day, another hole for the Americans, who for the fifth consecutive Ryder Cup
found themselves playing from behind after the first two sessions--and it could
have been worse, considering that the U.S. won only one of the eight matches.
The first sign that the Americans might once again be headed for the ( Oakland)
hills occurred during the first match on the 1st tee, when the world's best
player, Tiger Woods, yanked his drive--with a three-wood!--into a water
Here We Go
Right off the bat, the U.S. finds itself playing catch-up
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? After Donald
holed a monster 35-footer for birdie to give his team a 2-up lead in its
foursomes match against Furyk and Woods, partner Garc�a walked in behind the
putt with his tongue hanging out--a not-too-subtle slam at Tiger's
inside-the-ropes fan, Michael Jordan (above).
? Vaughn Taylor
and captain's pick Scott Verplank were the only players who didn't tee it up on
? Henry played
better than any American in the morning, but before completing the 32 on the
back nine that allowed him and Cink to pull out a halve, Lehman had already
submitted his afternoon lineup and Henry wasn't in it.
? Three Europeans
ranked among the top 15 in the world-- Donald (ninth), Stenson (11th) and Howell
(13th)--sat out the morning four-balls.
With seven of the
matches going the distance, the 18th, a reachable 537-yard par-5, saw plenty of
drama. The hole should have been an advantage for the Americans, but they won
it only once--when Campbell and Johnson swiped a half-point from Harrington and
McGinley--lost it twice and halved it four times.