Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lee Westwood closes in on record points haul for Europe

European Ryder Cup player Ian Poulter reacts after chipping into the hole on the 15th green
European Ryder Cup player Ian Poulter reacts after chipping into the hole on the 15th green
U.S. Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed chips out of a bunker on the 15th hole during his fourballs 40th Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
European Ryder Cup players Ian Poulter (L) and Rory McIlroy (C) speak with U.S. Ryder Cup player Jimmy Walker during their fourballs 40th Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles in Scotland September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT GOLF)
Rory McIlroy of Europe laughs alongside Terry Mundy, caddie for Ian Poulter of Europe during the morning fourballs
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Matt Kuchar (L) and Zach Johnson of the United States walk down the 2nd fairway with Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson of Europe during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Jamie Donaldson of Europe acknowledges the crowd as he walks onto the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
U.S. Ryder Cup players Patrick Reed and Jordan Speith watch as European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer places his ball on the 14th green during their fourballs match.
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Europe team captain Paul McGinley looks on from the 1st tee during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Ian Poulter of Europe celebrates chipping in on the 15th hole during the morning fourballs
European Ryder Cup player Justin Rose gestures after putting on the fifth green during his fourballs
AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Jamie Donaldson of Europe tees off on the 4th hole during the Afternoon Foursomes of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt on the 13th green during the morning fourballs
Henrik Stenson congratulates teammate Justin Rose for sinking his putt on the tenth green during their fourballs at Gleneagles

Lee Westwood edged closer to becoming Europe's record points scorer in the Ryder Cup with a second foursomes win alongside Jamie Donaldson at Gleneagles.

Despite being beaten 4&3 by Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the morning fourballs, the home pair were sent out again by captain Paul McGinley and responded with a hard-fought win over Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

That gave Westwood his 23rd point in the biennial contest, just two short of the record held by Nick Faldo, who caused controversy on Friday by labelling Sergio Garcia's performance under his captaincy at Valhalla in 2008 as "useless."

It also restored Europe's two-point overnight advantage and there looked like being at least one more to come with Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson four up on Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler with six holes remaining.

The other two matches were far closer, with Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy one up on Furyk and Mahan with five to play and Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer winning the 15th with a par to get back to all square with unbeaten rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

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