Ryder Cup 2012 Results: Highlights from Early-Morning Pairings

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Bubba Watson of the United States and Webb Simpson of the United States celebrate on the second hole during the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Ryder Cup teed off Friday morning, beginning with Europeans Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell vs. Americans Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker.

We saw some great live action this morning. In case you missed it, here's some video highlights to recap the morning.

Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell vs. Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker

McIlroy and McDowell won the first match of the tournament this morning for Europe, one-upping Furyk and Snedeker behind superb play by McIlroy as you'll see in this video:

That superb shot by McIlroy on the fourth hole tied the match 1-1, after the European pair bogied the second hole, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead.

McIlroy played well, but it was McDowell who clinched the victory for the pair, making par on the 18th hole to win the match after the Americans bogied.

Two back-to-back birdies on holes nine and 10 were the key for McIlroy and McDowell on Friday morning.

Luke Donald/Sergio Garcia vs. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley

Americans Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley beat Europeans Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, four and three in this early-morning matchup.

Mickelson's beautiful birdie putt on the 13th hole helped the Americans win the hole:

Following Mickelson's putt on 13, Bradley clinched the match for the U.S. on the 15th hole. After the Europeans parred out, Bradley sank this putt to win the match for the Americans:

Mickelson and Bradley used a string of two pars and two birdies on the final four holes to beat Donald and Garcia.

Lee Westwood/Francesco Molinari vs. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson

The pairing of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson proved to be the right combination for the U.S., as the duo won three and two against Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari.

Dufner and Johnson used four birdies to their advantage, including one on the ninth hole.

Dufner wished this one in on the ninth hole to even up the match against Westwood and Molinari on Friday morning:

And then on 16, it was Dufner again, this time clinching the match for himself and Johnson, who staged an amazing comeback to down the Europeans.

After the Westwood/Molinari combo bogied the 16th hole, Dufner knocked in this put for the win:

Ian Poulter/Justin Rose vs. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods

It was an ugly round from the start for Tiger Woods and his pairing Steve Stricker, as the Americans lost to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, two and one, thanks in large part to poor play by Woods.

From the start, Woods wasn't himself, as you can see in this video of him shanking his first tee shot on hole one.

Poulter and Rose quickly took advantage of Woods and Stricker's miscues, as evident by this birdie put by Poulter on the 14th hole that eventually led the Europeans to their big win over the U.S.

The Poulter and Rose pairing used three birdies to its advantage to down the Americans on Friday morning.

You can follow all the live action of the Ryder Cup right here on B/R.

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