U.S. (Webb Simpson & Bubba Watson) def. Europe (Paul Lawrie & Peter Hanson) 5 and 4
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MATCH FLOW: The Americans were completely in control in this one. Webb Simpson set the tone for the day when he made a 4-footer for birdie on the first hole, one of 10 birdies for the U.S. in the match, evenly divided among each player. They won the second with a par and the third with another Simpson birdie and never looked back. Bubba Watson made three straight birdies starting at the sixth hole to give the Americans a 6-up advantage and it was only a matter of time.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Americans won seven holes and shot 10 under. The Europeans won one hole and shot 5 under as a team.
TIPPING POINT: Not to be flip, but could we say the first tee? The Americans were dominant from the outset, winning the first two holes and six of the first eight.
NOTES & QUOTES: This match featured three major champions. Watson and Simpson won theirs this year at the Masters and the U.S. Open, respectively. Lawrie won the 1999 British Open. …
Lawrie was playing in his first Ryder Cup match in 13 years.
“The train left on the front nine .. Me and Paul, we didn’t play good enough to jump on the train – 6 down after 10, that was kind of hard.” – Peter Hanson
“Since my dad has been gone, I’ve played some good golf, I’ve won a major, got a son, now I’m in the Ryder Cup again.Just playing with a buddy that can keep me cool, know he’s going to play really good. For me, I just needed to be in there when he was what we call struggling, making pars, so it was fun. But obviously what this means to me and the United States flag and my dad not being here, it’s just wild.” – Bubba Watson