The United States and Europe are all square through Friday morning’s Ryder Cup foursomes at the Medinah Country Club.
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley put the Americans on the board with a 4 & 3 win over Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia and Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson bested Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari 3 & 2. But with a chance to take an early lead, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods couldn’t catch Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, who grabbed a 2 & 1 win.
Bradley, playing in his first Ryder Cup, and Mickelson trailed by one through eight but closed with a flurry of big putts to win five of the next seven holes for the victory. Both players were fired up and after Bradley rolled in his long putt on the 15th, he gave his partner a forceful hand slap as the crowd roared.
Their chemistry was enough to convince U.S. captain Davis Love III to pair them for the afternoon session where they’ll face McIlroy and McDowell.
One day after hitting a fan with his tee shot, Woods was erratic in the tee box once again. He pulled his first drive into a barrier behind the gallery on the left side of the fairway and later in the round needed a friendly bounce off a tree to kick his drive back onto the fairway. He’ll need to rebound quickly for the afternoon session.
Afternoon four-ball pairings:
Simpson/Watson (USA) vs. Lawrie/Hanson (Europe)
Johnson/Kuchar (USA) vs. Rose/Kaymar (Europe)
Mickelson/Bradley (USA) vs. McIlroy/McDowell (Europe)
Woods/Stricker (USA) vs. Westwood/Colsaerts (Europe)