How it happened: U.S. extends lead to 8-4

USA's Keegan Bradley reacts after making a putt on the ninth hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- A look at how the U.S. took an 8-4 lead after a 3-1 morning foursomes session on Saturday at the Ryder Cup.

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FOURSOMES (USA 3, EUROPE 1; OVERALL: USA 8, EUROPE 4)

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

Needing to win this hole to halve the match, McIlroy kills his drive down the center of the fairway. Snedeker finds a right fairway bunker and isn't too pleased with that, although Furyk should have a good lie.

Furyk has a good angle at the pin and about 173 yards to the hole. His approach is a good one and the ball gets on the green. It's a little short, about 25 feet or so, but Furyk gets pretty excited about that one – he even spit a little during his yelling.

McDowell then hits and he hates it immediately, dropping his head and slumping his shoulders. The ball hits the back of the green and just rolls into the rough. McIlroy chips by the left of the hole and that will leave at 6 footer for par. Snedeker putts just by the right and is about 2 feet away. The match is then conceded.

USA WINS 1 UP

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

After hitting it in the water here Friday afternoon, McDowell sticks it close, about 8 feet away. Furyk gets it on the green, to, but he's about 20 feet from the cup.

The area around the 17th green is packed and a little singing of "God Bless America" breaks out. Snedeker will putt first and he leaves it a little high, although it was very well hit. McIlroy now has a chance to square-up the match. He leaves it just left and the Americans remain 1 up with one hole to play.

THRU 17 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 17

Colsaerts backing off twice due to wind, but when he decides on the club, he cut the ball and it finds the water. Dufner on the tee for the Americans. He plays it safe and puts it on the left hand side of the green.

Garcia takes it to the drop zone and spins one close to 8 feet. The Americans had two putts to win the hole and the match, and Johnson puts it from the fringe to about a foot. The Europeans conceded the hole and the match.

USA WINS 2 and 1

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

McIlroy drives it a long ways and finds the fairway. McDowell then follows with a great approach to about 10 feet or so. Furyk also gets on the green after Snedeker's drive, but the Americans will have a long birdie putt coming up.

This putt is a good 50-plus feet and Snedeker doesn't lag it well. McIlroy studies this one and drains it. Rory shows some life after that one. He's pumped.

THRU 16 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 16

Colsaerts from 190 yards in the middle of the fairway walks after his shot, but it hit the green and ran through to the back rough. After Dufner had a long second shot in, Johnson had a putt of 50 feet that came up 2 feet short. Great putt over a ridge by Johnson.

Garcia plays a chip shot for the Europeans. He chips it in and throws down a huge fist pump. Colsaerts comes in to celebrate with him. The two throw their clubs at their bags and march to the next hole. They are pumped.

THRU 16 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

McDowell and Furyk lay up on the sort par 4. McIlroy and Snedeker stick their approaches to about 30 feet. Furyk putts first and misses, as does McDowell. The Americans conceded that par putt and Snedeker makes his par save to halve the hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 15

The Americans layed up in the fairway. And for a second, it looked like Colsaerts thought about going for it, but just decided to stick with a iron. He ended up in the left rough.

Garcia asks for it to sit, but it’s below to hole, 10 feet away. Johnson from the center of the fairway, hits his shot and spins it back to about 15 feet.

Dufner slides that birdie putt past the hole on the right hand side. Par is conceded. Colsaerts missed the birdie putt by sliding that to the right, too. Three to play.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 18

The Americans need to win this hole in order to halve the match. They get off to a good start with a nice drive from Simpson, who draws this one to the center of the fairway. Rose drives it just into the left rough.

A lot of pressure on this shot and the Masters champ delivers, as Watson sticks it to about 7 feet. Poulter has a good lie from the rough, but can't get close. His approach lands very far – 30-plus feet – from the cup.

Rose lags it real close, less than a foot to the left of the cup. This sets up Simpson with a chance to halve the match. With Bubba helping him on the read, Simpson gives this downhill birdie putt a good roll, but it just burns the left edge and misses.

EUROPE WINS 1 UP

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

The par string finally ends for the Europeans after a fantastic third shot from McIlroy, who played a big flop to about 6 inches from the right greenside rough. But it isn't enough to win the hole, with Furyk burying a 5-footer to match the birdie. Big birdies for both.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 14

Garcia drove it left into the hospitality tents, but Colsaerts still had a putt for birdie. He couldn’t make it drop. The Europeans are in with a par. Johnson saves par as well. A huge fist pump follows.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 17

Watson hits 7-iron and puts it about 30 feet away to the left of the hole. Poulter goes with 6-iron and gets it to about 15 feet. Simpson misses his long birdie putt, as does Rose, who leaves his right-to-left breaking putt just high.

Both sides choose to make their opponents hit their par putts. Poulter goes first and he takes a lot of time on this one. It's a big putt and Poulter makes it. Bubba also makes his and you could almost see the pressure on Watson.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Furyk/Snedeker vs. McIlroy/McDowell, No. 13

Nice tee balls from both Furyk and McDowell, with the U.S. about 20 feet to the right of the hole and Euros 25 feet under the hole.

McIlroy leaves his birdie try about a foot short, while Snedeker sends his 3 feet past. Par for both and another halve.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 16

On their drives, Rose misses the fairway right, Simpson left. Poulter then misses the green right and doesn't leave Rose with a lot of green to work with. Watson finds the right-front bunker with his approach.

Rose goes first with his third shot and chips it past the bunker, but just shy of the green. Watson then rolls his bunker shot about 12 feet by the hole. Poulter's chip ends up 6 feet short.

Now, Simpson has this for par and to win the hole, and he leaves it left. That one hurts, although only momentarily as Rose misses his bogey putt. Huge break for the Americans.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Furyk/Snedeker vs. McIlroy/McDowell, No. 12

McIlroy burns the right edge with a birdie putt at the par 4, while Snedeker scorches the left edge. They were basically on the same line. McDowell and Furyk clean up the pars for a halve. That is 12 pars in a row for Europe.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 13

Dufner on the tee for the Americans, and he stares it down. He parks it just on the back fringe in the middle of the green. Colsaerts uses a 4-iron off the tee and is short and left on the fringe of the green. That will leave for an awkward second shot for Garcia.

Johnson’s birdie opportunity drops just low of the hole. Johnson thought it was in, but drops to a knee after that miss. Colaserts had a 3 footer coming back to save par, but it would not drop.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 15

As much as he was probably tempted to go for it, Watson lays up on the short par 4 with an iron off the tee. Poulter does the same. Rose's approach is a bit off target, landing about 20 feet from the hole. Watson has about 12 feet left for birdie after Simpson's approach.

Poulter leaves the birdie putt a couple feet short. Watson needs this one badly, but he runs it by to the right. The Europeans' par putt was conceded and Simpson drains the par putt to halve another hole.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Furyk/Snedeker vs. McIlroy/McDowell, No. 11

Furyk ends the par 4 early, burying a birdie putt to get the U.S. some breathing room. A 12th consecutive par for the Euros, and it just isn't cutting it.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 14

Rose smacks this one up the left side of the fairway at the par 5 while Simpson’s drive finds the right rough. Watson has to deal with some television cables before hitting his second shot – a 3-wood – to the right-front greenside bunker. He killed that one. Poulter almost gets on in two, but lands in the front-left greenside bunker.

Simpson hits to about 10 feet from the sand, but Rose's shot from the bunker is better, rolling to about a foot. That is conceded for par. Bubba then steps up and drains a huge par putt to halve the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 12

Colsaerts and Garcia have won two of the last six holes to get this match back to all-square. Dufner was in the middle of the fairway after a great tee ball from Johnson. Dufner totally avoids the water and keeps it way left of the hole. The Europeans were in the right trees, so Colsaerts decided to go high up and over the trees, but landed long and left.

The European team is really talking over this pitch shot as the greens are super fast at Medinah. Garcia lofts it up, and lands it on the green, but it was too fast and it rolled all the way down to the water. Colsaerts came up the slope with a pitch shot and hit it up past the slope and it would not come back down to the hole. Johnson left it 10 feet short.

Garcia is putts for bogey, and doesn’t come close. Now the Americans just need two putts to win, but Dufner just rattles it home to save par.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

10 holes, 10 pars for the Euros. They are lucky to walk away from this par 5 with a halve, as the U.S. can't take advantage of the Euros' sluggish play.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 11

Rough playing by the Americans. Dufner and Johnson were in with par. Colsaerts makes a putt of 15 feet to square the match.

THRU 11 HOLES: All-square

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

Brutal tee shot by Mickelson after the long wait on the tee after waiting for the first match. Westwood plays a perfect drive down the center of the fairway. Bradley has 241 yards to the green still, and he decided just to pitch it out, but it hit a tree branch and kicked it right. Donald has an easier approach to the hole with a 165 yard shot and lands it safely 30 feet left of the hole.

Mickelson plays an unbelievable shot for their third; hit it about 40 feet away, but caught the slope and it rolled to just inches from the cup. The crowd is beyond going beyond crazy. Westwood had to make it to not go dormie, and he left it about 7 feet short.

Donald had to make it to extend the match, but could not. This winning margin matches the largest in Ryder Cup history.

USA WINS 7 and 6

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 13

After Poulter misses right at the long par 3, Watson finds the front-right greenside bunker. Simpson then flies his bunker shot over the green and Watson runs the chip by about 10 feet. Rose leaves his chip about 20 feet short and Poulter misses the par putt. The bogey is conceded, putting pressure on Simpson to make the putt, which he sinks to halve the hole.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 10

Pars win the hole at this par-5 that is playing 578 yards today. Sloppy play by both teams will do that. The Americans stay 1 up.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Both pairs leave their approaches on the front of the green, with the U.S. outside the Euros. Furyk misses the long birdie putt, but Snedeker knocks in the par save. McDowell also misses the Euro birdie putt, and McIlroy cleans it up. A halve.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 12

After a poor drive by Simpson, Rose puts this in the fairway. Pouter’s approach then goes well right, hitting the fairway and nearly rolling into the water. The ball is in the deep rough just shy of the hazard. Bubba nearly hits it into the same spot, but it’s a little closer to the green.

Almost standing in the water, Rose chips high and lands it just shy of the green. But at least he got it up, unlike Simpson, whose ball lands short and rolls back down the slope.

Watson then chips up to 5 feet. Poulter then steps up to his putt and from the fringe, rolls it left to right and into the cup to win the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Donald finds the left part of the fairway. Bradley bombs one out there just down the right hand side of the fairway. Westwood had a shot from 150 yards, but pulls it and is about 30 feet from the cup. Mickelson with a wedge in hand spins his shot to 10 feet. High-fives all round, again. Donald’s birdie attempt breaks hard left and rolls by about 3 feet. Bradley stares down his putt, but burns the left edge. The hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 6 up

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

Another par for the Euros here, but a bogey for the U.S. after Snedeker can't get a chip to fall to halve the hole. McIlroy-McDowell win their first hole of the day.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 9

Garcia from the middle of the fairway put it to 8 feet. Johnson, also in the fairway, answers Garcia and puts it to 6 feet behind the hole. Good stuff from both teams.

Colsaerts trying to get things going with the teams first birdie of the day, but Dufner answers with a birdie of his own.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 11

Watson and Simpson just aren’t putting well today. Both Watson and Poulter find the fairway, and both Simpson and Rose deliver great approaches, sticking them to about 5 feet.

Watson sinks his birdie, pumping up the crowd after that make. Poulter then follows with a birdie make of his own and he’s excited, pumping his chest and yelling to the crowd.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

A missed chance here for the Euros, with McIlroy lipping out on a 10-footer for birdie and they halve the hole with pars at the par 5. The Euros have seven consecutive pars to begin the round. That won't work in alternate shot.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

Both teams find the fairway. Euros decide to lay up. With the amount of adrenaline Bradley has, he goes for it in two from 280 yards. It’s about 25 feet from the hole for eagle.

Great pace on Mickelson’s eagle attempt putt, but it’s just short. Their birdie putt is conceded. The Europeans still have about 25 feet for birdie. Donald can’t get it to drop as it burns the right edge.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 6 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 10

Rose misses the fairway left and Simpson follows with a shot right down the center of the fairway. Poulter has to lay up in the fairway, but Bubba goes for the green. Hitting fairway wood, Watson’s ball goes right of the green and lands in the rough. Rose hits his third to 20 feet.

Simpson’s chip runs through the green and Bubba then misses the birdie putt form the fringe, running it 6 feet by. Poulter doesn’t give it a great roll, but the ball is just a couple feet short. Simpson then misses the par and that will lose the hole for the Americans.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 8

Garcia, up for the Europeans, drops his tee shot in the bunker, left of the hole. Johnson comes up short, below the hole, on the green.

Dufner’s birdie attempt was on the right line, but came up just short. Colsaert’s chip shot from the side of the bunker squirts past the hole. Garcia came in and cleans up though.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Bradley takes it right over the trees on the dogleg left. And finds the short rough. Donald took the more conservative approach and finds the fairway. Mickelson put it to 10 feet behind the hole. Westwood put it to 20 feet below the hole. Donald couldn’t make the birdie putt. Bradley makes the 10-footer and shows a lot of emotion; fist pumps and teeth grit. The crowd is roaring.

THRU 9 HOLE: USA, 5 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 7

Dufner from the fairway after a lay up from Johnson. He put it to about 8 feet below the hole. The Europeans went for the green in two at the par 5, but landed in the greenside bunker. Colsaerts played the third shot out the bunker, but catches the rough right in front of the bunker. Garcia is playing the fourth as a chip shot and ran it past the hole by 4 feet. Johnson’s putt to win the hole sits on the edge and doesn’t drop. They make the Europeans putt and Colsaerts converts.

THRU 7 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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

After lackluster second shots into the green, Europe puts pressure on the U.S. with a nice two-putt from 35 feet, but Furyk is up to the task and buries a 10-footer for par to halve the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 9

After Watson gets into a little bit of trouble off the tee, driving it left, Poulter finds the middle of the fairway. Rose takes advantage with his approach and sticks it to 5 feet. From the trees, Simpson flies it over a tree and into a greenside bunker. Bubba gets out of the sand to about 4 feet, but Poulter sinks his birdie putt to win the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: All-square

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 6

Dufner and Johnson can’t get a par, so Garcia has to get this up-and-down from the back rough to make four and win the hole over the Americans. And he does.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Mickelson said he wants to aim that in the middle of the green, but that didn’t work out. He barley got it over the left greenside bunker and it bounces on the green to 15 feet. That gives a good look at birdie for Bradley. Westwood can’t get it going. He hits his tee shot on the far side of the green, and it kept rolling to the fringe.

Donald had some 50 feet to the hole. It wasn’t bad pace, and was on a good line, but it didn’t have enough to get to the hole. The par is conceded. Bradley’s par putt didn’t break as much as he thought it would. 3 feet for par and Mickelson cleans it up.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 4 up

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

The first par 5 of the day for this match, and the first "Fore!"

After McDowell finds the left side of the fairway, McIlroy sends his second shot way right of the green, nearly hitting Euro captain Jose Maria Olazabal in his cart. After a poor chip from McDowell leaves 15 feet for birdie, McIlroy can't convert.

Meanwhile, Snedeker buries an 8-footer for birdie to extend the U.S lead.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

Bradley found the fairway, and Mickelson hits a great shot to 25 feet, and they will have a chance for eagle. The Europeans decided to lay up. Donald from about 167 yards in the fairway, and he threw it into the greenside bunker. Westwood could not get it close from the bunker. The Americans will have two-putts to win the hole. Bradley was getting ready for the fist pump on the eagle attempt, but it wouldn’t drop. Donald holes the par putt. Mickelson makes the birdie putt from 3 feet.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 4 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 8

Simpson pulls his tee shot a little at this par 3 and lands it in the left greenside bunker. Rose can’t capitalize, though, hitting his shot onto and over the back of the green.

Poulter elects to putt from long range and leaves it way short, about 10 feet or so. Watson’s bunker shot ends up just inside the Europeans ball. Rose then misses the par putt just right and Simpson runs it by left of the cup to halve the hole.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 5

Johnson hit it into the greenside bunker in two. Dufner hit it out and got it to 5 feet. They will have that for birdie. Colsaerts and Garcia decided to lay up and Colsaerts put it on the green, but about 20 feet away. Garcia could not convert on a birdie attempt, and neither could Johnson as it rolled over the right edge. Halved with fives.

THRU 5 HOLE: USA, 2 up

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

McDowell makes a clutch 4-footer for par to help the Europeans halve the hole after a simple two-putt from the Americans. This match hasn't had many fireworks other than the opening birdie from the U.S.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Westwood pulls his tee shot a bit. Shockingly, Mickelson found the fairway from the tee. Donald had 225 yards to the green, but he couldn't get it there as it drops into the greenside bunker. Bradley just ahead of Donald hit it to about 50 feet. Mickelson’s putt is a good read, but left it short. Donald will have a 10 footer to save par and halve the hole. He can not convert, it lips out. Seems to be the story of his week as he had many lip outs yesterday.

THRU 6 HOLE: USA, 3 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 7

Watson absolutely kills his drive right down the center of the fairway at the par 5. He sets up Simpson for a chance to reach the green in two, but like the Europeans, the Americans end up to the right of the green next to a bunker rake.

Watson goes first and with not much green to work with, chips it to about 8 feet right of the hole. Poulter follows and leaves it short in the bunker. Rose, facing an even harder shot now, gets it out of the sand to a foot of the hole.

Simpson now has a chance to win the hole, but misses the birdie putt and the hole is halved. Another opportunity missed for the Americans.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 4

Interesting pairing between Colserts and Garcia. Dufner and Johnson won yesterday morning foursomes. The Americans already in with a par. Colsaerts, who seemingly made everything yesterday, can’t make a 5-footer for par.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 6

Simpson hits the fairway with his drive. Rose finds the left rough, just missing a fairway bunker. Watson’s approach gets on the green, about 30 feet away from the hole. Poulter sends his approach right into the rough. Rose has to carry a bunker to get on the green and does.

Simpson gives his birdie a good roll, but leaves it just short. It was on a good line. Poulter then rolls in a 4-footer for par to halve the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

The U.S. misses a prime opportunity here to move further ahead. After Snedeker hits the green in regulation, about 15 feet under the cup, Furyk sends that attempt about 4 feet past. Snedeker cleans up the par. The Euros also two-putt to halve the hole. Furyk will want that one back.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Donald drives it into the fairway bunker on this reachable par 5, but not with that they can’t. Bradley puts it into the left fairway, and Mickelson has a shot and will go for it in two. Westwood gets in there to lay up, and finds the fairway. Donald from 75 yards stops the ball 8 feet away for a chance for birdie. Mickelson’s second shot ran through the green, so Bradley has a chip shot and it rolls about 10 feet. It will also give the Europeans a good read on their putt.

Mickelson’s putt up the hill drops in. Obviously, Mickelson and Bradley are fired up. Westwood has to match for the birdie. And he walks it in. That may just give him some confidence for the rest of the day.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

After Snedeker nearly picked up an ace at the par 3, McIlroy follows him with a nice shot of his own. U.S. has about 6 feet, the Euros about 10 feet.

Both Furyk and McDowell miss their putts and they halve with pars.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 3

Two good shots from both teams to get to the green. Colsaerts has a long birdie attempt. He can’t make it and stops at about 2 feet. The Americans have a closer opportunity for birdie. Dufner had a great look at birdie from 20 feet. He couldn’t get it to drop.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Mickelson/Bradley vs. Donald/Westwood: Hole No. 4

Westwood is not giving Donald any help this morning. He hit the tee shot into the left trees. Donald has 150 yards up the hill to the green. Mickelson put his tee shot into the trees just as Bradley did on No. 3 earlier. No problem for Bradley though, he hits a shot from 125 yards to 35 feet below the hole. Westwood has to chip the Europeans third shot and puts it to 10 feet. Mickelson can’t convert on a long birdie attempt. Donald shows how clutch his putting is, and rolls it in for par.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 5

After Poulter’s drive hits a tree and ends up just 250 yards out in the fairway, Bubba clocks this one down the middle of the fairway. Rose is forced to lay up, but Simpson goes for the par 5 in two and gets it on the front of the green, about 30 feet from the hole.

Poulter’s chip ends up just short of the green. Rose gets the next shot close and the par is conceded, giving the Americans a chance to two-putt to win the hole. Bubba misses the long, uphill roll right, but Simpson, who had missed a short putt earlier, sinks the 3 footer for birdie.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

McDowell sends the Euro tee ball into a fairway bunker, but McIlroy plays a beautiful second to about 8 feet behind the hole.

Furyk finds the right side of the fairway and Snedeker gets inside of McIlroy, about 6 feet to the left.

McDowell blows the birdie putt past, while Furyk nails the putt for the U.S.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 2

The Europeans already on the green with a tee shot from Garcia. Johnson throws one at the pin, and has about 10 feet for birdie.

The Europeans can’t make birdie. Dufner’s birdie putt drops after a fabulous tee shot from Johnson.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 4

Both Rose and Simpson find the fairway. Watson's approach ends up a good 60 feet away while Poulter gets his to 15 feet or so on the fringe. Simpson gives his a good roll and is inches short. The par is conceded. Rose then just misses right and his putt is conceded, too.

THRU 4 HOLES: All-square

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

Donald hits his drive down the left of the fairway and should not have a problem for Westwood’s second shot. Bradley’s a little more off line, and his ball lands behind the trees. Westwood can’t get it going today. He put his second shot 30 feet below the hole.

Mickelson has an opening through the trees and has a unbelievable shot and puts it to 10 feet. Donald gave it a good run, but couldn’t get it to drop. Bradley with a birdie putt, but just burns the left edge. Bradley wanted it badly.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 3

After the Europeans get on the green in two and set themselves up for a 15 footer for birdie, Simpson, from the fairway, sticks it to less than 2 feet. Poulter misses the birdie and the Americans' putt is conceded.

THRU 3 HOLES: All-square

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Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia: Hole No. 1

Colsaerts off the tee first this morning for the Europeans, and he’s a long way down the fairway. And we thought Colsaerts was long, but Dufner is way past him in the fairway. Much better result than yesterday morning.

Garcia from the fairway puts his team’s shot on the green. Johnson hits the green and is 15 feet away from the cup on the right hand side.

Colsaerts’ putt from 35 feet doesn’t drop for him. The par is conceded. Neither does Dufner’s putt. Pars for both teams.

THRU 1 HOLE: All-square

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

Mickelson, off the second tee, fires another laser at the pin. He’s about 15 feet away. Westwood then hits his shot off the bank and it bounces into the water. Donald takes it to the drop zone and lands it on the green safely about 20 feet away. The Europeans will have that for bogey.

Westwood misses the bogey putt and the Europeans concede the hole with the Americans facing a birdie putt.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 2

The players will have about 181 yards to the flag today at this par 3. Rose tees off first and finds the right greenside bunker. Simpson ends up in the rough between the right bunker and the green.

Poulter gets out of the sand and runs it 8 feet past the hole. Watson gets his chip to about 3 feet. Rose now has a difficult par putt and it just misses. The bogey is conceded before Simpson tries his par save. He also misses and the Americans miss out on a great opportunity.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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

The crowd still very loud. Donald goes first off the tee for Europeans and bombs it down the fairway. Much different atmosphere in this group on the tee. Bradley throws a bomb down there. He's close to 340- yards down the fairway.

Westwood from the middle of the fairway hits a good shot to about 10 feet. Mickelson from the rough does one better and almost rolls it in. It’s about a foot from the hole.

Mickelson’s shot was conceded, putting pressure on Donald to make his birdie putt. But he burns the left edge of the hole and the Europeans drop the opening hole.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter: Hole No. 1

It’s early, but the crowd is already full of energy. It’s a chilly morning, too, so the players are in sweaters, Team Europe wearing plum and Team USA wearing blue (Simpson has opted for long sleeves under his blue- and white-striped polo).

Poulter tees off as the raucous crowd continues to cheer and finds a fairway bunker. Now Bubba steps up and nearly finds the same bunker, but he ends up in the left rough. Watson walks down the fairway high-fiving fans.

Rose, from the bunker, delivers a great approach to about 5 feet. Simpson isn't as close as he hits to the back of the green, about 25 feet or so from the cup. Watson will putt first and he's facing a difficult, right-to-left putt that is slightly downhill. He misreads badly and the ball rolls by the hole a couple feet from the left edge. Poulter then steps up to his putt and sinks it for the early lead. He gives a nice fist pump there.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

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Update #1: 8:11 a.m. EDT

The weather is chilly, leaving many fans with sock hats, jackets and long pants on. Temperatures will rise in to the mid-60s today, with little to no chance of rain.

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