How it happened: A 2-2 tie after morning foursomes

USA's Keegan Bradley celebrates after winning their foursomes match on the 15th hole at the Ryder Cup Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Europe got off to a quick start, but the U.S. was able to fight back to salvage a 2-2 tie after the morning foursomes session at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

See how it all unfolded with our Tracker:

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FOURSOMES (USA 2, EUROPE 2)

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 17

Americans need a big shot here and Tiger finds the green, but is a ways from the cup. Poulter just needs to get this one on the green, too, and he's just off the green. After Stricker misses the birdie, Europe needs two or fewer putts to win. Rose chips with a fairway metal to close and the par is conceded.

EUROPE WINS 2 and 1

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 16

After a lucky break for the Americans on that last hole, both teams find the fairway on their drives.

Poulter hits his approach right, but it's well short. Woods then gets his approach on the green to give Stricker a chance at birdie. Rose sends the third shot onto the putting surface and to about 10 feet. Stricker has a chance to win the hole here, but leaves the 30 footer left. The par is conceded.

Poulter then makes the clutch par to halve the hole and assure at least a half of a point for the Europeans.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 15

Tiger has hit it all over the place on Friday, and this tee ball is no different, sending it well left of the drivable par-4 green. But it gets a big kick off a tree and nearly lands on the green.

Poulter lays up with his tee ball to the middle of the fairway. Rose hits the second shot a bit fat, but lands on the green about 20 feet from the hole. Stricker gets his shot on the green and puts it close.

That sets up a birdie putt for Woods, and after Poulter misses his birdie attempt, Woods sinks his to get a hole back.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 16

Teams put their drives in the fairway. Dufner up first and his shot of 210 yards goes into the front bunker for an awkward third length. Westwood hits his second shot to 50 feet. Molinari misses his putt and runs it past the hole about 6 feet. Westwood comes back with a par attempt and misses. Dufner has a par putt from 5 feet and makes it. USA wins its second match of the day.

USA WINS 3 and 2

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 14

Nice drives from Rose and Stricker at the par 5, but both Tiger and Poulter leave plenty to be desired with the second shots. Woods pushes his long iron to the right and into the rough, just past pin-high. Poulter leaves his short of the green and in a greenside bunker.

The U.S. can't get up-and-down for birdie, but Europe does behind a big putt from Poulter. The U.S. is running out of holes.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 15

Americans decide to lay up on the drivable par-4. Westwood takes out the driver... and finds the middle of the lake.

After the lay up, Johnson puts it next to hole, 5 feet, for birdie. Molinari plays the Europeans third shot and is about 25 feet away for par.

Westwood’s par attempt is short, and they concede the birdie putt to the USA.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 18

It’s all tied heading into the final hole. Snedeker steps up first and hits a horrible drive. “No clue where that is,” says Snedeker, who missed about 40 yards right. McIlroy missed right, as well, but is just off the fairway and in the rough. That drive by Snedeker could be a costly one.

After a lot of discussion with Snedeker, Furyk gets it out into the fairway. McDowell pulls his approach left, finding a greenside bunker. Snedeker gets it on the green, but the Americans will have about a 25 footer to save par. McIlroy hits to about 6 feet out of the sand.

After Furyk misses the par save left, McDowell drains the match-winner.

EUROPE WINS 1 UP

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 14

Johnson’s drive is long, but catches a bad break and rolls into the rough. Molinari is in the rough, as well, just not as far. After Dufner changes shirts in the fairway, both hit the green, both two putt. On to the next hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 17:

Furyk goes first and finds the green about 30 feet from the hole. McDowell misses left and is just off the putting surface.

McIlroy makes up for it with a great chip to about 2 feet. Snedeker leaves his birdie about a foot short as well and the hole is halved.

THRU 17 HOLES: All-square

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 13

Tiger comes up short of the green at the par-3, 249-yard hole. It sticks in the bunker.

Stricker gets out of the sand nicely, but leaves Tiger with about 8 feet to save par. Tiger saves and Poulter misses a par save, as the U.S. wins only its third hole of the match.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 12

Another missed par putt for Tiger and another won hole for the Europeans, with Poulter sliding in a short one to take complete control of the match.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 16

Snedeker sets up Furyk in the middle of the fairway with his drive. McIlroy drives it right and forces McDowell to hit from the rough. McDowell finds a greenside bunker and it’s a deep one.

Furyk now hits his approach onto the green. The ball rolls all the way up just to the left of the hole. That’s a great shot and Snedeker will have a 2-footer for birdie. That one got a big reaction from both Snedeker and the crowd.

McIlory got out of the bunker, but McDowell missed a par putt before the Europeans conceded the birdie to the Americans.

THRU 16 HOLES: All-square

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 13

Europe is sticking around in this match, with both teams picking up par to keep the U.S. lead at 1 up heading into their final five holes.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 15

Bradley lays up at the drivable par-4. Donald gives it a go with a driver, pulls it left, but gets a favorable bounce.

Garcia chunks his chip shot into the bunker. That sets up a Bradley fist pump as he drains his birdie attempt. Big celebration for Bradley and Mickelson, hugs included. Donald has to hole his sand shot, but can not convert. USA puts the first points on the board.

USA wins 4 and 3

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 14

Both teams put it in the front bunker after going for it in two. After calling in the referee because Bradley’s ball wouldn’t stay at rest in the its original place, he has a birdie putt to win the hole, but it just slides by the hole. Garcia has a par putt to halve the hole, but misses.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 11

Vintage Ian Poulter here, as he holes out from a greenside bunker at the par 4 to give Europe some more breathing room, as the U.S. bogeys the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 15

Furyk went for the green on this short par 4 and ends up just shy of it. McDowell must now try the same thing, but sends this one into the water on the right side of the green.

McIlroy plays a solid chip to about 10 feet past the hole for Europe's third shot. McDowell misses the par putt and the U.S. picks up the hole with a conceded putt.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 12

A big par save by Westwood, just getting his putt in on the right edge to halve the hole. U.S. retains the lead in the match though.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 14

The Americans nearly reach this par 5 in two after Furyk’s approach carries the green and finds the rough. The Europeans fail to reach in two, as well, after McDowell’s approach finds a greenside bunker.

Snedeker takes relief after the ball lands on a sprinkler head – a lot of sprinkler-head interference in this match so far.

He then just misses the eagle try and the Americans settle for birdie.

After McIlroy sends his bunker shot about 10 feet past, McDowell sinks the birdie to halve the hole and keep the two-hole advantage.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 10

Both Rose and Stricker find the fairway, but Woods gets the better of Poulter with the second shots, with Tiger getting it on the green with a fairway metal, while Poulter comes up short of the green. A 35-footer for eagle to come for Stricker.

Stricker sends it about 3 feet past, while Rose hits a nice third to about 8 feet under the hole.

Poulter converts on the birdie putt for Europe, as does Tiger. Halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 13

Bradley is pumped up heading over to the next tee. His tee shot is on the green, hole high. Donald putts his tee shot in the front bunker.

Garcia hits a nice shot out of the bunker putting it to 5 feet. Mickelson makes his birdie putt. He celebrates with partner Bradley with a high five after Bradley gives another one of his fist pumps. Americans win the last two holes.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 11

Big par-save putt from Johnson keeps the U.S. in the lead in this match. Both Dufner and Johnson have been nails on the greens over the past handful of holes.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 12

Mickelson misses the fairway, but not poorly, while Garcia strips it down the middle. Donald leaves the second shot short, below the hill. Bradley puts his second shot to a good distance away. Mickelson lags his putt up there nicely, and is conceded par. Donald lips out for the third time in this match, and that gives the Americans the lead.

THRU 12: USA, 1 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 9

Stricker puts the U.S. in a greenside bunker with the approach at the par 4, but Tiger plays a beautiful sand shot to about 2 feet to make up for it.

Europe two-putts for a par to halve the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 13

This is a long par 3 at 249 yards. McDowell hits a little long and carries the green. That shot doesn’t leave a lot of green for McIlroy to work with. Furyk’s tee shot with a fairway metal finds the front greenside bunker.

Snedeker’s sand shot gets to about 5 feet while McIlroy rolls his about 10 feet past. Both were solid shots. McDowell’s par putt is more difficult than the one Furyk is facing. McDowell gives it a long look before stepping up and giving it a good strike. It finds the left lip and lips out. The bogey is conceded.

Furyk now has this to win the hole and he converts the par save.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 10

The U.S. has the lead in a match for the first time since Mickelson-Bradley were 1 up on No. 4 in their match. Dufner drains another birdie putt to get this hole, getting Johnson excited greenside. Some USA buzz on the course now.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 11

Nothing too exciting on this hole, just traditional par golf. Both didn't really have a good look at birdie.

THRU 11 HOLES: All-square

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 12

Snedeker gives Furyk a good drive to work with as Furyk sends his approach onto the green. Rory’s monster drive also found the fairway and McDowell took advantage of the shot, finding the green with his approach. His ball landed left of the cup but rolled down and is on the same line as the Americans’ ball – only it’s half the distance from the hole.

Snedeker, facing a severe left-to-right putt, leaves it a little short, but it’ll be an easy par for Furyk. McIlroy gets his birdie close, as well, missing just left, and the hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 8

A couple of poor tee shots at the par 3 by Stricker and Rose. Poulter plays Europe's second to about 12 feet to the right of the hole, while Tiger tries to play a flop that comes up woefully short. Definitely had a bad lie.

Stricker's chip runs about 3 feet past the hole. Rose misses Europe's par save, not reading enough break. They halve with a bogey. Pretty ugly on both sides there.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 9

A nice end to the front nine here for the U.S., as Dufner gets a birdie putt to fall after it held on the lip for a few moments and then fell to the left to even up the match.

THRU 9 HOLES: All-square

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 10

Garcia plays a beautiful third to 4 feet, while Bradley goes over the green in two. Both teams pick up birdie to split the hole after Mickelson plays a great bunker shot.

THRU 10 HOLES: All-square

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 11

Furyk finds the fairway after McDowell hits this one just into the right rough. It’s a pretty bad lie, though.

Snedeker has about 200 yards in, but something happens during his backswing and he pulls it left of the green and into the gallery. Snedeker says, “C’mon!” after that one. McIlroy hits his shot and finds a front greenside bunker.

Furyk takes a couple free drops in a bizarre series of events that includes a merchandise bag. After getting things sorted out, Furyk hits his third shot onto the green. He plays it well, but Snedeker will still have a good 15 footer to save par.

McDowell’s bunker shot is pretty straightforward, but he sends the ball about 10 feet past.

McIlroy makes, Snedeker doesn't. U.S. fading away here.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 8

A pair of pars here for both groups. Solid two-putts. Nothing too flashy from either group.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 7

For the second time today, Tiger goes right and nails a cart path. It gets a good kick and runs up the rough, but Stricker will still have to deal with some trees at the par 5.

From our Jeff Rude: Don't know about Navy Seals, but Tiger playing Army golf - left, right off tee. Latest: Beamed a fan on No. 7.

Stricker just gets it out to the fairway and Tiger plays a nice third shot to about 6 feet to the right of the cup. Stricker buries the putt for birdie, while Europe can only manage a par. U.S. gets one back.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 9

Both teams in the fairway on No. 9. Garcia plays first from 140 yards and puts it just right of the flag in putting distance. Mickelson does one better and puts it to 5 feet with a wedge in hand.

Donald hits a great putt from the fringe, but it lips out. Bradley has a birdie putt to win the hole, and it drops. The Americans win the hole. Chants of 'USA' are starting up again.

THRU 9 HOLES: All-square

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 6

After a beautiful drive by Stricker, Tiger pushes a 7-iron into a greenside bunker. Tiger looks out of sorts today. Rose also blisters a drive and Poulter puts it on the green about 10 feet under the hole.

Europe misses the birdie putt, but the U.S. fails to get up-and-down (missed 6-footer from Tiger) and Tiger-Stricker have dug themselves an early hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 10

McIlroy and Snedeker both put their drives right down the middle.

Furyk then pulls his approach into some mulch. McDowell’s approach isn’t much better, just missing the green and landing in the front greenside bunker.

Snedeker then hits it through the green and into the rough while Rory gets out of the bunker and onto the green.

Then when Furyk is addressing the ball, he sets his club down, walks away and the ball moves a little. He takes a one-stroke penalty, chips past the hole and the Americans concede the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 7

A big, 10-footer for birdie by Molinari gives the Europeans the lead in every match on the course, all at 1 up. Europe is just simply putting better right now.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 9

We’re nearly halfway through this opening match and it’s all knotted up. Jim Furyk finds the fairway, as does McDowell.

Snedeker’s approach then hits a sprinkler head on the right side of the green and takes a bad bounce into the crowd, about 20 yards or so behind the green. McIlroy gets his approach onto the green.

Furyk chips it out to 5 feet. McDowell has a 20 footer for birdie and gets help from Rory reading this one. He then hits it solid and finds the cup. That’s five birdie in nine holes for the European duo.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 8

Garcia hits the tee ball with a 7-iron. He’s asks for it to go, and it lands on the front part of the green. It's a long ways away from the hole. Mickelson also has a 7-iron and the ball lands on the green, but it runs through to the rough.

Donald leaves his putt about 3 feet short. Bradley has an easy chip shot, but couldn’t convert. Neither team gives each other par putts. Mickelson and Garcia make the putts.

THRU 8: Europe, 1 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 5

After watching Poulter pull his drive well to the left, Tiger can't take advantage and pushes his drive well to the right, hitting the cart path and bounding past the gallery at the par 5.

Stricker finds a greenside bunker after hitting through the trees. A poor bunker shot by Tiger leaves the U.S. with about 35 feet for birdie. A two-putt for par halves the hole after Europe also gets up-and-down.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 6

A pedestrian par for the Americans here, but it will work, as Westwood misses a 3-footer to match it and the U.S. wins the hole. Nice two-putt from the U.S.

THRU 6 HOLES: All-square

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 8

McIlroy steps up for his tee shot at the par-3 eighth and finds a bunker. Snedeker sends his tee ball past the green and left.

Furyk has a tricky chip and lands it in the rough, lets it bounce onto the green and watches the speedy surface carry the ball about 6 feet past. Great chip. McDowell can only get it to about 10 feet and McIlroy misses the par putt. Snedeker then gives his par save a nice stroke and drains it. He gives a little fist pump after that one.

THRU 8 HOLES: All-square

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 7

Bradley and Donald both in the fairway from their drives. Garcia decided to lay up in the fairway on No. 7. 289 yards into the wind, Mickelson is left in the bunker about 60 yards away from the green after his second shot.

The awkward distance, third shot by Bradley is left short of the green on the fringe. Mickelson putts to about 3 ft. Donald hits his approach shot to 12 ft. Garcia’s birdie attempt is no good. Par putts are conceded.

THRU 7: Europe, 1 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 4

Both teams get to the green in regulation, but Justin Rose is better than Steve Stricker on the green, draining a long birdie attempt to win the hole after Stricker's squeaks by on the right. Neither team got it close.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 7

McDowell steps up to his tee ball and gives it a nice smack, but misses the fairway. Furyk gets onto the short grass at the par 5.

McIlroy sends his second shot right into the rough while Snedeker sends it down the fairway.

From the rough and with some trees looming on both sides of him, McDowell gets this one to 10 feet or so. From the fairway, Furyk delivers an even better shot, sticking this inside the Europeans’ ball and to about 3 feet.

After his poor second shot, McIlroy drains the birdie. He’s pumped after his side’s fourth straight birdie. Snedeker makes his birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 5

After a poor second shot from the fairway by Molinari, the Europeans manage to get up-and-down at the par 5 for birdie, while the U.S. buries a short birdie putt to halve the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 6

Snedeker sends a drive left while McIlroy pounds this shot down the pipe.

McDowell then puts his approach to about 12 feet to set up a decent birdie chance. Furyk get sit on the green, but Snedeker sends his birdie past the cup.

McIlory then sinks a third straight birdie for Europe to win the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 6

Both teams in the middle of the fairway. Bradley’s approach shot catches the left side of the green and is about 40 feet away. 220 yards away, Donald, also catches the front of the green.

Mickelson leaves his birdie attempt short. And Bradley misses the par putt. Donald has a right to left slider for par and slides it in.

THRU 6: Europe, 1 up

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 3

Poulter drives it left and into the rough, while Tiger bombs it down the middle of the fairway. First good tee shot from the U.S. in this last group of the day.

Stricker plays a nice approach to about 8 feet under the hole, while Rose has to fight trees and puts it in a greenside bunker.

Tiger misses the birdie putt on the right and the par is conceded. Europe can't get up-and-down and the U.S. squares the match.

THRU 3 HOLES: All-square

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 4

After decent drives by Westwood and Johnson, Molinari's approach finds the green. Dufner's shot is off-target.

Westwood now has a 30 footer for birdie and leaves it 3 feet away. After Johnson sets Dufner up for a 5 footer for par, Dufner yanks it. Molinari makes the par to win the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 5

After Donald gave him a good drive, Garcia hits from the fairway and gets a lucky bounce when it hits the front bank of a bunker and lands on the green. Mickelson hits out of the left rough and plays up to the front of the green.

Bradley leaves his chip shot short, and it starts to roll back to him and the front of the green. Donald has an eagle putt from the front of the green, and it just lips out. Mickelson has a putt to halve the hole. He gave it a go, but ran it past the hole. Europe win the hole.

From our Jim McCabe: Levity at the fifth hole. Keegan drove it wide left and hit a fan. When Phil got there he said, "just so we're clear, that wasn't me." Added Jim Mackay: "Keegan Bradley, Jupiter, Florida."

THRU 5 HOLES: All-square

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 2

Justin Rose off the second tee with a 7-iron. He put it just right of the flag on the green. Stricker’s ball finds the drink. He pulled that quite a bit.

Tiger now has about 148 yards out now from the drop zone. The shot is just left of the flag, but he gave it some spin, and it's about 8 feet from the hole.

Stricker has a putt for bogey, but can't convert. The Americans concede Europe's par putt.

From our Jeff Rude: The only way Woods-Stricker could have gotten off to a shakier start on 1-2 is if they played in the middle of an earthquake.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 5

McIlroy hits a big drive, but it finds a fairway bunker. Snedeker can't find the fairway, either.

Both teams have to lay up. Furyk chips his shot to about 3 feet while McDowell gets it close as well. McIlroy's birdie putt – about 5 feet – rolls in and Snedeker answers with a birdie of his own.

THRU 5 HOLES: All-square

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 3

From the tee, Mickelson clipped some trees and it ended up in the left hand rough. A long ways away for Bradley, and he left his second shot short in the right hand rough. Donald, in the middle of the fairway, puts his second shot in the left hand bunker. An opportunity missed.

Mickelson plays the third shot and leaves Bradley a putt of about 4 feet below the hole. Garcia plays out of the bunker. Donald putted first from 10 feet and makes it to save par for the Europeans. Bradley has more of a difficult putt, but makes it.

THRU 4 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 3

Westwood drives well left while Dufner finds the fairway. Molinari then finds a right greenside bunker and Johnson flies the green.

Dufner then delivers a great chip to a foot or so while Westwood makes an equally impressive shot out of the bunker. That was big. Both of their partners make the par putts to halve the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: All-square

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 2

After both sides find the green in two, Bradley misses the birdie attempt and Mickelson comes in to save par to match the Europeans.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 4

After both drives find the rough, McDowell's approach flies the green while Furyk finds the dance floor.

Rory steps up to the ball, gives it a great hit and it rolls into the hole, putting pressure on Snedeker to make the long putt, which he misses.

THRU 4 HOLES: All-square

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Poulter/Rose vs. Woods/Stricker: Hole No. 1

Poulter hammers his tee ball down the center of the fairway, almost looking angry after the tee shot. He is pumped to say the least. Tiger goes way left and does come to rest against the fence. Just overcooked it.

It's not an out-of-bounds fence, so Stricker will get a free drop, but there's a tree near the area too and a second shot will be a difficult one nonetheless.

Stricker plays his shot under the trees and scoots it out into the fairway. It’s short, but a very good shot considering. Rose finally hits his first shot of the day and puts it to 15 feet.

Tiger bumps and runs it up to the cup and the putt is conceded. Poulter has a birdie putt to win the first, but it goes about 4 feet past. Rose makes the par.

THRU 1 HOLE: All-square

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 2

After Molinari's hit just before the green and rolled up to about 20 feet or so, Zach Johnson opts for 7-iron and gets this one close – about 7 feet.

Westwood doesn't make the long birdie putt and Jason Dufner sinks a big birdie to give his side a two-hole advantage.

THRU 2 HOLES: All-square

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 3

After taking the lead on Snedeker’s par putt, the U.S. can add to its lead here at the par-4 third hole. Both Furyk and McDowell deliver tee shots into the fairway after errant tee shots on the first hole.

Snedeker hits his approach first and sticks it to 5 feet past the hole. Rory has about 120 yards in and his ball lands about 5 feet before the hole and spins back to about 15 feet.

McDowell gives it a nice roll, but misses the birdie putt low and right. Furyk then studies his potential hole-winning putt, but leaves it left and it rolls downhill past the hole. Both par putts are conceded and the hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 2

After a lengthy wait on the tee, Garcia hits a 7-iron off the tee, barley makes it over the water and bounces into the bunker. Mickelson hits the green and is about 20 feet away. Advantage USA.

An awkward stance for Donald out of the sand and has to deal with a ridge in front of him on the green. A great shot considering; he put it to 5 feet. Bradley gives a huge fist pump after making a birdie from 20 feet.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Westwood-Molinari vs. Dufner-Z. Johnson: Hole No. 1

A great drive from Westwood, bombing it down the middle. Snatches at his tee, kind of like a fist pump. Dufner waggles a few times, but finds a fairway bunker on the left.

Johnson comes up short of the green out of the sand, catching it slightly heavy. Molinari plays a nice second shot to about 8 feet past the hole.

The Euros two-putt to get the hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe 1 up

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 2

After getting through the first-hole jitters, the teams move to the first par 3. Rory McIlroy hit his tee shot over the green and into the rough just off the putting surface. Brandt Snedeker found the green, hitting after McIlroy.

McDowell asked for a free drop because his ball was near a sprinkler head. Jim Furyk disagreed and a second official was called in. After consulting with the chief referee, the referee decided McDowell wouldn’t get a free drop. The delay has quieted the crowd a bit.

After the lengthy wait, McDowell chips to about 6 feet. McIlroy misses the putt left and after Furyk putted it close, Snedeker made a 4-footer for par to win the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: U.S. 1 up

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Donald/Garcia vs. Bradley/Mickelson: Hole No. 1

Big drives from both Luke Donald (who gets a nice kick from the right and down the slope) and Keegan Bradley (monster drive that leaves Mickelson mouthing "Wow!").

Inside of 130 yards, Garcia hits his shot left and on the fringe. Meanwhile, Mickelson chunks his ball, and leaves it short of the green. Neither were great shots from the middle of the fairway.

Putts by Bradley and Donald are left short, but are within reasonable distance for conceded putts.

THRU 1: All-square

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McDowell/McIlroy vs. Snedeker/Furyk: Hole No. 1

The chants of "USA! USA!" and "Ole, ole, ole" can be heard from all corners of the course. Incredible moment for all four men on the first tee.

Some first-tee jitters for McDowell, who yanks his tee shot way left. Yipes. Well, Furyk does the same, just not as left.

McIlroy, being the creative player that he is, plays a great shot to just off the right of the green, just above pin-high. Nicely executed after the tee ball almost came to rest against a fence. Snedeker puts the second shot for the U.S. on the green.

Neither gets it in for birdie, so they move to No. 2 all-square.

THRU 1 HOLE: All-square

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