Kinnard/Getty Images Jason Dufner (L) and Zach Johnson do a fist bump after another solid performance.
|U.S. (Zach Johnson & Jason Dufner) def. Europe (Nicolas Colsaerts & Sergio Garcia) 2 and 1 |
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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
MEDINAH, Ill. – The U.S. Team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson defeated the European Team of Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia 2 and 1 on Saturday morning in Foursomes at the 39th Ryder Cup.
MATCH FLOW: The U.S. won the second hole with a birdie and never trailed in this match. That said, it was a tight one with the Americans twice owning a 2-up advantage and Europe fighting back. Colsaerts, who had made eight birdies and an eagle in Four-balls on Friday, drained a birdie putt at the 11th hole that ended up squaring the match for the first time since each team parred the first hole. Quickly, though, the Americans were back to 2 up as Europe followed with consecutive bogeys. The momentum shifted briefly when Garcia holed a chip for birdie at the 16th hole but Colsaerts found the water with his tee shot at the par-3 17th and Europe was, pardon the pun, sunk.
TIPPING POINT: While you might point to the ball Colsaerts sent to a watery grave at the 16th hole, actually the decisive stretch came at the 12th and 13th holes when Europe made bogeys to put the Americans back on top.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Americans won five holes and shot 1 over. Europe won three holes and shot 1 over.
NOTES & QUOTES: Dufner and Johnson stretched their record to 2-0 this week.
“We think the same, our mentalities are the same, I would say our games are very similar. The only thing that was different today is that Duf carried me.” — Zach Johnson …
“It’s just been a good chemistry. We were there for each other, we pull each other up when we need it, and we’re supportive when things are going well. So it’s been a good little alternate shot team, so we’re looking forward to the best ball.” — Jason Dufner …
“My partner was trying really hard, and we got back to all square, and then I started spraying it all over the place and lost a couple holes. Then we had two or three good putts to win holes, and unfortunately … it was just a little too late.” — Sergio Garcia
“In a game where I thought we would get something out of it, it’s pretty painful. It’s pretty painful; when you are in a game that you have a chance to go all the way to 18, or you get something out of it, it’s a big difference. It’s very, very painful.” — Nicolas Colsaerts