Match of the Day: With only one of the morning’s groups past the 12th hole because of a deluge that made the Twenty Ten course unplayable for much of the day the outcome of the Day 1 fourballs session was still undecided. But as darkness settled over Celtic Manor the momentum had swung in the Americans favor.
The match of the day when play was halted due to darkness, however, was the Bubba Watson-Jeff Overton vs. Padraig Harrington-Luke Donald tilt. Thanks to a birdie-birdie start the American rookies were 1 up through eight holes in what could be a devastating loss for the Europeans considering the U.S. side seemed grossly overmatched.
Quote of the Day: “Our waterproofs are keeping us nice and dry,” Ian Poulter said.
Final line: The Americans lead in two matches and had rallied in a third (Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker vs. Ian Poulter-Ross Fisher) to go all-square. Before last year, when the U.S. roared to a 3-1 morning foursomes lead, the last time the U.S. side won the opening session was in 1991 (3-1) at Kiawah Island.
Scouting report for Day 2: Scrambling to complete the competition on time officials plan to finish the opening fourballs session before sending out six foursomes matches on Saturday. When that session is completed the plan is to send all 12 players back out in four fourballs and two foursomes matches that, officials hope, will set the stage for Sunday’s 12 singles matches.
Although it’s difficult to say the adjusted schedule favors one team over another, the Americans have traditionally been considered the deeper of the two squads, a marked advantage if all 12 players are on the course at one time, and European stalwart Lee Westwood is still nursing a calf injury that has sidelined him since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It’s an injury that could make 36 holes a day difficult.