Tour Report: Friday afternoon Four-ball updates

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Ehrmann/Getty ImagesBubba Watson is in action for the Americans in Friday afternoon’s four-ball matches.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

MEDINAH, Ill. — The afternoon Four-balls in the 39th Ryder Cup are under way at Medinah County Club. Check back for updates throughout the day.

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7:12 p.m. – The Americans dominate the Four-Balls, winning three points, and now lead 5 and 3 overall.

7:11 p.m. – The Europeans salvage a point in the final match of the day when Woods misses a 15-footer for birdie on the left edge. Europe wins: 1 up

6:55 p.m. – Matt Kuchar makes a short par putt to halve the 16th hole and give the U.S. its third win in Four-balls. U.S. wins: 3 and 2.

6:53 p.m. – Colsaerts is amazing. With Woods 5 feet away for birdie, the Ryder Cup rookie just drained a 25-footer for his eighth birdie of the day. Woods made his putt and Europe heads to the 18th with a 1-up lead and guaranteed at least a half point.

6:45 p.m. – Dustin Johnson just made a 6-footer at the 15th hole, which was his second straight birdie, this one to win the hole rather than halve. The match is now dormie with the Americans 3 up with three holes to play.

6:41 p.m. – The U.S. Team off Woods and Stricker heads to the 17th hole with momentum after the former world No. 1 drained a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole to cut Europe’s lead to 1 down. Woods pointed his index finger into the air and walked off the green after the ball dropped.

6:21 P.M. – Colsaerts made an 8-footer for birdie at the 15th hole to put Europe 2 up. Woods had a chance to halve from 5 feet but the American pushed his putt right of the cup.

6:05 p.m. – A conceded birdie at the 17th hole gave the U.S. its second win. Mickelson hit a laser-like 7-iron to 2 feet after McDowell hit his tee shot into the water and McIlroy found the greenside bunker. The win was the second of the day for the U.S. duo.  “I wish I could go 36 more,” Bradley said. U.S. wins: 2 and 1

6:02 p.m. – Woods two-putted for birdie from 60 feet to win the 15th hole. He had to make a 5-footer coming back after Colsaerts missed his own birdie chance from 8 feet. Europe still leads 1 up.

5:42 p.m. – Justin Rose makes a 15-footer for birdie at the 12th hole to cut into the U.S. lead. Dustin Johnson and Kuchar are now 2 up.

5:37 p.m. – Colsaerts leads the European Tour in driving distance with an average of 317.7 yards. But who knew he was such a good putter? He just drained a 25-footer for birdie to win the 13th hole and put Europe 2 up in its match with Woods and Stricker.

5:29 p.m. – McIlroy gets what’s been a rare win for Europe in his match with Bradley and Mickelson. He’s through the green in two and chips to tap-in distance for a conceded birdie. Bradley has an 8-footer for birdie but can’t convert so the U.S. lead is now 2 down.

5:03 p.m. – Tiger Woods made a 20-footer for birdie at the 11th hole to cut into the European advantage. After the birdie, which was his second straight, the Americans were 1 down.

4:52 p.m. — Watson was the only player in his group to reach the green in two at the par-5 14th. He had two putts to win the hole after neither Lawrie nor Hanson could hole bunker shots for birdie. He putted to inches and the birdie – and the point – was conceded. U.S. wins: 5 and 4

4:45 p.m. – Colsaerts continues to carry the load in his match with Westwood, draining a 6-footer for eagle at the par-5 10th after Woods chips to tap-in range for a conceded eagle. Europe is now 2 up.

4:27 p.m. – Mickelson made an improbable 45-footer for par at the 11th to halve the hole and preserve a 3-up advantage for him and Bradley.

4:24 p.m. – Colsaerts drained a 25-footer for birdie at the  ninth hole, his fifth of his first Ryder Cup match, and Europe has its second lead of the afternoon.

4:12 p.m. – Make it four straight birdies for Matt Kuchar, this one a 15-footer, and when Justin Rose couldn’t answer, the Americans were 3 up.

4:08 p.m. – Paul Lawrie makes a 5-footer for  birdie at the 11th to win  Europe’s first hole. Watson and Simpson still lead 5 up, though, with seven holes remaining

4:04 p.m. – A conceded birdie for Graeme McDowell sends Americans Mickelson and Bradley to the back nine 3 up.

3:43 p.m. – We’ve played 29 holes in the quartet of Four-ball matches at Medinah this afternoon and Europe has led one hole and won just three  total.

3:34 p.m. – Bradley drains a 25-footer at the eighth hole and punctuates it with a roundhouse fist pump. When McDowell can’t answer from 10 feet, Bradley and Simpson have a 4-up lead. ESPN’s Paul Azinger, the former Ryder Cup captain, says of Bradley: “He could run through a brick wall right now.”

3:29 p.m. – The first match is on the back nine with Watson and Stricker leading 6 up. The two major champions combined for seven birdies on the front nine and won one hole with a par.

3:27 p.m. – Matt Kuchar made his second straight birdie, a 7-footer at the par-5 fifth hole, and the Americans now lead 2 up.

3:20 p.m. – Phil Mickelson poured in an 8-footer for birdie at the seventh hole to go back to 3 up on McIlroy and McDowell. McDowell had a 6-footer to halve the hole but the ball lipped out.

3:10 p.m. – Make that three-in-a-row for Bubba Watson as he makes a 3-footer after a brilliant second shot. He and Simpson now lead 6 up.

3:05 p.m. – Kuchar’s first birdie of the day comes at the fourth hole and gives him and Dustin Johnson the 1-up lead.

2:59 p.m. – Watson gives the Americans a commanding advantage in the afternoon’s first match, holing a 3-footer for birdie at No. 7 to take a 5 up advantage through seven holes. It was the reigning Masters champ’s second straight birdie and third of the match.

2:48 p.m. – Nicolas Colsaerts drains a 30-footer for his second birdie in four holes to square the final match of the day with Woods and Steve Stricker.

2:38 p.m. – With his opponents from Europe staring at par putts, Bubba Watson makes a 10-footer for birdie to lift the Americans to 4 up.

2:11 p.m. – Webb Simpson has the hot putter. He wins the fourth hole with a 15-foot birdie putts. The Americans are now 3 up.

2:05 p.m. – Tiger Woods made a birdie on his own ball on the opening hole. He punched the air as his ball dropped. On ESPN’s broadcast, the announcers noted that Woods had never birdied the opening hole in a Ryder Cup match with his own ball.

1:55 p.m. – The Americans also own a 2-up lead lead in the second match after Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson birdied the first two holes, respectively.  McIlroy has two pars for Europe.

1:51 p.m. – Simpson wins another hole for the Americans with a par at the second hole to Lawrie’s bogey. Bubba Watson then preserves the 2 up advantage when he matches Hanson’s birdie.

1:15 p.m. – Webb Simpson draws first blood with a 4-footer for birdie after Hanson misses from 20 feet.