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    Post 2014 Ryder Cup Thread

    Any of the golf fans on here going to be watching?

    Competition is in Gleneagles, Scotland, UK.

    Team USA appears to be big underdogs.

    Here is the team's roster:

    http://espn.go.com/golf/rydercup14/s...up-roster-golf

    Of note: Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar.

    No Tiger or Phil. Doesn't matter. GO USA!

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    Post Europe leads USA 5-3 after first day of Ryder Cup

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...lroy/16251623/

    "morning but a tough afternoon that left them trailing the Ryder Cup 5-3 to the Europeans.

    Just like in the morning, the afternoon matches started off with a European victory with Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood defeating Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar 2-up.

    Then Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose closed out Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson 2&1.

    In the most crushing match of the day for the U.S., Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker halved their match with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia despite being 2-up with three holes to play.

    The USA had a chance to end the match on No. 16 but a putt did not fall. Then on No. 17, McIlroy hit a 25-foot birdie putt to erase the lead to 1 and then he and Garcia won the 18th with a third consecutive birdie.

    "It definitely feels like a win to us," said McIlroy.

    The afternoon ended with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley losing their first match ever as partners in a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup match. The lost to Victor Dubisson and Graeme McDowell 3 & 2.

    The Europeans have won five of the past six Ryder Cups.

    The afternoon matches:

    Match 5: Jim Furyk/Matt Kuchar (U.S.) vs. Lee Westwood/Jamie Donaldson. Westwood made key putts early and often while the Americans made just one birdie on the front nine. But the patience of Furyk and Kuchar paid off as they pulled within one hole with a birdie on the 16th. But they failed to win the 17th and lost the final hole to lose 2 down.

    Match 6: Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson. Rose and Stenson remain hot from the morning with birdies on the first two holes to go 1 up early, then make it 2 up with another birdie score on the sixth. After the Americans tied things up with a birdie and a par, the two teams traded birdies on the 11th and 14th. But a par on the 15th gave Europe a 1 up lead. After both teams made birdie on the 16th, the U.S. 3-putted from 25 feet to lose the 17th and fall 2 and 1.

    Match 7: Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia. The Europeans made three birdies in the first eight holes but lost to two birdies and one bogey from the Americans. Walker, a standout so far in his Ryder Cup debut, knocked it tight on 11 and Fowler made the birdie putt to get team 1 up. Then a scrambling par got the U.S. 2 up on the next hole. After Fowler hit a great shot at 16, Walker just missed ending the match when his birdie putt slid by. McIlroy extended the match on the next hole with a stunning birdie from long range. And Europe pulled out a half point on the final hole when Garcia ripped a second shot out of dense rough onto the green that gave them a birdie to tie the match.

    Match 8: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Graeme McDowell/Victor Dubuisson. Mickelson and Bradley came out flat while McDowell and Dubuisson didn't make a mistake and converted key putts to grab a big early lead. But with a birdie and a par around the turn, Mickelson and Bradley got to 1 down. But Dubuisson made a short par putt on the 10th to extend lead to 2 up. The teams trading winning pars before Europe closed out a 3-and-2 win at the 16th hole with a birdie.

    Saturday's matches will also be fourball (best ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) and then Sunday will be 12 singles matches.

    In the morning, Europe got off to a flying start. But the U.S. came flying late thanks to their three rookies.

    Led by the composed rookie tandem of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the youngest pairing in U.S. Ryder Cup history, the Americans took a 2-1 lead after the Friday morning session of four-balls.

    "It is not how you drive, it is how you arrive," said USA Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

    With the temperature straining to get into the 50s and the winds whipping flags stationed all around the Centenary Course making it feel like 45 degrees the U.S. pulled out points in the final three matches as it tries to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

    "This whole early morning was pretty much an ebb from the United States' standpoint and then we got some flow," U.S. captain Tom Watson said. "Fortunately, we're a couple paces ahead right now, but this is a marathon.

    "Until the last match on Sunday, it will be probably very close."

    Spieth and Reed toppled seemingly invincible Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher, 5 and 4, to put the first point on the board for the U.S. Jimmy Walker, making his Ryder Cup debut, teamed with Rickie Fowler to gain a half point against Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn.

    Walker made eagle out of a bunker on the ninth hole, chipped in for birdie on the 16th and made a 6-footer for birdie on the last. The birdie on the 18th was the only time the Americans got to all-square in the match since standing on the first tee.

    "We kept giving ourselves good looks at it," Walker said. "We were in good shape. It turned out half a point is what we got. Pretty fun day."


    USATODAY
    Ryder Cup prediction: expect U.S. rookies to feel heat
    And Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley came from behind to defeat world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, 1 up. Mickelson and Bradley are now 4-0 as a team, and beating McIlroy provided a psychological lift for the U.S.

    "Well, we didn't have our best stuff there," Mickelson said. "You saw it on the back nine, it was tough conditions, but we gave a few holes away, and we were able to keep the match close. The eagle that Keegan made on 16 was just huge because it gave us a huge momentum boost coming down the stretch. Even though we fought it for a few holes, we were able to hang in there until it turned and those shots that Keegan hit on 16 were just stupendous."

    The U.S. also got a huge lift from Spieth and Reed, who are a combined 45 years of age, or 20 years younger than U.S. captain Tom Watson. But they played like veterans in taking down Poulter and Gallacher.

    Poulter, who lost for the first time in eight matches, and Gallacher, a local hero who loves just 35 miles from the course, made only one birdie between them. Meanwhile, Reed made four birdies and Spieth two as they led from the first hole onward.

    "We kind of convinced the captain that we were a great best-ball team. That was our strong format," Spieth said. "We played extremely well in alternate shot as well. It means a lot that he has that trust in us.

    " It was very quiet around or group today. It was a goal we had to achieve. It was nice to have a partner that was making everything he looks at."

    Spieth and Reed, however, were benched for the afternoon foursomes matches.

    Watson sent out the teams of Matt Kuchar/Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan/Zach Johnson. The four will play for the first time and will face Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood and Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, respectively.

    Fowler and Walker will face McIlroy and Garcia in the third match while Bradley and Mickelson will face Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson in the anchor match.

    "I'm so proud of them," Watson said. "They were very upset with me for not playing them this afternoon. I said, 'I know you're going to be mad at me, but you'll be playing tomorrow for sure.'"

    Europe put the first point on the board as Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson trounced Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in the first match.

    Simpson popped up his tee shot on the first hole and Watson missed the fairway on the left and things got worse for the Americans, who didn't make a single birdie in four-balls. Meanwhile, Rose made three and Stenson two in the rout.

    "You've got to make birdies. Neither one of us making birdie was tough," Simpson said. "We got off to a rough start. It's disappointing. It seemed like our games were there, we just never made any putts. Justin made a few putts; Henrik made a few good birdies and they were a good team today."


    USATODAY
    A look at Sergio Garcia's amazing bunker shot
    The morning matches:

    Match 1: Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (U.S.) vs. Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson. The Americans were off from the beginning Simpson popped up his tee shot on the first and Watson missed the fairway on the left. A birdie from Stenson on the second and a birdie from Rose on the fourth put Europe up early. Stenson added to margin with birdie on nine. Watson/Simpson were 3 over on front nine. On the 10th Rose made it 4 up with a birdie from 40 feet and he closed out the match, 5 and 4, with a birdie on the 14th. Watson and Simpson did not make a single birdie.

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    Match 2: Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (U.S.) vs. Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer. With Kaymer's conceded birdie from 3 feet on the first and Bjorn's birdie on the second Europe jumped out early. Then the two went 3 up when Kaymer made a birdie from 18 feet on the fourth. But a Fowler birdie on the fifth and an eagle from Walker on the seventh pulled the U.S. to 1 down. Bjorn chipped in on the 13th to put Europe 2 up. Then Walker chipped in on 16 to cut the lead in half again. On the final hole, Walker knocked in a 6-footer for birdie to gain a half-point.

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    Match 3: Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Stephen Gallacher/Ian Poulter. Spieth and Reed, the youngest pairing in history, didn't play like rookies. A bogey on the first hole put Europe behind early and a miss from 4 feet on the fourth from Spieth kept Europe just 1 down. Then the Americans got going. Reed put U.S. 2 up with a long birdie putt on the sixth, Spieth made it 3 up with birdie on seventh. Reed put the U.S. 4 up from short distance on the ninth and Spieth made it 5 up from 12 feet on the 10th. Reed made it 6 up from 15 feet on the 11th. Europe needed 12 holes to win its first hole and it was with a par.

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    Match 4: Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia. The fireworks began early as McIlroy knocked in a 15-footer to draw a half after Mickelson stuffed his approach on the first hole to 3 feet. Garcia then holed an incredibly difficult bunker shot for birdie on the fourth to put Europe 1 up. Bradley's par on the seventh got it back all-square. Then a birdie from Mickelson on the ninth and one from Bradley on the 10th made it 2 up. A par from Garcia on the 11th cut the lead in half. A missed short putt for par from Bradley on the 13th squared the match. A hole later, Bradley and Garcia traded birdies to keep the match all-square. But Mickelson missed from short distance to give Europe a 1 up lead with three to play. But Bradley made an eagle from less than 10 feet on the 16th the square the match. On the final hole, McIlroy and Garcia struggled to make par while Mickelson rolled in the winning putt from 2 feet."

    Correction to my above post: Phil is participating.

    In sum - Europe leads USA 5-3 after the first day.

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    Re: 2014 Ryder Cup Thread

    putting for the US was freaking terrible today

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    Post Re: 2014 Ryder Cup Thread

    Europe leads the US 6.5 to 5.5. The matches are airing on NBC live right now.

    GO USA!!!

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    Post Re: 2014 Ryder Cup Thread

    After Day Two, Europe leads the USA, 10-6. Tomorrow are the singles matches. The United States needs 14.5 points to win the Cup, meaning it has to take 8.5 of 12 points. That's an awful tall order considering they way today went. The putting wasn't too great today, either. I call it long odds. History suggests a comeback is possible (because it's happened before).

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-d...201002540.html

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