Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley won their first match Friday in dominating fashion.
|U.S. (Keegan Bradley & Phil Mickelson) def. Europe (Luke Donald & Sergio Garcia), 4 and 3
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MEDINAH, Ill. – The U.S. team of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeated Europe’s Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia 4 and 3 in Friday morning’s foursomes match in the Ryder Cup.
MATCH FLOW: Mickelson and Bradley held the early advantage, winning the second hole with a birdie. Donald and Garcia squared things at the par-5 fifth and held the lead for three holes before the momentum turned in favor of the United States team. Bradley makes an 8-footer for birdie at the ninth hole to square the match, and it stays that way for two more holes before the Americans begin to steamroll the Europeans — winning four straight holes.
BY THE NUMBERS: The U.S. team won six holes and shot a combined 4 under par. The European team won two holes and shot a combined even par.
TIPPING POINTS: Bradley’s putt at the ninth hole. He was clutch on the back nine, including the one he drained from 30 feet for the win at No. 15.
NOTES & QUOTES: This is the first time Mickelson, who is playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, has won two matches in the same day.
“He played some of the best golf and to be his partner was an awesome experience. I love, love playing with this man. He’s just so fun, loves the game and plays with such excitement and man, can he roll the rock.” — Phil Mickelson on Keegan Bradley. …
“I feel so comfortable out here with Phil because I know wherever I hit it, he’s going to be able to get it up and down or close for me. It was one of the most memorable days of my life so far.” — Keegan Bradley …
“We played solid. They just played a little better. Obviously only really gave them one hole on 12, and otherwise they made some great birdies. Making birdie, the 2 on 13; they played solidly and we just didn’t quite make enough putts.” – Luke Donald …
“It’s quite simple. I think that obviously we didn’t play as good as we can, and Keegan and Phil ‑‑ more than anything, Keegan played very nicely. He holed a lot of good putts.” – Sergio Garcia
“What I’m most disappointed about is that I didn’t get a point or at least half a point for my team. I’ve told you over and over again, if you want to talk about records, you probably need to ask the other team. The only record we care about is the team record.” – Sergio Garcia
Both Donald and Garcia lost for the first time in Foursomes competition in which they have been paired, and for the first time overall in Foursomes. They are now 4-1-0 in Foursomes matches in which they have played together, while Donald is now 6-1-0 in Foursomes matches and Garcia is now 8-1-1 in Foursomes matches. …
Mickelson won for the first time in the first session of matches since 2002, when he teamed with David Toms to beat Padraig Harrington and Niclas Fasth, in Four-Balls.
- Sergio Garcia
- Keegan Bradley
- Luke Donald