WESTWOOD-KAYMER (EUR) DEF.
THE SKINNY Americans were 6-under par through 15 holes in a
match that was never close..
CRITICAL MOMENT Stricker made a long putt for birdie on the
ninth, putting his team 3-up.
BIGGEST BLUNDER The Europeans failed to make par at the par- 3
13th that would have cut the lead to 2-up.
STRICKER-WOODS (USA) DEF.
POULTER-FISHER (EUR), 2-UP
THE SKINNY Stricker carries Tiger with four birdies on back side,
including match-ending conceded birdie on final hole.
CRITICAL MOMENT Stricker’s birdie chip on the 12th bangs off pin
and goes in to give U.S. a lead it never relinquished.
BIGGEST BLUNDER Counting on Woods. He was wildly erratic and
clearly still struggling with his swing.
FOWLER-FURYK (USA) HALVED
WITH KAYMER-WESTWOOD (EUR)
THE SKINNY Two-up after three holes, the marquee European
pairing failed to hold the lead.
CRITICAL MOMENT Furyk stuffed a sand wedge to four feet at the
18th and Fowler made the putt to halve the match.
BIGGEST BLUNDER Fowler dropped the wrong ball in a relief situ-
ation, costing his team the fourth hole.
MCILROY-MCDOWELL (EUR) HALVED
WITH CINK-KUCHAR (USA)
THE SKINNY After slow start, rookie McIlroy birdies three of last
six holes to save Euros’ bacon.
CRITICAL MOMENT McIlroy rattles in 30-foot bomb for birdie on
the par- 3 17th to square the match.
BIGGEST BLUNDER McIlroy misses four-foot birdie putt on the
11th to lose hole and send Europe 2-down.
Z. JOHNSON-MAHAN (USA) DEF.
E. MOLINARI-F. MOLINARI (EUR), 2-UP
THE SKINNY Sat out on the first day, Johnson and Mahan ruin
the debut of the Molinari brothers.
CRITICAL MOMENT Johnson made an 18-foot birdie putt on the
17th hole to put the Americans 1-up.
BIGGEST BLUNDER Francesco Molinari left a 15-footer for
birdie short on the 18th.
OVERTON-WATSON (USA) DEF.
HARRINGTON-DONALD (EUR), 3 AND 2
THE SKINNY Rookie Overton was star of the session; four bird-
ies in a row from 9-12 and six overall.
CRITICAL MOMENT Overton’s 30-foot birdie putt from off green
on first hole won hole and set tone for match.
BIGGEST BLUNDER Harrington’s play in general. The Irishman
pitched a shutout – no birdies.
FISHER-HARRINGTON (EUR) DEF.
MICKELSON-D. JOHNSON (USA), 3 AND 2
THE SKINNY The Mickelson-Johnson pairing lost its second
CRITICAL MOMENT Fisher-Harrington made three straight
birdies, from holes 8-10, to put away the match.
BIGGEST BLUNDER Pavin, for not splitting up Mickelson and
Johnson in foursomes, a mistake he did not repeat in the afternoon.