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Blue moon rising at Ryder Cup

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NEWPORT, Wales – If you could actually see the moon tonight over Celtic Manor, it would probably look blue, too.

The blue European flag hovered over all six matches when Ryder Cup play was suspended Saturday.

It’s been 21 years since a team has swept a session at the Ryder Cup. Europe won all four matches in a Friday fourballs session at The Belfry in 1989 in retaining the cup in a 14-14 tie. A European sweep here remains improbable – none of the matches has even reached beyond the ninth hole – but would be especially impressive given that there are six matches in this session.

“None of these games is finished, but we are in a very, very strong position suddenly,” Montgomerie said. “It’s good to see the momentum going, as we say. Momentum is key in this series.”

Even with the European sweep going, the scoreboards aren't as blue as Montgomerie would like them to be. Montgomerie explained after play ended Saturday that the new electronic boards don't convey the impact of a European run the way he would like because the flags that show how many matches a team's winning don't dominate the new boards the way they did old-fashioned scoreboards. He likes the sense of momentum the old-fashioned boards created with blue flags posted.