Match of the Day: Session 2 (foursomes) Jim Furyk-Rickie Fowler vs. Lee Westwood-Martin Kaymer. Although it’s rare that a halved match leads the highlight reel the morning alternate-shot duel featured plenty of peaks and valleys, particularly for the American rookie.
On the second hole Fowler failed to get his shot out of a fairway bunker and two holes later he dropped an incorrect golf ball from the mud and the U.S. side lost the hole. The cup first-timer redeemed himself, however, holing a 4-footer for birdie at the last for a crucial half-point.
Quote of the Day: “It’s a shame it got dark. I think we would have loved to keep going. It was great to see a lot blue on the board. I think it motivated all of us.”
Final line: U.S. 6, Europe 4. The Americans closed out the Day 1 fourball session with a 2 ½-1 ½ advantage and rallied late in the second session to maintain the lead. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker extended their dominate team play to 6-0 dating back to last year’s Presidents Cup, Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan quieted the fabulous Molinari brothers (2 up) and Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar won two of the last three holes, including a 40 footer for Cink at the 17th, to stun the “Big Macs” (Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell).
Scouting report for Day 3: Darkness couldn’t come soon enough for U.S. captain Corey Pavin with the Americans trailing in all six afternoon matches.
Technically all six afternoon matches will be completed on Sunday morning before the start of the final 12 singles matches, but Woods and Stricker’s foursomes duel with Westwood and Luke Donald is over in form, if not function. The yet-to-be stopped American duo was 4 down through nine holes and they could be in worse shape but Stricker holed a lengthy birdie putt before play was halted.