Ryder Cup 2010 Live Blog: Day 2/3 Matchups, Scores and Results at Celtic Manor
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After a second bout of rain swept through the Celtic Manor Golf Course of the 38th Annual Ryder Cup, the European Team has played unflappable and unstoppable golf. Though the US Team began the day with the lead, the Euro's shined in the six fourball matches and ultimately took the lead, 9 and a half to 6 and a half.
The rain may have subsided, but clearly a dark, ominous cloud hangs over the Americans, who appear to have forgotten how to compete with the best in the world. If they don't regain their memory soon, it may cost them the Ryder Cup and continue the abominable streak of losing on foreign soil since 1993.
Thank you for tuning in to the Bleacher Report's Live Blog of the 38th Ryder Cup in Newport, Wales, at the Celtic Manor Resort. It was a day of multiple momentum shifts and surges of adrenaline that ultimately favored the Europeans. But, the Americans knew coming in that they were the underdog and may just prove they can be the come from behind winner with a compelling final.
Thanks again and don't forget to watch tomorrow, October 4, from 4-11 AM ET on USA.
Highlights of the day:
Jeff Overton hit the textbook wedge shot a few feet passed the cup and watched it spin back into the cup, as if on command.
Rickie Fowler reached the greenside bunker at the par 5 11th in two and struck an absolutely miraculous shot out of the bunker that rolled into the hole for an eagle and totally shifted the momentum.
Ross Fisher put on a putting clinic, exhibiting brilliant touch on the greens at Celtic Manor.
Rory McIlroy, in his first Ryder Cup appearance, rose to the occasion and slammed in a 15 foot putt, loaded with extreme left to right break to clinch the victory over Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson.
The US team needs seven and a half points of the 12 to win the Ryder Cup in tomorrow single's matches.
Unlikely or feasible?
The Americans can absolutely pull off this kind of comeback, but they need their big guys who are the veterans -- Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk -- to lead by example. Younger players like Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler also need to pick up the slack and hone in on what it will take for them to play their best, most consistent golf tomorrow.
9:56 AM PCT
Remarkable performance by the European team. In the third session they earned all, but half, of the points, and now own a substantial lead going into the final day of the Ryder Cup.
Francesco Molinari's birdie putt at the last hole precipitated almost unrivaled momentum in this event, which will surely boost the rest of the team.
9:51 AM PCT
Francesco sinks the short birdie putt and halves the final hole, leaving the scoreboard in favor of the Euro's-- 9 and a half for the Europeans to 6 and a half for the Americans.
9:48 AM PCT
Francesco Molinari strikes a picture-perfect wedge shot to eight feet past the hole and watches it slowly spin toward the cup as throngs of fans surrounding the 18th break into an uproar of excitement.
Stewart Cink had a terrible drive that cost him the hole, putting the pressure entirely on partner Matt Kuchar, who has reached the green in three. The Americans have a one shot lead, but Kuchar can steal it all away if he can just make this birdie putt.
Kuchar gives it enough speed, but doesn't play enough break and settles for par.
9:42 AM PCT
Phil Mickelson--snake bit, bad luck, or just choking?
Along with partner Rickie Fowler, Mickelson adds another depressing loss, his 17th match loss, to his already disastrous record in the Ryder Cup.
10-17-6 for the No.2 golfer in the world. No rhyme or reason.
9:39 AM PCT
Corey Pavin seems a bit too calm after giving a short interview about his sentiments towards today's matches and tomorrow's chances. His optimism regarding his Americans' performance sounds genuine, but unwarranted.
The Americans have played inconsistent golf today, except for Kuchar and Cink. He needs to be as inspirational as possible and invoke a sense of collective effort among the American team if they want to have a chance at hoisting the Ryder Cup.
9:35 AM PCT
Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson had no choice but to win the par 3 17th or they will be forced out of the match and give another point to the Euro's. However, both Americans missed the green, while their opponents, Poulter and Kaymer, have found real estate on the green.
Losing this match for the Americans would give the Euro's their fourth point of the day, adding to their current 8-6 lead.
9:31 AM PCT
Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson fail to birdie the 18th and Peter Hansen and Miguel Jimenez earn the 8th point for the Europeans.
9:26 AM PCT
Jeff Overton, Bubba Watson and Peter Hansen have found the green on the par 5 18th in three shots, but none are close to the pin.
Miguel Jimenez, however, just hit a precise, well-executed wedge shot to six feet, leaving a perfect opportunity for birdie.
9:20 AM PCT
Hansen and Jimenez lead by one shot over Overton and Watson as they approach their shots in the fairway.
Ian Poulter on the 17th hit his second into the greenside bunker, but astonishingly chunked his shot in the bunker and will have to play his fourth from the bunker as well.
9:11 AM PCT
Both Molinari brothers fail to convert their par putts to halve the hole and Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar regain the one shot lead over the Euro's.
9:07 AM PCT
Europe has added three points today while the Americans are stuck at 6. If the Americans left on the course don't produce some of their best shots in the few holes they have left, they may watch the Europeans take all six points from session 3.
9:04 AM PCT
Ian Poulter has a chance to win the hole and give the Europeans a two-shot advantage if he can sink this slight-breaking right to left putt.
And he makes it and is invigorated, yelling to the audience in total ecstasy.
9:01 AM PCT
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are one shot back of Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer, but they are all making a mess of the par-4 15th. Mickelson has a six-footer for par, and Poulter a five-footer, while Kaymer and Fowler have lost this hole due to poor execution.
Mickelson misses the putt for par, adding to a dreadful streak of inconsistency.
8:52 AM PCT
Miguel Jimenez drains his birdie putt on the 16th hole and the enormous European crowds go nuts! Jeff Overton's putt comes up just short and the the Euro's take the lead.
Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are also a shot behind Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer, adding a second European flag to the scoreboard.
8:48 AM PCT
Ross Fisher drains the putt to clinch the victory over Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk and the European's officially take the lead of the Ryder Cup, 7-6.
Jeff Overton continues to power through his match. He just struck a sky-high 6-iron from 187-yards on the 16th hole that landed about 12-feet from the cup, providing a viable birdie opportunity.
8:37 AM PCT
The Europeans have won two matches today and have tied the overall score at 6-6.
Lee Westwood and Luke Donald routed Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, handing them a six-stroke beating for the most substantial loss of Woods' career.
Then the Northern-Irish team of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell battered through the American team of Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson, winning by two shots.
8:29 AM PCT
Peter Hanson sinks his birdie putt on what initially looked like he'd be lucky to get out of the 15th hole with a bogey. He concedes the Americans' birdie putt and the match continues all-square.
What could have been a huge momentum push for the Americans is equalized by Hanson's incredible effort.
8:20 AM PCT
Peter Hanson just hit an unbelievable shot from severely thick rough, 15 feet below the green, meaning he probably couldn't even see the top of the flagstick of the 15th hole. Somehow he punched his ball high enough, and soft enough, to land within three feet of the cup.
8:17 AM PCT
So what's going on in here? Has the European dominance that clobbered American confidence throughout the beginning of Session 3 subsided?
Americans are finally giving their fans something to cheer about, continuing to hit shots close and limiting their mistakes in the most crucial situations.
8:15 AM PCT
Give credit to Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton, who've shifted the momentum for the Americans with consistently stellar play and now all-square in their match against Europeans Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Both Americans clinched the advantage on the par 4 377-yard 15th hole after excellent tee-shots that found the green. Watson hit one of the most incredible shots of the day and will have an eagle putt inside 15 feet.
8:06 AM PCT
Huge Swing: Two matches now all-square for the Americans and Kuchar and Cink are still up by one.
Mickelson gets a surge of confidence after he drains an up-hill birdie to win the 12th hole against Poulter and Kaymer.
8:03 AM PCT
There's been a palpable shift in the mood at the Ryder Cup because the US has clawed back.
Whereas the Europeans led a variety of matches by three and four shots for the majority of the third session, the Americans are now leading one, one behind in two, and just two back in its other match. If the US can win just one more match and maybe leave another all-square it'd be a significant gamechanger.
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