Teams Still Separated by a Single Point


On a soggy Saturday in St. Simons, Ga., the United States and the Rest of the World split their six four-ball (better ball) matches.
As a result, the two teams are separated by a single point, 6 - 5 , entering the final day of the second-annual UBS Warburg Cup.
Rain pelted players for the better part of Day 2, increasing in strength as morning turned to afternoon.
The U.S. led 3 - 2 after the Day 1 foursome (alternate shot) matches. They will play 12 singles matches Sunday.
Arnold Palmer, who lost to a Gary Player-led team on Day 1, got the better of his fellow playing captain Saturday ' thanks to the help of Tom Watson.
The American tandem was 3-down through 10 holes against Player and recent Hall of Fame inductee Bernhard Langer, but once the weather turned, so, too, did the tide.
Palmer picked the perfect partner considering the conditions. Watson, a five-time British Open champion who won this years Senior Tour Championship in brutal elements, made a 12-foot birdie at the 11th to cut his teams deficit to 2-down.
Palmer, who chipped in for par at the third, made a 40-footer for birdie to win the 12th. Watson then followed with a five-foot par putt to win 13; a 25-foot birdie to win 14; a seven-foot birdie to win 15; and a 10-footer for birdie at 16 to win the match.
The Americans turned a 3-down deficit into a 3-and-2 victory in a span of six holes.
When (Palmer) made that putt on that long par-3 I said, You know, were in the game now, Watson said.
I contributed, thats all I wanted to do, added Palmer.
Langer noted, When the weather got worse, these guys got a lot better. Tom played awesome at the end.
For the second straight day, Tom Lehman and Raymond Floyd defeated Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam. This time the Americans won 2-and-1.
The final four matches were decided under a downpour, though, two of them were RoW blowouts.
Barry Lane and Denis Durnian beat Scott Hoch and Tom Kite, 4-and-3. Stewart Ginn and Rodger Davis handled Paul Azinger and Mark OMeara, 4-and-2.
Fred Funk and Bob Gilder turned the tables on Seiji Ebihara and Isao Aoki. After losing to the Japanese combination Friday, they prevailed, 1-up, on Saturday. Funks tee shot on the par-3 17th ricocheted off the right bunker lip to within six feet of the hole. He made the birdie putt to give his team a 1-up lead. The U.S. was then conceded a par at the last to avenge their earlier defeat.
In the final match of the day, Nick Faldo carried Eduardo Romero to victory over Hale Irwin and Curtis Strange.
Irwin did his best to keep the Americans in the match, but Faldo birdied the 17th. Following a lengthy delay for workers to squeegee the greens, the six-time major winner stuck his tee shot to six feet and made the birdie.
Faldo then two-putted the last to win the match, 1-up.
The U.S. trailed by two points after two days a year ago, but won the singles session by three points to capture the Cup. It take 12 points to win the contest, but the U.S. can retain the Cup with a 12-12 tie.