Europe pr oduce a stir­ring fight back

Win three and halve one of their four­somes ties to lead 5­3 against U.S.

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GLE­NEA­GLES — Europe pro­duced a stir­ring fight back t o win thr ee and halve one of their R yder C up f our­somes mat ches ag ainst the U nited States and take a 5­3 lead after a typ­i­cally tense, fluc­tu­at­ing and hugely en­ter­tain­ing fir st da y y es­ter­day.

Lee West­wood, play­ing his ninth Ry­der Cup, and rookie Jamie Donaldson played some of the best golf of the day to beat J im F uryk and M att K uchar 2­up in the alt er­nate shot f or­mat.

Justin Rose and Hen­rik Sten­son got their sec­ond point with an im­pres­sive two­up vict ory o ver Hunt er M ahan and Zach John­son hav­ing ear­lier ham­mered B ubba W at­son and W ebb Simp­son 5 & 4 .

Vic­tor Dubuis son, another debu­tant, and Graeme McDow­ell were too strong for Phil Mick­el­son and Kee­gan Bradley, who had beaten world num­bers one and thr ee Rory McIlroy and Ser­gio Gar­cia on the las t hole in the four­balls.

Europe’s s trongest­look­ing t eam were off the p ace al­mos t all da y, but fin­ished with t wo bril­liant bir dies on 17 and 18 to sal­vage a half against rookie Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, who them­selves came fr om three­down to halve with Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer in the morn­ing .

The U.S, seek­ing a first win on for­eign soil sinc e 1 993, had t aken the morn­ing f our­balls 2½ point s t o 1½ after the gust­ing con­di­tions left many play­ers s trug­gling.

That group did not in­clude Amer­i­can rookie duo Pa­trick Reed and Jor­dan Spi­eth, h ow­ever, a s t hey si­lenced the usu­ally ebullient Ian Poul­ter and Scot­tish new boy Stephen Gal­lacher with a crush­ing 5 & 4 win.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Europe ended the da y t wo point s ahead of the Americans with t oday’s four­balls and four­somes to come be­fore to­mor­row’s 12 sin­gle s mat ches. — R euters. RE­SULTS fr om y es­ter­day’s open­ing four­balls and four­some matches at the 40th Ry der Cup: Europe 5 — Unit ed S tates 3 Four­somes Jamie Donal dson/Lee W est­wood (Europe) bt Jim F uryk/Matt K uchar (USA) 2­up Justin R ose/Hen­rik S ten­son (Eur ope) bt Hunter Ma­han/Zach John­son (USA) 2 and 1 Rory McIlr oy/Ser­gio Gar cia (Eur ope) halved with Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler (US A) Vic­tor Dubuiss on/Graeme McDo well (Europe) bt Phil Mick el­son/Kee­gan Bradley (US A) 3 and 2 Europe 4½ Unit ed S tates ½ Four­balls Justin R ose/Hen­rik S ten­son (Eur ope) bt Bubb a W at­son/Webb Simp son (USA) 5 and 4 Jor­dan S pi­eth/Pa­trick R eed (US A) bt Stephen Gall acher/Ian P oul­ter (Europe) 5 and 4 Thomas Bjorn/Martin K aymer (Europe) halved with Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (US A) Kee­gan Br adley/Phil Mick el­son (US A) bt Ser­gio Gar­cia/Rory McIlroy (Europe) 1­up Europe 1½ Unit ed S tates 2½.

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Phil Mick el­son o f the Unit ed S tates t ees o ff on the 1 4th hol e dur­ing the A fter­noon F our­somes o f the 201 4 Ry der Cup on the PG A C en­te­nary c ourse at the Gl enea­gles Ho tel y es­ter­day.

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