Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley congratulate each other after another U.S. win.
|U.S. (Mickelson & Bradley) def. Europe (Westwood & Donald) 7 and 6
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MORE MATCH RECAPS: Foursomes — Poulter-Rose def. Watson-Simpson, 1 up | Mickelson-Bradley def. Westwood-Donald, 7-and-6 | Johnson-Dufner def. Colsaerts-Garcia, 2-and-1 | Furyk-Snedeker def. McIlroy-McDowell, 1 up | Four-ball –Kuchar-Johnson def. Colsaerts-Lawrie, 1 up | Watson-Simpson def. Rose-Molinari, 5-and-4 | Donald-Garcia def. Woods-Stricker, 1 up | Poulter-McIlroy def. Johnson-Dufner, 1 up
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MATCH FLOW: The way Mickelson and Bradley have been playing you could almost see this coming. The Americans got off to a fast start for the second straight day, winning the first two holes with birdies. By the time the Americans made the turn they were cruising, leading 5 up and prepared to make short work of the Nos. 3 and 4 players in the world. Bradley reached the par-5 10th in two and the Americans soon owned a 6-up advantage. They closed out the match when Mickelson — atoning for an errant drive — hit a brilliant third shot that caught the ridge and rolled back 20 feet to within inches of the pin. Westwood left Europe’s birdie effort there 5 feet shy and Donald missed the par putt to give the Americans the hole.
TIPPING POINT: The Americans won three of the final four holes on the front nine to make the turn 5 up.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Americans, who never trailed, won seven holes and were 6 under through 12 holes. The Europeans did not win a hole and shot 2 over as a team.
NOTES & QUOTES: This is only the second time Mickelson has earned three points in a Ryder Cup. The first? His rookie year in 1995 at Oak Hill — when Bradley was 5 years old.
The 7-and-6 victory tied for the widest margin of victory in a team event in Ryder Cup history.
"The thing about it is historically and mathematically the guys that have played five matches have not done as well in the singles and we want to make sure we’re rested and focused on the singles. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team that are playing some great golf who need to get out and play as well, and don’t be surprised if we end up not playing because we don’t want to risk two points for one." — Phil Mickelson
"I’m just thrilled I get to share this with Phil and play the way we did. I got to witness on the good side of one of those Phil pars on the last hole." — Keegan Bradley
“Phil is a good partner to Keegan. He’s obviously been a rock star this week, and they did nothing wrong. They played extremely solid. We didn’t quite have our games this morning, and we just couldn’t quite get the momentum on our side. We just kept pushing and trying as hard as we could, but they kept coming up with great shots.” – Luke Donald
"The European side has had some great teammates with Seve and Ollie and some others, but to be able to share this experience with Keegan and to partake in his great play and experience the Ryder Cup together has been really awesome. We’ve had so much fun. The crowd has provided so much energy, and it’s brought our best golf out." — Phil Mickelson
“We didn’t play well enough and put enough pressure on them, but that’s what in golf is normally going to win.” – Lee Westwood
- Keegan Bradley
- Lee Westwood
- Luke Donald