Rest of the World Leads After Day 1

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- European Tour stalwarts Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie rolled to a 5-and-3 victory over Raymond Floyd and Hale Irwin to help the Rest of the World take a 3 -2 lead at the UBS Cup after Friday's foursomes at Sea Island Golf Club.
 
'All my guys feel very comfortable and are content with their partners so I've decided to keep things the same,' said Rest of the World captain Tony Jacklin. 'It was nip and tuck all day long and they came back strongly. It would have been fantastic if the games had stayed like they were early on but these guys are never going to let down and let you have your way.'
 
The internationals were dominant early on but Scott Hoch and Hal Sutton came back to win their match against Carl Mason and Bill Longmuir, 1-up. The other victorious American squad was that of Craig Stadler and Mark O'Meara, who handled Barry Lane and Ian Woosnam, 1-up.
 
Stadler and O'Meara tallied back-to-back wins at the 14th and the 15th and sealed the deal after Stadler converted a birdie putt at the 17th.
 
'It was good,' said Stadler. 'We got off good. We won one and two. They won three of the next four to go 1-up. Kind of kept going from there. Just halving a lot of holes, couple missed putts. Mark missed some putts, a couple putts that were makable.'
 
Brad Faxon and Bruce Lietzke earned a half point against the international duo of Des Smyth and Rodger Davis.
 
Langer and Montgomerie, who have tremendous experience in team events dating back to past Ryder Cup pairings, were in control early and held a 3-up lead after seven holes.
 
'It's quite obvious that we enjoy playing together. We complement each other very well and respect each other. Respect and confidence in your partner is vital,' said Montgomerie.
 
The Europeans put the match away on the back side without giving Irwin and Floyd a chance to come back.
 
'Bernhard and I have had great success in foursomes golf over the years,' said Montgomerie. 'We play a very similar game, and we do enjoy it.'
 
Hoch and Sutton found themselves trailing throughout their match against Mason and Longmuir.
 
'Obviously, if you checked the board, we didn't do much early,' said Hoch. 'We just missed a couple greens. I think we went for some pins and just barely missed them. They run down the hills, run off pretty well.'
 
The Americans battled back and won the 12th and the 15th to pull even with their competitors. At the closing hole, Sutton, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2004, ran home a 16-footer for a birdie to win the match at the Seaside Course.
 
The Rest of the World team picked up another point as the Argentinean duo of Eduardo Romero and Vicente Fernandez trounced the American team of Tom Watson and 2002 Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange, 4 and 3.
 
Jacklin knocked off his American counterpart Arnold Palmer in the opening match. Three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo joined Jacklin in defeating Palmer and Rocco Mediate, 1-up.
 
'We are not happy to be trailing but a point isn't much at this stage,' said Palmer, whose American squad has won this event the last two years. 'There is still a lot of golf to be played and it's going to come down to Sunday, whichever way you cut it.
 
'I think every one of my guys are happy. They're not all totally happy with the way they hit the ball. But I saw them all out there working on their games a little bit. That's encouraging. You know, there's still a lot of golf. We're looking at six points. Tomorrow we'll see what happens.'
 
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