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Dufner and Z Johnson bt Westwood and Molinari 3&2

The Americans bogeyed the first after Dufner drove into sand, but he made amends with a six-footer for birdie on the next.

Westwood and Molinari were back in front with another at the fourth and both sides birdied the long fifth before Westwood missed a four-foot par putt and lost the sixth.

His partner came good again with a winning 10-foot birdie at the next, but back-to-back birdies around the turn took the Americans one ahead for the first time after trailing on three separate occasions.

The next four holes were shared in pars, but Westwood hit an awful tee shot well into the water on the driveable 15th and it was all over when he and Molinari -- without his brother Edoardo alongside him this time, of course -- three-putted the next.

Irish Independent