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Match 8: Colsaerts/Westwood defeat Stricker/Woods

Jay Busbee
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"I'll just be over here if you need me, Nico." (Getty Images)

Well...that didn't quite go according to plan.

Tiger Woods played well enough to redeem himself from his morning loss, but Ryder rookie Nicolas Colsaerts played absolutely out of his mind, throwing down eight birdies (winning five of them) to give the Europeans their lone afternoon victory.

It's not that Tiger was bad, necessarily; it's just that Colsaerts was absolutely out of his mind with his playing. Woods carded six birdies of his own, four for winners, including a monstrous 19-foot putt on 16 that drew the Americans to within one...but they would get no closer.

Whether Woods is tired or not is irrelevant; shortly after this round finished, Davis Love III announced that Woods would sit out Saturday morning's matches. Woods and Stricker are now responsible for two of the US's three lost points, and they'll need to get back on their horses quickly.

Standings after Day 1: USA 5, Europe 3.

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