Sunday 21 January 2018

Ryder Cup Singles Scoreboard

Europe 14.5
America 13.5

Lee Westwood v Steve Stricker

New world No 2 Westwood came back from a bogey on the short fifth with winning birdies on the next two, but missed chances to stretch his advantage before matching Stricker's birdie at the long ninth.

The 562-yard 11th was shared in birdies as well -- Westwood almost made a 50-footer for eagle -- but Stricker also birdied the next and Europe's leading light went in the water at the next to fall behind again. An 18-foot eagle putt after both had driven the green on the 15th made it two up with three to play and two halves after that settled it.

Stricker wins 2&1

Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink

McIlroy took the first two holes, but lost the next three and turned still one down. A 10- footer at the long 11th was needed to keep it that way before McIlroy hit his approach to the 12th to a foot and levelled. But he found the lake at the next. Cink was favourite to take the 15th after driving to the green, but three-putted after McIlroy got up and down from a bunker. They shared the next two, Cink missing from six feet at the 17th, and McIlroy saved a half after splashing out of a bunker at the second attempt to five feet and making the putt.

Match Halved

Luke Donald v Jim Furyk

Facing the man who deprived him of a £7m jackpot eight days earlier, Donald went three up after six and kept it to the turn, which he reached in 33. He started the back nine by three-putting, but made glorious amends with back-to-back 20-footers for halves. Furyk then three-putted the 13th, only for Donald to bogey the next. He salvaged a great half from the edge of the hazard at the 15th; Furyk birdied the next from 18 feet, but pushing a pitch into the bunker on the last cost the Americans dear as Donald two-putted to win.

Donald wins 1 hole

Martin Kaymer v Dustin Johnson

Three bogeys in the first five holes left Kaymer two down to the player whose rules blunder helped the German to victory at the US PGA in August, but a pitch to four feet on the ninth halved the deficit.

Kaymer started the inward half with a further bogey, lost the 11th as well to a birdie and Johnson, without a point in his first three games, made it four birdies in a row – after none in the first 10 holes – to register the opening win of the day for the visitors.

Johnson wins 6&4

Ian Poulter v Matt Kuchar

Poulter holed from 35 feet at the third and took the fifth as well when Kuchar’s second rolled into the water. Another American bogey on the 210-yard 10th stretched the difference to three.

Top-scorer with four points out of five two years ago, Poulter chipped in for an eagle at the 11th and, after losing the next to a birdie, came roaring back with two of his own to take Europe into double figures.

He finished this match with three points out of four and sent Kuchar to his first defeat on his debut.

Poulter wins 5&4

Ross Fisher v Jeff Overton

Fisher birdied one and three to establish an early grip and somehow got out of the fifth with a half despite chipping into the water.

Overton had holed his approach to the eighth the day before and almost did it again. He then took six at the next to turn two down, but birdied the 10th and won the 12th with a par to level.

Fisher, with his game suddenly slipping, bogeyed the next two as well and was in the water by the 15th green, but he escaped with a half to remain two down. Three-putting the next, though, ended his hopes.

Overton wins 3&2

Miguel Angel Jimenez v Bubba Watson

Jimenez went ahead three times in the first eight holes, chipping in on the last occasion, before stretching his lead to two with a 20-foot birdie on nine.

Another birdie-four at the 11th took him three clear and, after halving the next three holes, Jimenez conjured up a wonderful shot to take Europe into a 13-9 lead.

He had to play a bunker shot on the 15th with his feet outside and the ball below him, but he got it to three feet for a winning birdie.

Jimenez wins 4&3

Francesco Molinari v Tiger Woods

Woods played the first six holes in twounder-par, but found himself one behind as Molinari birdied the first, second and fifth.

The world No 1 turned it round, however, when he birdied the ninth and the Italian bogeyed the next.

It was the start of a golden run. Woods birdied the next two, sank his approach to the 12th for eagle, birdied the next and finished things off with another birdie at the 15th.

He was an incredible nine-under par – and seven under for his last seven.

Woods wins 4&3

Edoardo Molinari v Rickie Fowler

After early to and fro, the older of the Molinari brothers went two up thanks to a birdie at the eighth and par on the short 10th.

Further birdies at the 11th and 12th widened the gap to four with only six to play, but Fowler won the 13th and, from three down with three to go, took the 16th and 17th, where he made a 20-footer.

Both had to lay up at the 575-yard last and Fowler had an 18-foot birdie chance to grab an unlikely and absolutely vital half – and took it.

Match Halved

Peter Hansen v Phil Mickelson

Mickelson, beaten in his first three games, won the first four holes, but Hanson took the next two. That was as good as it got for the Swede, though.

His second double-bogey seven of the day on the ninth meant he turned at three down and, although US Masters champion Mickelson was in the water and lost the next, he birdied the 11th and won the 14th and 16th as well.

It was his first singles win since 1999, but he still leaves with more losses – 17 – than any other American in Cup history.

Mickelson wins 4&2

Padraig Harrington v Zach Johnson

After bogeying the first two, Harrington birdied the third and fifth to level, but instantly lost the next.

Johnson kept the momentum and by the short 13th – and after seven birdies – was five clear with just five to play.

Harrington got two back, raising hopes of a spectacular comeback that would have eased the pressure on last man Graeme McDowell, but a half on the 16th brought the USA level with one game left on the course.

The Americans needed to halve it and Europe had to win it.

Johnson wins 3&2

Graeme McDowell v Hunter Mahan

Birdies on the first and fourth put US Open champion McDowell two up and another at the fifth stretched the lead.

A bogey on the eighth from the Ulsterman gave Mahan hope and, after winning the long 11th, McDowell followed with another bogey.

All eyes were starting to turn to this final pairing and Mahan cut the gap to one with a birdie on the 15th, only for McDowell to birdie the next from 20 feet.

And he clinched victory – for the entire team – at the next when Mahan bogeyed.

McDowell wins 3&1

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