How it happened: U.S. takes 5-3 lead at Ryder Cup

USA's Bubba Watson reacts to a shot on the 12th hole during a four-ball match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- After a U.S. comeback in the morning that sent the the 2012 Ryder Cup into the afternoon four-balls knotted at 2-2, the Americans put on a dominating performance over the final four matches to take a commanding 5-3 lead at Medinah Country Club.

The U.S. could have scored in each match in the afternoon, but a missed birdie by Tiger Woods on the 18th hole salvaged a single point by the tandem of Lee Westwood and Nicolas Colsaerts.

See how it all happened!

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FOUR-BALLS

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 18

Stricker and Woods both find the middle of the fairway at the par 4, as does Colsaerts and Westwood (who hit a tree on the left and gets a great bounce to the right).

Colsaerts safely hits the green, about 25 feet to the right of the pin. Westwood pushes his approach to the right and off the green. Stricker finds the bunker on the left of the green and hangs his head in disgust. Tiger hits the best shot again, keeping it right of the hole and he'll have about 15 feet for birdie.

Colsaerts misses his birdie attempt, leaving the door open for Tiger to make and get a halve.

But he misses just on the left side, hitting the edge. Europe salvages a point, mainly behind Colsaerts, as he won each of the holes for Europe.

EUROPE WINS 1 UP

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 16

Kuchar and Rose’s approach shots land in the center of the green. Partner Johnson’s ball is far right. Kaymer’s shot comes up short and bounces into a greenside bunker. Johnson chips to 3 feet. Rose and Kaymer miss their birdied attempts. Kuchar two-putts to win the match. That’s the third win of the afternoon for the USA.

USA WINS 3 AND 2

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 17

Stricker hits the water for the second time today, putting a lot of pressure on Tiger. And he's up to the task, landing it about 3 feet below the hole. Huge tee shot there. Colsaerts hits the green, but will have 20 feet for birdie. Westwood tries to match Woods, but will have about 8 feet instead.

Westwood doesn't need to putt, as Colsaerts drains his long birdie attempt. He is 8 under on the day. Tiger makes his as well to get the 18th. The match is dormie, but a half-point for the Woods-Stricker duo would be huge.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 16

Colsaerts misses the fairway to the right, while the other three split it, with Tiger poking it past everyone. Colsaerts goes left of the green into the rough, Westwood comes up short of the green and in the rough, Stricker finds the green, but will have 30 feet for birdie and Tiger hits the best shot to about 20 feet past the hole.

Colsaerts chips to about 12 feet, Westwood chips well past, Stricker comes up short, but none of it matters after Tiger drains a long birdie putt. Cuts into the lead again. Two holes left to get one more.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 15

Rose is first up on the tee with a wood in his hand and just leaves it short in the fairway. Kaymer over cuts his shot with driver in hand and is in the water. Kuchar its one on the same line as Rose, but will have an awkward lie with the ball above his feet, and feet in the sand. Johnson, again, on the same line, but finds the bunker.

Kaymer totally out of the hole after his third into the water,. Rose’s second shot rolls past the cup about 10 feet. Johnson out of the bunker brings it to rest at 5 feet. Kuchar’s shot hits fast and rolls away, past the hole, about 12 feet.

First up is Kuchar; he misses his birdie opportunity. Rose up next, and he didn’t hit it, and let it roll just left of the hole. Johnson’s putt drops and the crowd roars with ‘USA’ chants as they walk off the green.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 14

Kuchar in the fairway with 66-yards to the pin, stops it on a dime to 5 feet. He’ll have that for birdie. Johnson with a birdie attempt and drains it. No need for Kuchar on this hole. Rose with a nice bunker shot, and then cleans up with a birdie as well. The hole is halved.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 15

Westwood drives his ball into the water for the second time today - although it's on the edge and he'll be able to play it - while Tiger lays up at the drivable par 4. Woods does hit a beautiful second shot to about 6 feet under the hole. Westwood plays an incredible shot to about 10 feet behind the hole. Colsaerts nearly puts his second shot in the hole, spinning about 10 feet left of the cup.

Westwood misses his birdie attempt, but Colsaerts doesn't. Another one for the Belgian. Tiger misses and Europe gets that stroke back.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 17

The Europeans need a great tee shot at this par 3 and McIlroy provides, sticking his ball to about 15 feet. McDowell follows by putting his ball in the drink, leaving the match in the hands of his teammate. Bradley misses left and finds bunker while Mickelson makes the potential match-clinching shot, sticking his tee shot to within a few feet.

That was an incredible shot and the American duo walk down to the green clapping their hands as the crowd feeds off their energy.

The crowd continues to roar as the Europeans concede the birdie putt. The teammates hug it out and then are joined by their family and friends on the green. Keegan then walks toward the crowd with both fists in the air.

USA WINS 2 and 1

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 14

Tiger misses another fairway at the par 5, but plays a great second ball that finds the green. He runs the eagle putt about 8 feet past, really giving it a go. After Colsaerts misses his birdie attempt, Tiger nails his to cut into Europe's lead. Big putt there.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 16

Bradley and McIlroy both hit their drives dead center and long. McIlroy finds the green on his approach, hitting it to about 35 feet, but Bradley fails to find the green, landing in a greenside bunker.

Mickelson is off the green after two shots, but putts from the shirt rough and gets it to 3 feet to set up a par. McIlroy then goes and almost makes it. The ball runs just by the right edge and results in a conceded par. From the sand, Bradley’s chance at winning the hole and the match rolls to about a foot of the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 13

European Rose puts it into the water. Kaymer puts it on the green to about 20 feet, just left of the pin. As chants of ‘USA’ echo on the 13th tee, Johnson gets up and pulls it left into the greenside bunker, while Kuchar barely makes it over to the water and it hangs on, on the downslope.

An outstanding bunker shot by Johnson and has a par conceded to him by the Europeans. Kaymer has a birdie putt, but it won’t drop. Americans remain 2 up.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 12

Rose makes a long putt at the 12th. Johnson must make a 30 footer to halve the hole, but he couldn’t roll it in. Europeans win the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 15

All four try for the green in one at the par-4 hole. Mickelson and McDowell miss left and are in the rough. McIlroy and Bradley are just shy of the green, but Bradley is closer, just off the putting surface.

Mickelson goes first on his second shot and gets it to within 5 feet. Another nice recovery by Lefty. McDowell's second isn;t as good, just getting on the green about 20 feet away from the cup. McIlroy gets on the green. He's about 5 feet away. Finally, Bradley opts to putt and lags this one nearly perfect. Bradley thinks it's going in and watches it roll just right of the ball.

McIlroy makes his birdie and the hole is halved.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 13

After Stricker gets on the green, Tiger finds the front greenside bunker at the par-3 hole. Colsaerts gets on the putting surface, as well, and is joined by Westwood, who follows with a nice iron shot.

Westwood misses another putt and Tiger follows with a bunker shot to within 2 feet. Colsaerts has a chance a birdie and makes it, rolling in the right-to-left putt from 20 feet out. Colsaerts wins the hole for Europe and he's been carrying his pairing for much of the match.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 11

No major moves in the last four holes for this group on either side. Par, par, par, par is what’s going on. Birdie opportunities for both sides, but no one can convert. USA remains 3 up.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 14

The Americans find the fairway and both go for the green in two at the par 5. Mickelson doesn’t make it, finding the front-left greenside bunker, while Bradley lands it on the green, although it rolls just off the back.

McIlroy also goes for it in two and rolls off the back, as well. His chip then nearly goes in. His short game has been on, especially from off the green. Bradley follows, but his chip is a good 8 feet short. Mickelson has a tough bunker shot now, and he runs it 12 feet past. They both miss their birdie attempts and the Europeans gain a hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 12

Westwood finds the fairway at the par 4 and hits a beautiful second shot to about 10 feet past the hole. Tiger is well right, but plays a nice ball that hits the green and runs just into the first cut on the left. Stricker splits the fairway and hits a great second ball into the green, also leaving himself about 10 feet for birdie.

Tiger rolls his third shot by the hole and Colsaerts misses a par putt. Stricker and Westwood both have birdie putts, but both miss – Westwood's effort was a poor one. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 10

Rose is really carrying this European team today. He found the greenside bunker; played his shot to 4 feet and will have that for birdie. Kuchar has more of lengthy putt for birdie, but it will not drop for him. Rose cannot make the birdie. The Americans make Rose putt the par too, and makes it to halve.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 11

After finding the edge of the green with his second shot, Tiger Woods buries a 25-footer for birdie to cut into Europe's lead. Big roars all around.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 14

No golfer other than Watson hit the green it two. He has 240 yards to the green, and with a big roar hit shot settles past the hole. Hanson soars his bunker shot over the green over by the grandstand. Simpson chunks his sand shot, and barley gets it on the putting surface. Lawrie, basically, has to make this to advance to the next hole. Instead, Watson two putts for victory. That’s all she wrote folks.

USA WINS 5 and 4

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 9

Johnson from out of the trees in the right rough, makes a miraculous shot and puts it to 10 feet. Kaymer had a run a birdie, but missed his opportunity. Johnson can’t make his putt either, he’ll settle for par. The hole is halved.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 12

Bradley, McDowell and McIlroy find the fairway while Phil drives it way left. He doesn’t have a very good line to the hole as a big tree sits between him and the green. But Lefty delivers, and gets it out of trouble, onto the green and to within 10 feet. That was the shot of the match so far.

McDowell now hits his approach and carries the green, ending up on the back rough. Bradley goes next and gets it to 20 feet. Finally, Rory misses long and finds the back fringe.

McDowell and McIlroy chip close to set up par putts before the Americans miss their birdies and a chance to capitalize. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 10

Could Woods-Stricker go 0-2? Well, after Colsaerts second shot into the par 5, they could be looking at going 2 down. Colsaerts will have about 4 feet for eagle after an incredible second shot out of the rough.

Colsaerts drains his eagle putt after Tiger makes birdie. Colsaerts is 7 under thru 10 holes.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 13

The Europeans have one out of a possible two balls on the putting green. Simpson puts his shot to the right side of the green, almost in the water, in the rough. Watson starring it down, but he ends of in the bunker. Strategy wise, they went with the more difficult shot first in Simpson, which he chips his to about 4 feet. Watson hit his bunker shot to 2 feet. And it is now conceded. Lawrie has a birdie putt to win the hole, but can’t convert. Dormie five.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 5 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 11

McDowell is the only player to miss the fairway. His drive went into the gallery. The other three find the green in two with Bradley being the closest at about 15 feet away from the hole.

McIlroy misses his 25 footer for birdie. Mickelson misses, too, and Bradley barely misses his. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 8

Kuchar first up on the tee and puts his shot just below the hole to 20 feet. Johnson’s tee ball had no spin on it, and it rolls off the back of the green. Rose is just short and left of the green. Kaymer hits the slope that is in the middle of the green, and his ball rolls all the way to the back of the green.

Kaymer misses his birdie attempt rolling it past. Kuchar also misses his birdie attempt. Same goes for Johnson. All players are in with fours.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 9

All four hit good drives, but while Stricker and Colsaerts get on the green to set up birdie putts, Westwood and Woods find greenside bunkers. Colsaerts drains his birdie from 22 feet and Stricker misses his, as the Americans fall behind for the first time in the match.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 12

Hanson will be no help on this hole, as his tee ball goes way right. Simpson asks for his second shot to go, and lands 25 feet below the hole. Lawrie in the fariway and puts it to 15 feet.

Watson in the middle of the fairway as well, and puts his to 8 feet. Simpson made his birdie putt, but Lawrie answered back. They halve the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 5 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 8

All four find the green. Stricker gets the closest on his birdie, just missing right, but it rolls a ways past. Colsaerts makes a 4 footer for par to force Woods to make his par, which he does.

This is the fourth straight hole that has been halved in this match.

THRU 8 HOLES: All-square

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 7

All four players in the fairway, all four on the green with a chance at birdie. Kaymer gives it a run, but misses. Kuchar steps up again, and makes a birdie. No putting for Johnson today. Rose with the miss. Americans win the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 10

McIlroy hits a great drive while Mickelson and Bradley have good looks at the green in two. McIlroy finds the right greenside bunker, Mickelson the left and Bradley gets on the green.

McIlroy hits to a foot from the sand and a birdie is conceded. Mickelson's sand shot hits the lip and flagstick before bouncing back to 15 feet.

Bradley misses the eagle putt before making the birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 11

Lawrie, in the rough off the tee, uses a 7-iron to put it to 6 feet for his second shot. Lawrie makes the birdie putt and gives his team a birdie for their first win on a hole today. Americans can’t make birdie to answer.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 5 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 9

McDowell sticks his approach to 2 feet while the other three players leave their approaches short. The Americans fail to hole their chips and concede the birdie to McDowell.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 7

Woods and Colsaerts bomb their drives down the middle while Westwood and Stricker find the rough. No one reaches in two, though, and Tiger is way left.

Tiger and Stricker chip onto the green. Stricker is within 3 feet while Tiger is about 15 feet away. Colsaerts just missed the green on his second shot and chips it to about 5 feet. Westwood misses a 25 footer for birdie.

Tiger lets Stricker putt first and he makes the short birdie. Colsaerts has a little more pressure now, but he makes it to halve the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: All-square

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 10

Watson on the tee and puts it right down the fairway. He’ll have a good chance to get to the green in two. Simpson drove his ball in the left fairway bunker and had to lay up. Watson can’t get there in two. He finds the greenside bunker, along with Lawrie.

Hanson is short of the green in two. Lawrie leaves his birdie attempt short. Simpson makes his birdie putt. Typical. Hanson makes his birdie putt to halve the 10th.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 6 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 6

Johnson drove it in the left-hand fairway bunker, but that didn’t stop him from putting it to 5 feet. Kaymer misses a birdie attempt, but his partner picks him up, and makes his second birdie of the afternoon.

Kuchar drops a putt from 12 feet away. That’s his third consecutive. Johnson doesn’t have to putt, again.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 8

The Americans give themselves two decent looks at birdie and after Mickelson runs his by, Bradley, putting from almost the same spot, drains the birdie. He celebrates with a huge fist pump and the American supporters go crazy.

McDowell misses his birdie and the Europeans lose the hole. Keegan continues to celebrate on the way to the next tee. He's fired up.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 4 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 5

The Americans have to looks at birdie. They win two consecutive holes with a 10 foot birdie putt by Kuchar. Johnson didn’t have to putt.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 6

Tiger misses right and the ball hits some trees. But he recovers, splitting the trees with his approach. Stricker also gets into trouble and has to pitch out into the fairway.

Both Europeans find the green. After Westwood misses a 45 footer for birdie, Stricker sinks a long par putt.

Colsaerts has a good look at birdie, but can;t convert and the hole is halved.

THRU 6 HOLES: All-square

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 9

Lawrie came up short of the green with his second shot. Simpson finds the middle of the fairway with his tee shot. He proceeds to put his second shot 8 feet from the pin. Hanson in the middle of the fairway, one yard in front of Simpson. He puts it 12 feet away. Watson leaves it out to the left on his second shot and finds the bunker.

Hanson up first with a birdie attempt that does not drop. The first miss of the day from Simpson, he makes par. As a team, they have birdied seven of the first nine holes.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA , 6 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 7

McDowell is the only player to find the fairway and he elects for driver on his second shot to try and reach the green in two. He comes up short, though, and finds a greenside bunker. Mickelson and Bradley both miss left, and Rory is also off the fairway, although he drove it a mile.

While Bradley finds the same bunker as McDowell, Phil hits it left and into the gallery. McIlroy finds the right greenside bunker and then miss-hits it and it runs a good 20 feet past the hole, maybe more. McDowell now tries his sand shot and gets it to within 5 feet.

Bradley runs his bunker shot 10 feet by and Mickelson isn’t any closer. It will be two tough birdie putts for the Americans.

McIlroy leaves his birdie putt short. Mickelson then responds, sinking a 20 footer for birdie to put pressure on McDowell, who has his birdie putt lip out. That was a huge break for the Americans, who get a hole back.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 5

Tiger reaches the par 5 in two, as does Westwood. Tiger runs his eagle attempt about 6 feet past, while Westwood leaves his short.

Colsaerts makes birdie from 15 feet, as does Tiger. A halve.

THRU 5 HOLES: All-square

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 4

Europeans can’t convert for birdie, so American Kuchar rolls in 12 footer for a birdie to take the lead for the first time in their match.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 8

What a show these two guys are putting on! Simpson’s tee shot to 20 feet. Watson does one better to about 5 feet. Lawrie hits the green, but is not as close as Watson. Hanson is about 20 yards away. All four balls on the green.

Europeans, no good, again for birdie attempts. Simpson’s birdie putt slides past the hole. Watson converts for ANOTHER birdie attempt.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 6 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 7

Simpson can’t find the fairway. Watson just in the intermediate rough. But both find the greenside bunker. Lawrie nor Hanson can reach the green in two. Hanson about 10 yards from the green, chips it to 12 feet. Watson hits a good sand shot to about 8 feet. Simpson leaves his birdie attempt short. Europeans can’t convert, again, with birdies. Watson sinks his birdie putt for a commanding lead.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 5 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 6

McDowell is the only player to find the green in two and he puts his birdie attempt close to set the standard at par. Mickelson found a greenside bunker and Bradley hit it into the crowd. They both then missed their long par putts to lose their first hole of the match.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson-Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 3

All four players hit the green after their tee shots. Johnson on the back fringe again, but slides it just past the hole. Kuchar putts for birdie up the hill, and that just slides by on the right hand side. Rose has a similar putt to Johnson’s, and he leaves it on the high side. Last attempt at birdie is Kaymer and he can’t convert, either.

THRU 3 HOLES: All-square

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 4

Nicolas Colsaerts looks very comfortable despite this being his first career Ryder Cup match, draining a long birdie attempt to put the pressure on Tiger and Stricker. Woods can't convert and Europe wins its first hole of the match.

THRU 4 HOLES: All-square

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 5

Now the pairs take on the first par 5 of the match. McDowell and Mickelson find the fairway while the other two do not.

McDowell’s approach goes left and into the crowd, but McIlroy finds the green from the left rough, his ball bouncing in front of and over a bunker and onto the putting surface. Mickelson gets a good break, too, hitting the left rough and having his ball bounce onto the green.

McDowell just misses holing his chip shot as it runs by an inch or two left. The birdie was conceded. McIlroy has a good 40 footer for eagle and he leaves it a good 5 feet short. Now, Mickelson has his eagle from 35 feet and he gives it a good, hard roll uphill, but misses right. He makes the comebacker for birdie to halve the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 6

Simpson drove it in the fairway bunker, but that didn't stop him. He putts it to 10 feet left of the hole. Watson drives it right in the middle of the fairway, and then sticks his shot to about 8 feet. Americans have two great looks at birdies. Europeans only have one of two balls on the green.

Simpson doesn’t even need to try and attempt his birdie putt because Watson knocks it home. Europeans can’t make birdie to match.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 4 up

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D. Johnson-Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 2

All four golf balls on the green. Johnson on the back collar with his tee shot and he’s the only one in that group that can convert for birdie.

THRU 2 HOLES: All-square

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 5

The players can reach the green in two with only a 530 yard hole this afternoon. Watson hits the green in two, but three-putts. Hanson can’t make a four. Simpson laid up and had a great birdie, but Lawrie answers with a birdie of the same distance (5 feet), just on the other side of the hole.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 3

Tiger's birdie attempt comes up about nine inches short and settles for a par. Colsaerts thinks he has his birdie, but it does a full 360 and lips out. Unreal break for the rookie. Both Stricker and Westwood miss birdie attempts as well, so the hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson-Kuchar vs. Rose/Kaymer: Hole No. 1

Europe finally gets on the board here, as Rose buries a 15-footer for birdie. The U.S. leads in three of the four matches currently.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 2

Great tee ball from Stricker here, hitting the bank in front of the green and it runs out to about 3 feet above the hole.

But Colsaerts is able to bury a 15-footer for birdie to make Stricker's easy birdie a non-factor.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 4

Mickelson drives into the left rough while Bradley, McDowell and McIlroy all find the fairway.

Mickelson then sticks his approach to about 10 feet. He’s followed by McDowell, who misses the green left. Bradey and McIlroy get on the green, but have lengthy putts coming up.

After McIlroy misses his birdie and settles for par, Bradley and Mickelson miss their birdie attempts. Bradley then rolls by his par putt, but Mickelson saves him and sinks the par to halve the hole. Mickelson and Bradley had won their last seven holes going back to their morning match.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 4

Watson gives the ‘fore left’signal. Hanson also goes left, while Lawrie and Simpson find the fairway. Watson plays a shot from the trees and just trickles back to the front edge of the green. Hanson has an awful lie and fliess it over the green. Simpson putts his approach shot on the green about 15 feet away. He makes his birdie attempt from 15 feet, and the Americans win the hole.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 3

Bradley nearly drives the green and ends up in a greenside bunker. The other three also miss the green. McIlroy’s second shot hits the green and rolls off the back, but he nearly responds with a chip-in for birdie. He is conceded the par as McDowell misses a long birdie putt.

Bradley plays out of the sand and puts it to about 4 feet. He makes the birdie putt to stretch the lead.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Westwood/Colsaerts: Hole No. 1

Tiger hits a fairway, not something we've been able to say all too often today. So does Westwood.

Colsaerts birdie attempt from 20 feet below the hole lips out. And Tiger drains his 15-footer, with a big fist pump. He needed that to get his day going after a subpar morning. Huge putt.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 3

All four tee shots find the right side of the fairway. All four have wedge shots into the green. Simpson hits his to about 8 feet. Lawrie puts his on the back part of the green, about 30 feet.

Hanson is just outside of Simpson to able 10 feet. And Watson, who only had 70 yards to green, put it to 25 feet below the hole. Lawrie’s putt doesn’t drop, good lag though. Watson’s 25 footer drops for a birdie; the Americans are in with a 3. Hanson needs to answer, and he does. The hole is halved.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 2

Both teams left with good looks for birdie after the tee shots. McDowell has about 20 feet left while Mickelson is facing an 8 footer. McIlroy misses a chip for birdie and McDowell follows with a miss of his own. Mickelson then drains another big putt to win the hole.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 2

The tees are setup at about 180 yards this afternoon. Simpson has the honors, and hits a nice shot to about 15 feet on the par-3. Bubba hit is tee shot into the water. Looks like Simpson has this hole. Hanson hits his tee shot into the right greenside bunker.

Lawrie is in the back of the green, which will be a tough putt. Lawrie leaves his first putt way short. Simpson’s birdie attempt just missed and was conceded. Lawrie missed his second putt, and Hanson’s putt to halve the hole doesn’t drop.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. McIlroy/McDowell: Hole No. 1

After Rory hooks his tee shot left, McDowell sends his into the right rough. Bradley finds the middle of the fairway and Mickelson, playing his 36th career Ryder Cup match, misses just left of the fairway.

McDowell goes first and sends his approach just past the hole to about 7 feet. Mickelson hits second and ends up about 7 feet away, as well. Bradley follows suit, although his ball hits pin-high and rolls to about 12 feet. McIlroy is the furthest away after his approach – about 20 feet.

Rory rolls his well by right and he's seemingly out of the hole. Now it's Bradley, who made clutch putt after clutch putt this morning. He keeps his putting hot streak going and sinks the birdie. McDowell, now needing a birdie, misses his putt.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Lawrie/Hanson: Hole No. 1

Watson on the tee encourages the fans to cheer through his tee shot. Talk about Happy Gilmore-style. Lawrie and Hanson play from the middle of the fairway, and are both on the green. Simpson in fairway plays a shot long, but spins it back to 5 feet.

Watson, from the rough, hits his shot right over the flagstick. Hanson burns the edge on his birdie attempt. Simpson finds the side door in his birdie putt. Nice way to start off your Ryder Cup career.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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That's what he said . . .

A quick collection of quotes from the players taking part in the Ryder Cup’s opening session. Story.

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With pairings announced, Ryder Cup finally will begin

And on the fifth day, finally, there will be golf. Meaningful golf, with national pride at stake, on a global stage. Story.

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Ryder Cup: Las Vegas odds for Friday foursomes

Check out the odds for Friday's foursomes matches at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Odds.

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Ryder Cup transforms from afterthought to crown jewel

Once an afterthought and perceived money-loser, the Ryder Cup has evolved into money-making gold. Story.

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Ryder Cup: Friday foursomes staff predictions

Our crew of experts has looked over Friday morning's matches and offered these bold predictions as the Ryder Cup gets under way at Medinah. Story.

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Ryder Cup: A look at Friday's morning foursomes matches

A look at the matchups for the morning foursomes on Friday at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Story.

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Golfweek exclusive: Phelps' new goal - become a scratch golfer

Michael Phelps has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds. But he was never more nervous than on the range prior to his appearance in the Ryder Cup's Past Captains/Celebrity Scramble. We sat down with Phelps to talk about his new-found love of golf. Story.

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