How it happened: USA leads 10-6 after Day 2

Dustin Johnson of the USA celebrates his birdie putt on the 17th green during day two of the afternoon four-ball matches at the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

Dustin Johnson of the USA celebrates his birdie putt on the 17th green during day two of the afternoon four-ball matches at the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- After going 3-1 in the morning foursomes session on Saturday at the Ryder Cup, the U.S. held onto its four-point lead with a 2-2 performance in the afternoon four-ball session at Medinah.

The Americans are in good shape heading into Sunday's singles matches.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson cruised to a 5 and 4 victory before Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar won their match, 1 up. Europe rallied to win the final two matches, getting help from the red-hot Ian Poulter, who teamed up with Rory McIlroy to down Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner, 1 up.

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker lost for the third time together at this Ryder Cup, falling to Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.

See how it all unfolded:

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FOUR-BALLS (USA 2, EUROPE 2; OVERALL: USA 10, EUROPE 6)

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 18

Poulter from the middle of the fairway with his ball above his feet, stares it down. He was about 10 feet right of the hole. You can see the intensity in his eyes. He lives for this kind of stuff. Johnson was about 12 feet to the right of the cup as well. Dufner who had 150 yards to the hole, stuck his shot to 5 feet. McIlroy had 130 yards to the hole, through it on the green, but has some spin on it and rolls back off.

McIlroy’s birdie bid is short. Dufner putts first for the Americans and dropped his in. Poulter lives for these moments. That was Poulter’s sixth birdie on the back nine and seventh on his round today. Unbelievable playing by Poulter during this match. He’s the only undefeated European heading into singles tomorrow.

EUROPE WINS 1 UP

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 18

After nice tee balls from both Woods and Stricker, Tiger puts his second shot to about 15 feet to the right of the hole, while Stricker sticks it 7 feet to the left. Garcia hits the green as well.

Tiger misses his birdie attempt by 2 feet to the left of the hole. Garcia misses his birdie attempt from 20 feet, but Stricker can't take advantage, pulling his 7-footer to give the point to the Europeans.

EUROPE WINS 1 UP

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 17

Poulter off the tee lasers it at the pin. He’s about 12 feet away. McIlroy had a huge draw on it, and it went over by the bunker on the left. Johnson stuck it close, about 3 feet. Dufner’s tee shot takes a bad hop left near McIlroy’s ball.

Poulter takes a long time looking over his putt and it pays off. He celebrates with a big fist pump. He's on fire. Johnson also makes a birdie to extend the match.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 17

Huge tee ball here at the par 3 by Tiger, landing it just on the green and it runs to about 4 feet left of the cup. He yells, "Give me some! Give me some! Give me some!" during the ball flight. Garcia plays a great tee ball too, getting it to about 10 feet left, and then Luke Donald gets inside Tiger to about 2 feet behind the hole.

Tiger makes his birdie first - Garcia and Stricker missed - and Donald matches it. Europe is dormie now.

THRU 17 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 16

Johnson played his second shot through the green. Long birdie putt for McIlroy is no good below the hole and missed his par putt coming back. Dufner was on the putting surface from 20 feet right of the hole. Poulter had about 20 feet for birdie. That was tracking the hole way, and dropped it in for a birdie. He is pumped up. Dufner cannot get it to drop.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 16

Big, big, big drive here for Tiger, smacking it about 335 yards over the corner, giving himself about 150 yards in and he sticks it to about 12 feet to the left of the pin. Garcia knocks his third to about 12 feet under the cup.

No one else needs to putt because Tiger buries his birdie putt to cut the lead back to one hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 15

McIlroy finds the bunker off the tee on the driveable par 4. Poulter finds the bunker with partner McIlroy. Johnson takes out driver and one-hopped it into the water. Leaving partner Dufner to play the safe shot with an iron. He put it in the fairway.

Johnson thought about playing it from the water, but Dufner talked him out of it. He took a drop and pitched to 5 feet for par. Dufner hits a wedge to 12 feet. Both Euros out of the bunker, but Poulter was conceded a birdie. Dufner can’t get his putt to drop.

THRU 15 HOLES: All-square

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 18

Solid drives all around here at the final hole. Kuchar's approach comes up short. Lawrie follows with a poor shot, as well, finding the very back of the green – pin is at the very front. Colsaerts then lands it just behind the cup and watches as the ball violently spins over the hole and ends up about 8 feet away. Johnson goes last and gets it on the green to set up a 15 footer for birdie.

It'll come down to Colsaerts needing to make his birdie, but he'll have to wait for the other three to hit. Lawrie rolls his almost off the green and Kuchar chips to 3 feet. Johnson gives his birdie a good roll, but misses just left.

Colsaerts is just barely on the putting surface and can halve the match with one good strike. But he leaves it right and the Americans survive.

USA WINS 1 UP

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 15

Three balls - Tiger, Stricker and Garcia - find the greenside bunker on the left at the drivable par 4, while Donald is left of that bunker in the rough.

Donald hits the best shot, getting it to about 6 feet past the hole. Tiger runs past to about 10 feet, while Garcia and Stricker play it conservatively and leave themselves between 20 and 25 feet. The latter two miss their lengthy attempts. Tiger doesn't hit it firm enough and misses under the hole. Donald does make and Europe extends its lead again.

THRU 15 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 17

Colsaerts pulls 8-iron at the par 3 and finds the left side of the green about 15 feet from the hole. Lawrie follows and hits it almost in the same spot. Kuchar puts his tee shot just inside of Colsaerts – it barely missed coming up short and possibly going into the water. Johnson then finds the middle of the green about 12 feet right of the hole.

After the first three guys miss their birdies, Johnson gives his a perfect roll and drains it. He powers up for his huge fist pump and the crowd gets very loud.

THRU 17 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 14

Dufner from the middle of the fairway finds the front bunker. He hit out to 2 feet. Poulter finds the same greenside bunker just closer to the hole. He tried making it, but it ran a 6 feet past the hole. Dufner’s birdie was conceded. Poulter made his to halve the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 16

After Kuchar gets a lucky break, his tee shot hitting a tree and bouncing back into the intermediate rough, Johnson bombs one down the middle. Colsaerts also finds the fairway, as does Lawrie.

Kuchar's second hits another tree, but this time the ball bounces back. He'll then lay up and is essentially out of the hole. Colsaerts then misses the green right and Lawrie ends up about 25 feet short of the hole, but on the green. Johnson misses the green, leaving it short in a greenside bunker. His third shot is also short, as he leaves it in the rough. He chips 3 feet past.

Lawrie then has to two-putt from 12 feet and he does, making par and winning the hole.

THRU 16 HOLES: All-square

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 14

A monster drive from Tiger - it just kept running down the fairway - but his second shot into the par 5 hits the green a bit too firm and it bounds off the back. Facing a difficult chip, Tiger plays a flop and gets it to about 8 feet under the hole.

Stricker missed his birdie putt first, as does Garcia. Tiger buries his 8-footer, which is matched by Donald. A halve.

THRU 14 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 13

Johnson finds himself on the back part of the green. Dufner fires one at the flag with a wood in hand off the tee. He’s about 20 feet from the hole. Poulter uses a hybrid and pust it next to the back bunker. McIlroy finds the green, and is about 15 feet or so above the hole.

Not a good read by Dufner on that birdie attempt. He is conceded the par. McIlroy then makes his birdie putt and lets out a big roar.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 15

Kuchar opts for driver and gets it on the green at the reachable par 4. He'll have a long eagle outt coming up. Both Europeans find the left greenside bunker.

Colsaerts makes another mistake, rolling his bunker shot across the green and nearly into the water. Lawrie follows – he has a similar shot – and has a different result, getting it to about 5 feet. After Johnson nearly holes his chip from the left side of the green, it's Kuchar's turn. He misses, though, and after Lawrie makes a birdie, the hole is halved.

THRU 15 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 12

Johnson’s tee ball was in the right rough, and tried punching it out and hit a tree. Dufner had an awkward stance for his second and managed to hit it around the tree, but on the far side of the green. Will have a lengthy attempt at birdie. Poulter followed suit of Dufner after being in the fairway. McIlroy gives a club twirl after that one. He put it to 15 feet, right of the cup.

McIlroy could not get his birdie attempt to drop. It would have won them the hole. Poulter in with par. Dufner was not given a short put, so he put it in anyways.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 13

Tiger hits an incredible tee ball here at the lengthy par 3, nearly picking up an ace, slowly rolling past the hole to about 3 feet. Stricker finds the front bunker, Garcia hits the green about 30 feet past the cup and Donald was off the back of the green.

And a big birdie by Tiger. Studied the putt a bit, but it goes right in the heart of the cup. That's three wins in the last four holes for the U.S.

THRU 13 HOLES: Europe, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 14

Colsaerts is super long off the tee this time – about 403 yards. He has just 182 yards into the long par-5. He had 25 feet for eagle. Another long hitter, Johnson hit the green in two. Johnson attempted his eagle bid, but left it a few feet short. Colsaerts nails the read on his eagle attempt, but it lipped out, again. Johnson cleans up for birdie. They halve the hole.

THRU 14 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 12

Down 4 holes at the turn, Tiger and Stricker are on the comeback trail, this time with a big birdie putt from Stricker from about 6 feet under the hole. With six holes to play, still plenty of work to do for the Americans.

THRU 12 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 11

Dufner is in the left rough off the tee. Poulter went right down the fairway. McIlroy was in the first cut of rough from the tee box. McIlroy missed his long birdie attempt. The Americans were in for par. Poulter eyes up a birdie attempt of 25 feet, but that will not drop. The hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

While Simpson gets into trouble, sending his second shot into the gallery and his third into a bunker – he was conceded a par – Watson reaches in two and just misses an eagle to win the match. He's given the birdie.

Molinari and Rose both have putts for birdie and one of them must make to stay alive. Molinari leaves his inches short. Rose, facing a 10 footer, has his lip out and the Americans take the match.

USA WINS 5 and 4

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 13

Kuchar put it on the green, just past the flag. Johnson is through the green and into the greenside bunker. Colsaerts tries to play a cut off the tee, but finds the back bunker, and will have a awkward stance for his third. The ball landed on the down slope. Lawrie follows Colsaerts into the bunker.

Johnson, from the bunker, put it to inches. Kuchar attempted a birdie putt, but it did not break. The Americans are in with three. The Euro had two par tries. Colsaerts nails his putt, and it rang around the cup. Lawrie put his dead center. Good save.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 11

Another missed opportunity for Tiger Woods here, missing a 12-footer for birdie that would have cut into Europe's lead, but he sends it about 3 feet past on the left. Was never on line. Garcia just missed his birdie attempt right before Woods putted.

THRU 11 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 10

Poulter had a good drive down the center of the fairway, and could possibly reach the green in two. McIlroy in the fairway and went for the green in two, and found the greenside bunker.

Dufner was in the fairway after a lay up, and hit his third to just 12 feet below the hole. Johnson had just 92 yards into the green, and through it behind the pin and spun it back to 4 feet. Poulter, with his third, did not have a great chip. He landed it 10 feet below the hole.

McIlroy from the sand was the same distance away from his partner. Poulter makes his birdie attempt, and so does Johnson. The hole is halved with birdies.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 12

Both Europeans are down the fairway on the right hand side. Good position for a shot at the pin. Johnson drove it way left, but got a good break because there was an opening to hit it through. He got it to the front edge of the green. Kuchar was in the fairway with the Euros and knocked it to 15 feet. Lawrie put it inside of Kuchar. Colsaerts hit it long and will have a tough chip coming back.

Kuchar left his birdie attempt 6 inches short. Par was conceded. Lawrie tried to convert his birdie, but the swinging putt swung too much. The hole is halved.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

Watson and Simpson both get on the green at the par 3. Molinari leaves his tee shot short and in the bunker while Rose follows by getting his ball on the green. Watson misses his long birdie putt and Molinari hits out of the sand to about 6 feet.

With his teammate facing a healthy par putt, Rose has to be careful on this 18 footer. He gets it close. Now, Simpson will try and win the hole, and he drills the 10 footer. Watson is right behind him as Simpson walks it in. The two simultaneously celebrate as the ball drops.

That makes seven birdies for Simpson in the match, including five in his last six holes.

THRU 13 HOLES: USA, 4 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 10

Tiger bombs his tee ball up the right side of the fairway and then hammered a fairway metal that somehow skips through a bunker and gets to the green. His eagle putt at the par 5 comes up short, but makes birdie, and Sergio Garcia can't match it with a 10-footer and the USA wins a hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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

Molinari and Rose both find the fairway, as does Simpson, but Watson goes way right and into the gallery. With three trees in the way, Watson hits an incredible shot that ends up just off the back of the green. Rose and Simpson both find the green.

Molinari's third shot, a chip from the rough, comes to rest on the lip. Rose also misses his birdie. With Watson getting into trouble, it's up to Simpson to try and win the hole. Simpson's long birdie putt is off the mark, but he recovers to save par and halve the hole.

THRU 12 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 9

From Jeff Babineau: As last group heads down 9, the wind is really starting to pick up.

McIlroy’s drive went way left. But the No. 1 player in the world recovered nicely by putting his second shot on the green. His birdie attempt would not fall for him. Par was conceded. Dufner’s putt for birdie is no good as it falls just short. Johnson had a 20 footer for birdie to win the hole, but it did not fall for him. The par was conceded.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 11

Lawrie found the fairway bunker off the tee, but it didn’t matter. He placed his second shot 5 feet from the flag. Johnson was in for a par. He put a little pressure on Lawrie. Lawrie missed birdie attempt, and he’s hearing it from the fans. But captain Jose Maria Olazabal is there to encourage him. The hole is halved.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 9

This one is getting away from the USA, and quickly.

After Woods misses a 4-footer for par at the par 4, but Stricker manages to get his 3-footer in. Doesn't matter because Luke Donald buries a 3-foot putt for birdie and the Europeans are making this a rout.

THRU 9 HOLES: Europe, 4 up

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

Watson and Simpson give themselves about 15 feet for their birdie putts. Molinari also has a good look from 10 feet. Simpson makes another birdie and is pumped after that. But Molinari answers and quiets the crowd with a birdie of his own to halve the hole.

THRU 11 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 10

Lawrie bombs one off the tee, even past his playing partner the Belgian Bomber. But that didn’t help him as he missed the green. Colsaerts and Kuchar the only two with birdie chances. Kuchar dropped his in, and on the same line Colsaerts could not. That’s Kuchar’s fourth birdie of the day. The Americans win the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 8

Johnson hit it well, but hard, and it went well past the hole. Dufner chooses 7-iron, and was short of the green. Lots of players are ending up there today. Poulter put a good swing on it and is just below the hole on the green. McIlroy was pin high, left on the green.

Dufner chipped up and the The Europeans conceded his par. Johnson gave it a go and it lipped out for birdie. Johnson went for the fist pump early. Two quality chances for Europe, and neither can convert. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 8

Tiger misses the green short at the par 3, while Stricker hits the green and has about 18 feet from the left. Donald gets inside that, leaving himself about 4 feet for birdie.

Stricker gives the hole a scare, with the ball lipping out and he has to settle for par. Stricker actually looks pretty ticked right now, and he is not one for emotions. Donald makes his birdie for Europe's first won hole since No. 4.

THRU 8 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 7

Dufner, from 115 yards in the middle of the fairway, sticks his third shot to 5 feet. Johnson found the fairway bunker after trying to lay up, but he stuck his third to 4 feet behind the hole. Both Euros have long putts for birdie.

Poulter had a 25 footer after blasting out of the sand, and just misses as he lipped out. McIlroy blasted out of the greenside bunker long, and did not make the birdie putt. The Americans had two chances to make birdie, and Dufner wins the hole without having Johnson putt.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

Watson bombs his drive down the middle of the fairway, but is just off the left side of the green on his second shot at the par 5. His Euro counterparts fail to reach the green in two.

Watson chips about 3 feet past, and Simpson sets up a 4 footer for birdie, to put pressure on his opponents. Rose's birdie roll comes up short and Molinari runs his birdie from 7 feet left of the hole. Simpson will putt first and makes the birdie to win the hole.

THRU 10 HOLES: USA, 3 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 9

Both teams make par on the ninth before making the turn. The hole is halved. Can either team make a charge or will this match go all the way to the 18th?

THRU 9 HOLES: All-square

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 7

After going right of the green in two at this par 5, Tiger hits a so-so chip to about 20 feet under the hole and burns the left edge on his birdie attempt. Ho-hum for him on a par 5.

Donald has a shot to get in with a birdie, but misses to the right. Garcia also misses and taps in for par. That left Stricker with the last opportunity for birdie, but he misses to the right. Halved with pars all around.

THRU 7 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 8

Colsaerts hit his tee ball into the front left bunker. Lawrie missed the green as well. Kuchar, asking for it to be right, comes up just short of the green. Johnson also short. Colsaerts saves par from the bunker. Kuchar’s birdie attempt burns the left edge. The hole is halved.

THRU 8 HOLES: All-square

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

Simpson and Molinari give each side a good look at birdie as they both stick their approaches to within 10 feet. Molinari makes his birdie and Simpson follows suit to halve the hole.

THRU 9 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 6

Poulter’s second shot is short and falls into the bunker. McIlroy had an unbelievably long drive, but put his second shot into the same bunker as Poulter. Johnson hit the green in two, but was on the other side of the green. He ran a birdie attempt 8 feet by. Dufner put it right over the flagstick, and was 20 feet away from the pin. Dufner cannot make a birdie, and ends up 4 feet to the right of the hole. He saves par. Poulter saves par from the bunker.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 7

Both Americans and Europeans hit sporadic drives off the tee. Kuchar played first and hit a wood up in the fairway, 50 yards from the green. Lawrie tried to play a cut, but it came up short in front of the greenside bunker. Colsaerts flares it right and lands in the greenside bunker. From the trees, Johnson put his ball in the greenside rough.

Colsaerts shows his touch around the green from the bunker and put it to within a foot. His putt is conceded. Kuchar had to make a lengthy birdie putt, but could not. Euros win the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: All-square

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 6

Tiger and Stricker both miss the fairway, and Tiger leaves his approach about 10 yards short of the green. From the rough, Tiger puts his ball about 12 feet to the left of the hole.

Donald gets just off the green in two, but misses a downhill, 18-footer for birdie to give Tiger a chance to halve, and he buries his 12-footer to keep from falling further behind.

THRU 6 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Rose puts the pressure on the Americans, sticking his tee shot to a foot. The birdie is conceded and Watson or Simpson must make birdies. Watson goes first and misses from 35 feet away. But Simpson comes up big, sinking his 8 footer to halve the hole. He walks away pumping his fist in the air.

THRU 8 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 5

From the fairway, Johnson takes out his 3-wood and went for the green in two. He got it to stop 40 feet from the cup. Poulter lands his second shot on the front of the green. Dufner sent his ball in the corporate tent behind the green and got a free drop.

McIlroy landed his ball pin high after only having 195 yards in, but it ran through and was in the back rough. McIlroy with his great touch put it to within inches, and it is conceded. He was in with birdie. Johnson left his eagle bid just a few rolls short. Halved with birdies.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

No one gets on the green in two at this par 5. Rose and Molinari fall short in the fairway while Simpson misses in the right greenside bunker. Watson hits his drive behind a tree, but then hooks it all the way into the left greenside bunker. He then hits out of the sand to about 3 feet to set up an easy birdie.

Molinari misses his 20 footer for birdie and Rose also misses his birdie try. Simpson will putt first, but misses his lengthy birdie attempt. Finally, Watson steps up to his ball and calmly finds the bottom of the cup to win the hole.

THRU 7 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 6

Americans in trouble on this hole. Both Johnson and Kuchar make bogey. Colsaerts had a 15 footer for birdie, but didn’t lag it enough for it to be conceded, so Lawrie had to get up and hit his 3 footer for par. The Europeans win the hole.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 5

Playing the par-5 5th, both Stricker and Woods will have nice looks at eagle, as Stricker puts his about 15 feet under the hole and Tiger is 15 feet left. Garcia also attacks with his second and finds the front of the green, about 50 feet to the hole.

After Tiger misses his by about 18 inches, Stricker buries his to help the USA win its first hole in this match.

THRU 5 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 4

Dufner from the middle of the fairway puts it right over the flag. McIlroy from the fairway, too, spun his shot it to the left, and stopped below the hole, about 5 feet away. Poulter has a birdie putt from 15 feet above the hole. Dufner rolled his birdie putt just outside the right edge of the cup.

The Europeans had two chances for a birdie, but only needed one. Poulter with his passion and fist pump dropped his putt in.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 5

Long hitters will be rewarded here. Colsaerts was short of the green in two. Kuchar is over the green in two. He chipped back to 4 feet. Colsaerts his third shot to 4 feet. Kuchar made his birdie putt and put the pressure on Colsaerts. He handled it well, and made the putt. Halved with fours.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

Watson drives it left into a fairway bunker and he's right up next to the lip, but he gets it out well and finds the far left side of the green. Simpson is in the right rough and leaves his approach short of the green. Molinari sticks it to 10 feet after a great approach from the fairway. Rose also finds the green about 25 feet away from the hole.

Watson putts to about 3 feet before Simpson hops his birdie putt form off the green and leaves it 4 feet short. Molinari and Rose can't convert their birdie attempts, and Simpson makes par following a Watson miss, and the hole is halved.

THRU 6 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 4

Woods hits his tee ball left - and we mean way left - and this is not looking good for the ol' USA. Stricker does find the fairway and plays a nice second shot into the green, moments after Tiger sent his second shot left again. Not pretty golf coming from Woods thus far.

Stricker's birdie putt lips out on the left. Stricker rarely shows emotion, but he didn't like that one. Tiger hits his third from way left of the gallery and actually plays a nice shot, but doesn't need to putt out after Stricker's par is conceded. Moments later, Garcia buries a long birdie to take a commanding 3-up lead.

THRU 4 HOLES: Europe, 3 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 3

Poulter and Johnson both miss the green. Dufner plays a safe shot to the middle of the green. McIlroy, out of the rough, played a shot almost to the same spot as Dufner. Poulter chipped to 4 feet. Johnson didn’t get a lot of the ball, and it pops in the air and lands 10 feet away.

Dufner missed a birdie attempt and the par was conceded. McIlroy had a birdie putt to win the hole, but ran it past the hole. The hole is halved with pars.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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

Watson and Simpson catch lucky breaks at the par 5. Watson's second shot went right, but he was able to get a free drop because of an obstruction. Simpson sent his long and left, but the gallery kept it close to the green.

With Molinari facing an eagle putt, Watson chips to about 3 feet while Bradley rolls his chip past the hole. Rose chips onto the green, but it has a lot of pace and rolls way past the hole and down the green. Molinari then steps up and gets his 40 footer close. The birdie is conceded. Watson or Simpson must make their putt to halve the hole.

Simpson takes his first since his is the more difficult one. He holes it for birdie and Watson picks up his ball mark.

THRU 5 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 4

Americans Johnson and Kuchar find the green at No. 4, as well as both Europeans. Kuchar rolls in a long birdie attempt. Colsaerts, 10 feet away, can not find the bottom of the cup. Is this the same guy from yesterday?

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 2

Johnson from the tee had a 7-iron in hand and put it to the far right side of the green. Dufner gave it a few waggles before hitting and fired it at the pin about 20 feet away. Poulter just gets it over the water, and his ball sits on the edge of the slope towards the water.

McIlroy says ‘Oh no' on the tee as he knows his ball is in the water. It’s all Poulter on this hole now, and he chipped it past the hole to 3 feet. Dufner’s par putt slides right by and his par is conceded. Poulter, who lives for these moments, lips out to save par from 5 feet.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 2 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 3

Huge drive from Tiger into the dead center of the fairway, leaving himself 77 yards into the green. But he flies another one, just putting about 5 yards too much on it and it bounds off the back. He tries to play a cute chip, but doesn't even get it to the green.

Stricker and Donald both hit the green in regulation, while Garcia was in a similar position to Woods. Donald had the shortest birdie attempt at around 6 feet. Stricker two-putts for a par, leaving the door open for Donald. But he fails to convert and they halve the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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

Watson finds trouble off the tee and has to punch out to the fairway. Rose is also in trouble behind a tree, but manages to get on the green about 40 feet from the hole. Molinari is also putting for birdie while Simpson's approach spins off the green.

Rose and Molinari miss their birdie putts, though, and Simpson puts his chip close, and the hole is halved.

THRU 4 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Dufner/Z. Johnson vs. McIlroy/Poulter: Hole No. 1

Johnson from the fairway put it to 12 feet, while his partner, Dufner, did one better and put in there to 8 feet; same line as Johnson. McIlroy bombed his drive down the fairway, but it didn’t pay off as he plops his second shot into the greenside bunker. Poulter had a birdie chip, but could not convert. Johnson makes his putt to put the Americans up in the match.

THRU 1 HOLE: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 2

Stricker hits his tee ball into the water for the second time in this Ryder Cup, while Tiger sends his ball into the greenside rough in the back. Both Garcia and Donald hit the green, both about 20 feet away.

Tiger hits a nice chip, but it settles about 8 feet past. Garcia and Donald both two-putt for par, giving Tiger a chance to halve the hole. But he misses left and the USA is down early.

THRU 2 HOLES: Europe, 2 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 3

Kuchar sent his drive a bit left, but should be alright. Johnson bombed his down the fairway. Colsaerts hit his tee ball long and just a little bit left, and Lawrie followed suit. Colsaerts’ approach shot is over the green. Kuchar is 15 feet away on the green. Lawrie is 30 feet away from the cup. Johnson needed some spin and didn’t get it. He is 20 feet from the cup after a 60-yard wedge shot.

Colsaerts chipped and lipped out, same goes for Kuchar. Lawrie lags his putt to 3 feet. Johnson was in with par. Colsaerts saved par after going 7 feet passed the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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Woods/Stricker vs. Garcia/Donald: Hole No. 1

Tiger and Stricker split the fairway off the tee, with Woods using less than driver to do so. Maybe a different strategy on Saturday. Donald and Garcia also find the fairway.

Tiger flies the green with his second, while Stricker finds the green on the right. Garcia plays an incredible shot to about 3 feet, flying it past the hole and spinning it back. The U.S. concedes that putt, and Stricker can't make his and Europe takes an early lead.

THRU 1 HOLE: Europe, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 2

Both Europeans are both on the green, right over the flagstick. Colsaerts is closer than Lawrie. Kuchar with a 7-iron off the tee is just right of the hole. Johnson is on the far right side of the green. Kuchar found the side door of the cup and dropped in a birdie putt. Colsaerts must answer, but could not.

THRU 2 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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

All but Rose find the green, but Simpson has the best chance at birdie. Rose chips close with his third shot. Molinari then hits a good putt and leaves it close, as well. The par is conceded.

Watson putts first for the Americans, but his birdie comes up just short. Simpson then steps up and drains his 8-foot birdie to win the hole.

THRU 3 HOLES: USA, 1 up

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D. Johnson/Kuchar vs. Colsaerts/Lawrie: Hole No. 1

Colsaerts pulls his tee shot left into the rough. Lawrie strips his down the center of the fairway. Kuchar is with opponent Colsaerts in the left rough. And Johnson goes even further left. Kuchar puts his second shot in the middle of the green, 30 feet from the hole. Colsaerts put it pin high, just left of the by 20 feet. Lawrie goes right at the flag and drops it to 7 feet. Johnson answers by putting his second 10 feet away.

Johnson can’t convert, but neither can Lawrie, who had a pretty straightforward putt. Halved with pars.

THRU 1 HOLE: All-square

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

Molinari's tee shot nearly goes in the water. Rose is on the back of the green. On the other end of the spectrum, Watson and Simpson find the green and are both within 15 feet. The crowd noise picked up significantly after those shots.

Molinari chips 15 feet past the hole while Rose misses his birdie putt right. Simpson leaves his 15 footer for birdie low, missing left. Now, it's Watson's turn to win the hole, but he leaves it less than an inch right. Rose makes par and the hole is halved.

THRU 2 HOLES: All-square

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

Molinari and Simpson find the fairway as the crowd on the opening tee box is rowdy as usual. Watson and Rose find the rough. Both Europeans miss the green, though, as Simpson gets on the green. Watson is in a greenside bunker.

Rose putts from the rough and sends it about 3 feet by. Simpson sends his birdie putt by as well. Molinari then putts from the collar and he, too, misses.

Watson will attempt an 8 footer for par after hitting out of the bunker and it lips out. Rose makes his par putt, as does Simpson, and the first hole is halved.

THRU 1 HOLE: All-square

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