MEDINAH, Ill. – Among the victories large and small for the United States in Saturday’s foursome matches, the one that likely echoed through both team rooms was the rebound match for Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk.
Following Friday’s foursome loss to Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, considered by many Europe’s top two-ball, the U.S. duo were given a chance at redemption in the morning’s anchor match and didn’t disappoint.
Furyk rolled in an 8 footer for birdie at the first hole and the Europeans, who played 13 holes without a birdie, trailed throughout. For the second consecutive day the group went the distance, but McIlroy’s birdie putt from 37 feet slipped past the hole for a 1-up American victory.
“It’s a huge monkey off my back,” said Snedeker, a Ryder Cup rookie. “It was obviously a tough way to end yesterday, so to come out here today and play the same team again felt like I had something to prove to Jim and to them that it was not going to be the same guy they saw yesterday.”
McIlroy rolled in an 8 footer at No. 16 to cut the U.S. lead in half but missed a birdie from 10 feet at the 17th that would have squared the match.