This was the scene at the first tee when Saturday's first match teed off.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MEDINAH, Ill. – Saturday morning’s Foursomes session in the the 39th Ryder Cup a under way at Medinah County Club. Check back for updates throughout the day.
|FOLLOW SATURDAY MORNING MATCHES|
|Watson/Simpson vs. Rose/Poulter||Bradley/Simpson vs. Westwood/Donald|
|Dufner/Johnson vs. Colsaerts/Garcia||Furyk/Snedeker vs. McIlroy/McDowell|
UPDATES FROM MEDINAH (all times ET)
1:18 p.m. – The U.S. heads to the afternoon Four-balls with an 804 advantage overall. This is only the third time in the last 15 years the Americans have led through three sessions.
1:15 p.m. – The Americans avenged Friday’s alternate-shot loss with the 1-up win over McIlroy and McDowell 1 up. The world No. 1 narrowly missed a 25-footer from the back fringe that might have earned a half point at the 18th as the Northern Irishmen fell to 1-2 this week. U.S. wins: 1 up
12:52 p.m. – Rory McIlroy drains a birdie putt at the 16th hole – just Europe’s second of the match — to pull Europe back to 1 down with two holes remaining.
12:48 p.m. – Just when Europe had the momentum, Colsaerts put his tee shot in the water at the par-3 17th. The Americans found dry land and had two putts for the win. U.S. wins: 2 and 1
12:38 p.m. – Sergio Garcia chips in for birdie from the fringe at the 16th hole to cut into the U.S. lead. He and Colsaerts will head to the 17th just 1 down.
12:30 p.m. – Simpson misses a last-ditch 10-footer for birdie at the 18th hole so Rose and Poulter have their second win of the Ryder Cup – and the first European point of the morning Foursomes. Europe wins: 1 up.
12:22 p.m. – Rory McIlroy’s wedge to inches produces a conceded birdie – the first for him and Graeme McDowell in 14 holes on Saturday. But Jim Furyk answers with a birdie to halve so the Americans remain 2 up.
12:05 p.m. – The Americans, trying to turn the first match around, win the 16th hole with a bogey. Rose has a chance to halve but he misses thee 8-footer so Europe’s lead is now 1 up with two holes remaining.
11:54 a.m. – There’s been a presidential sighting — two, in fact, as George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are here at Medinah.
11:48 a.m. – A second straight bogey, this one when Colsaerts misses a short putt to halve the hole after Johnson narrowly missed a big swinging, 15-footer for birdie, gives the Americans a 2-up advantage.
11:39 a.m. – The U.S. regains a 1-up lead in the third match with a par after Garcia chips across the green and down the hill at the 12th hole on the way to bogey.
11:28 a.m. – Jim Furyk drains a 12-footer for birdie at the 11th hole to give the Americans a 2-up lead and some much needed breathing room.
11:21 a.m. – Nicolas Colsaerts, who made eight birdies and an eagle in Friday’s Foursomes, just rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the 11th hole to square that match.
11:19 a.m. – The win by Bradley and Mickelson ties for the most lop-sided victory in Ryder Cup history. Will we see them in the afternoon Four-balls? Mickelson told NBC not to be surprised if they sit since so many Americans are playing well. “We don’t want to risk two points for one,” he said.
11:12 a.m. – After a wayward drive and Bradley’s recovery, Mickelson delivers the clinching shot at the par-4 12th hole when his ball hits the green, catches the hill and rolls to within inches. Westwood leaves Europe’s 25-footer for birdie 5 feet short and when Donald misses the match is over. U.S. wins: 7 and 6
11:03 a.m. – Did you expect anything else? Poulter drains a curling 10-footer for par to win the 11th hole and go 2 up after the Americans make a mess of things with a duck-hooked drive and a chip that skids back down the hill.
10:59 a.m. – There’s a lot of red on the leaderboard but only one U.S. win appears to be a sure bet. Bradley and Mickelson are 6 up with seven holes remaining but the other two American leads are only 1 up and Europe holds the same margin in the first match. The back nine should be fun.
10:50 a.m. – Look like we could have an early finish in the day’s second match. Bradley gives Mickelson a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5 10th hole that finishes just shy for a tap-in birdie. When Donald is unable to make his from 25 feet the Americans are 6 up.
10:45 a.m. – Johnny Miller calls Monty, who had a 20-9-7 record, a “pretty good irritant” at the Ryder Cup, saying “You used to putt out of your brain.” Monty says he used to hit the ball harder when he putted because he knew he had a “partner to clean up behind me” – and that’s what he sees Bradley doing.
10:32 a.m. – A conceded par at the 10th hole puts Rose and Poulter 1 up. It’s the only blue on the leaderboard.
10:23 a.m. – Bradley holes a 5-footer for birdie at the ninth hole to send the Americans to the back nine leading 5 up. After a brief celebration with Mickelson, Bradley turns to the crowd and the cheers are raucous.
10:20 a.m. — Colin Montgomerie, one of Europe’s greatest Ryder Cuppers and its 2010 captain, has some interesting observations on NBC. While he says “I’ve got to admire what I’ve seen of Davis Love’s team.” he noted “we’ve got a marathon left” with 18 matches remaining. Monty also called Love’s decision to sit Tiger Woods this morning “brave,” saying it would give him a chance to practice and “come out a better Tiger in the afternoon.”
10:14 a.m. – Poulter squares the first match of the day when he holes an 8-footer for birdie at the ninth hole.
10:02 a.m. – Mickelson gives the Americans the edge at the par-5 seventh when he puts his approach to 15 feet as Europe, on the other hand, is bunkered in three. A 2-putt birdie gives the U.S. a commanding 4-up lead.
9:47 a.m. – European bogeys have put Bradley and Mickelson 3 up through six holes and Zach Johnson and Dufner 2 up through four holes.
9:35 a.m. – Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte tells NBC’s Jimmy Roberts that Keegan Bradley took a break from his practice session on Saturday morning and ran over to the first tee just before 8 a.m. CT. He got the crowd cheering – and his own adrenaline rush.
9:25 a.m. – After the Americans squared the match with a conceded 2-footer at the third hole, Webb Simpson hit his approach at the par-5 fifth hole on the green about 40 feet away. Europe was just short of the green in three and when Rose misses a lengthy birdie putt, the U.S. had two putts to win the hole – which it did.
9:16 a.m. – In their rematch with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk makes a 5-footer at the first hole for the early U.S. lead. McDowell earlier missed an 8-footer for birdie.
9:14 a.m. – The U.S. gets the lead in the third match when Zach Johnson put his approach at the second hole to 4 feet and Jason Dufner makes the birdie putt.
8:50 a.m. – Mickelson and Keegan Bradley are off to another hot start. Lee Westwood finds the water at the par-3 second after Mickelson puts his tee shot to 12 feet. Donald hits Europe’s third shot to 15 feet and when Westwood can’t convert, the Americans’ putt is conceded and the U.S. leads 2 up.
8:45 a.m. – Phil Mickelson sticks his approach at the first hole to inches for the first U.S. win of the day. Donald had a chance from 7 feet but he missed it.
8:30 a.m. – Looks like Poulter’s strategy worked. Rose hit his approach to 5 feet and his partner made the putt for the early Europe win.
8:20 a.m. – Ian Poulter turned the tables on the Americans, encouraging the crowd at the first tee to cheer as he hit his opening tee shot, as Watson had done on Friday afternoon. With Watson nodding his approval and chants of “U-S-A” and “Ole, ole, ole” ringing through the cool morning air, Poulter put his drive into the bunker. “They might be starting a trend,” a grinning European captain Jose Maria Olazabal later said.