Day 2 recap: USA holds 4-point lead after fourballs


MEDINAH, Ill. – Match-by-match recaps of Day 2 of the 39th Ryder Cup from Medinah Country Club, where the USA has an 10-6 lead through Saturday afternoon fourballs.

Saturday afternoon fourballs: U.S. 2, Europe 2 (Total: U.S. 10-6)

Match 13: Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar def. Nicolas Colsaerts-Paul Lawrie, 1 up

Recap: Dustin Johnson didn’t do much to speak of through 16 holes but was clutch draining a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to pull ahead for good.

Match 14: Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson def. Justin Rose-Francesco Molinari, 5 and 4

Recap: The ham-and-egg match of the day as the U.S. made nine birdies in a 12-hole stretch, including four consecutive by Simpson on Nos. 8-11. Europeans totally outmatched.

Match 15: Sergio Garcia-Luke Donald def. Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker, 1 up

Recap: Stricker was completely out of sorts and Woods’ five back-nine birdies were not enough to clip a powerful European team that produced nine combined birdies. Donald’s birdie at 17 was big-time.

Match 16: Rory McIlroy-Ian Poulter def. Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson, 1 up

Recap: Poulter was a mad man with birdies on each of the last five holes (Nos. 14-18) to win the last match of the day and give Europe a sliver of hope heading into Sunday singles.

Saturday morning foursomes: U.S. 3, Europe 1 (Total: U.S. 8-4)

Match 9: Ian Poulter-Justin Rose def. Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson, 1 up

Recap: The closest match of the morning wasn’t particularly good golf but it went to Europe over the U.S. team of major champions. Poulter’s record improves to 2-0.

Match 10: Keegan Bradley-Phil Mickelson def. Luke Donald-Lee Westwood, 7 and 6

Recap: In a match that tied the Ryder Cup record for biggest team defeat, the U.S. all-star duo continued to roll with six birdies in 12 holes against two of Europe’s biggest names.

Match 11: Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson def. Sergio Garcia-Nicolas Colsaerts, 2 and 1

Recap: Colsaerts couldn’t miss the day before, but in this match he couldn’t make. Americans only made two birdies and somehow escaped with victory on the 17th hole.

Match 12: Jim Furyk-Brandt Snedeker def. Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell, 1 up

Recap: Another match that was poorly played. Rory and GMac were mediocre and without much fire in their bellies, while Furyk and Snedeker were steady and never really out of any hole.

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