The first round of foursomes matches are finished at the 2012 Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club. After an inspired start from the Americans that featured a "DUF-NER!" chant on the opening hole for favorite Jason Dufner, the United States team has to feel pretty good about splitting the first slate of action with the Europeans.
The Americans got on the board first as Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson used some poor puts by Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia to storm back from a deficit to clinch their first point of this year's tournament.
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were a disappointment in their debut, losing 2 & 1 to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. The American duo will again hit the course for the four ball action this afternoon.
But the big duo of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell came through big when it counted most, holding off Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker to even the overall score at 1 with two pairs still on the course, but a Lee Westwood missed par gave the Americans another point with the Jason Dufner putt on the 16th.
Here's a look at each of the foursomes matchups, including the final scores from this morning's action in foursome play.
For a look at the expanded standings and up-to-the-minute results from the 2012 Ryder Cup, check in here, and for a live look at the tournament, be sure to check in with RyderCup.com for all the latest action.
|United States Pairing||Current Results||European Pairing|
EUR WINS 1-UP ||McIlroy/McDowell|
US WINS 4 & 3 ||Donald/Garcia|
US WINS 3 & 2 ||Westwood/Molinari|
EUR WINS 2 & 1 ||Poulter/Rose|
United States 2.0 , Europe 2.0
Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari weren't able to take out rookie Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, which has to be a big loss for the Europeans, who fully expected Westwood to take care of business against the less experienced Americans.
Dufner, the crowd favorite and Ryder Cup rookie, made some huge putts for the American team, and Zach Johnson came up big with the irons to knock of their European counterparts.
In the marquee matchup, recent FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk against McIlroy and McDowell, the Americans jumped out to an early 1-up lead after the first two holes, but the Europeans then stormed back, birdieing 6-of-7 holes and taking a commanding 3-up lead after 10 as they pushed down the back nine.
However, Furyk and Snedeker did some storming of their own, and after cutting the deficit to all square with the Snedeker birdie, they were in striking distance on 18. But Snedeker's tee shot fell well wide of the fairway, forcing a difficult Furyk approach and allowing the European team to sneak in and even the score.
The surprise of the afternoon was the dominance of Bradley and Mickelson, or otherwise some makeable puts that were missed by Donald and Garcia.
And in Tiger news, Woods was unable to keep a late push alive and beat Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. Woods and his partner Steve Stricker head back out for the four ball tournament this afternoon, and look to turn their fortunes around after a very disappointing opening round.
Keep checking in with Bleacher Report for all the up-to-date standings from this opening action of play, including updates on the total score and these crucial four ball matches.