson (USA)
Rory McIlroy & Sergio Garcia (Europe) vs. Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker (USA)
Victor Dubuisson & Graeme McDowell (Europe) vs. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley (USA)

Europe is currently up in two matches. The other two matches are all square.

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