The Rout Is On
Rookies help Europeans stretch their big lead
Stung by an overnight "ass chewing" from Hal Sutton and the benching of Phil Mickelson, the U.S. launched a Brookline-style counteroffensive, but by day's end the European lead had reached historic proportions and the home team looked like paper tigers.
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Two down after 10 holes to Europe's rookies Paul Casey and David Howell, the U.S.'s Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk rallied to go one up with two to play. As the Americans were counting their 31/2to-1/2 comeback eggs, Howell hit one to six feet and birdied 17 to square the match. Then Casey took over, reaching the 18th green in two and lagging to three feet for a clutch par, which neither Furyk nor Campbell could match. The lost point thwarted the U.S. surge, silenced the crowd and augured a difficult p.m. for the home team.
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