Rest of the World Maintains Lead

By Sports NetworkNovember 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The fourball matches were split on Saturday and the Rest of the World squad managed to hold onto the lead after Day 2 of the UBS Cup.
American captain Arnold Palmer, along with 2002 Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange, coasted to a 4-and-3 win over Rest of the World captain Tony Jacklin and Nick Faldo in the opening match on Saturday. The other members of Jacklin's team rallied, however, to give the Rest of the World a 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead heading into Sunday's singles.
'At the end of all the proceedings here this week, every single putt that has been made and been missed becomes important,' said Jacklin, who is trying to lead the Rest of the World to its first victory at this event. 'You win some and you lose some. Looking at that scoreboard as it was earlier in the afternoon, I was more than pleased to come out with a tie today in the fourballs.'
Mark O'Meara and Craig Stadler were in command of their match around the turn but the Americans squandered their lead down the stretch. Carl Mason, who lost the Senior British Open in a playoff to Tom Watson this year, teamed with Bill Longmuir to battle back and win the match, 1-up.
Hal Sutton, who will captain the U.S. in the 2004 Ryder Cup, joined Hale Irwin in trouncing the duo of Des Smyth and Rodger Davis, 5 and 3.
Brad Faxon and Scott Hoch gained another point for the Americans after they outlasted Ian Woosnam and Barry Lane, 1-up.
Eduardo Romero and Vicente Fernandez continued to roll on Saturday. The Argentinean duo defeated Watson and Rocco Mediate, 5 and 3.
'We were fantastic today,' said Romero. 'We have played together in a few World Cups and we not only speak the same language, we know each other's games really well.'
In the last match, Raymond Floyd and Bruce Lietzke put up a good fight but the international pairing of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie emerged victorious in the end, 2 and 1.
Stadler and O'Meara had built a 3-up lead with six holes to play but Mason and Longmuir began their recovery with a win at the 13th.
The international duo won the 15th to go 1-down before Longmuir drained a long birdie putt at the 17th to pull even with the Americans.
At the closing hole, Mason dropped his approach within 20 feet and converted the birdie putt to secure the match for the Rest of the World team.
'When we were 3-down we were trying not to get hammered,' said Mason. 'We couldn't make a putt all day then finished with two beauties. We are both new to this and we know we can play. It's just a case of settling down and getting into a rhythm.'
Faxon picked up a birdie at the 16th to square his match. At the par-4 last, Faxon got up and down for par to secure the point.
Palmer and Strange won their first hole against Faldo and Jacklin with a birdie at the seventh and went 2-up with a birdie at the eighth.
The Americans won the 13th and put the match out of reach with a birdie at the very next hole.
'Well, that's match play and that's the event,' said Strange. 'That is why we enjoy it so much and why the people enjoy it so much. It's three days of match play and you have a winner and loser in each match. Thank goodness we got off the schnide.'
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