Ryder Cup Match 5: Watson/Simpson defeat Lawrie/Hanson

Davis Love may want to write this pairing in pen for Saturday, because the way Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson are playing, you'd be crazy to split them apart.

The American duo laid into the European pairing of Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson from the get-go, winning seven of the first nine holes with birdies -- the pair finished the day 10-under through 14 holes -- to all but end the match before the teams made the turn.

Watson and Simpson's 7-under front nine was the lowest four-ball nine-hole score in the history of the Ryder Cup and set the stage for a 5 and 4 drubbing that gave the Stars and Stripes a one-point lead early on in the afternoon session.

When Davis Love III decided to tweak Medinah and shorten the rough, he no doubt had Bubba Watson's game in mind. With rough that was nearly non-existent, Watson bombed and gouged his way around Medinah and looked to be in complete control of his game.

Watson and Simpson started the day with roars on the first tee and kept the crowd in the match the entire afternoon with the most complete performance we've seen from any pairing at the 39th Ryder Cup.

If you're keeping track at home, the American duo has now won four of their last five team matches together and appear to be in top form once again. After Friday's demolition, Europe should be very afraid.

Current score after the morning's matches: USA 3, Europe 2.

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