Europe pr oduce a stirring fight back
Win three and halve one of their foursomes ties to lead 53 against U.S.
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.
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.