The Europeans, building on a great comeback by the team of Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam, shut out the Americans in the afternoon matches in Dublin, Ohio, and took a four-point lead after the opening Ryder Cup matches yesterday.

The Europeans, who broke a 28-year victory drought by winning the Ryder Cup in 1985, won all four of the afternoon four-ball matches to establish a 6-2 advantage in the biennial golf matches that, for decades, were dominated by Americans.

The hosts led handily when three of the four morning foursome matches -- in which a two-man team plays alternate shots on the same ball -- reached the turn.

But Faldo, the British Open champion from England, and Woosnam, from Wales, came back from four holes down with nine to play, winning six of the last nine holes to stun Lanny Wadkins and Larry Mize, 2-up.

"We just clawed our way back," Faldo said.

That helped salvage a 2-2 split in the morning matches and swung the momentum to the European side. They made the most of it, winning all the afternoon matches.

In the afternoon fourballs, in which scoring is based on the best ball of each two-man team, the eight American players completed 42 holes before scoring their first birdie, a two-putt 4 by Mark Calcavecchia.

Gordon Brand Jr. of Scotland and Jose Rivero of Spain beat bitterly frustrated Ben Crenshaw and Scott Simpson, 3 and 2, when Simpson missed a three-foot putt on the 16th that would have extended the match.

Woosnam and Faldo scored their second victory of the day, 2 and 1, over Hal Sutton and Dan Pohl, with Woosnam bouncing a second shot off a tree on the way to an eagle-3 on the 11th.

Seve Ballesteros and 21-year-old Jose-Maria Olazabal, both of Spain, also had a pair of victories.

In morning foursome matches, Kite and Strange didn't lose a hole in a 4 and 2 decision over Sam Torrance of Scotland and Howard Clark of England. Sutton and Pohl beat Ken Brown of Scotland and Langer, 2 and 1, and Ballesteros and Olazabal turned back Larry Nelson and Payne Stewart, 1-up.

PGA: Canadian Dan Halldorson, fighting back from a crippling rib injury, shot his second consecutive 66 to grab the second-round lead in the $400,000 Southwest Golf Classic.

Halldorson is 12 under, and has a two-stroke lead over Frank Conner and first-round leader Bob Eastwood.

LPGA: Michelle Berteotti holed out a 3-iron from 185 yards for an eagle on the way to a 4-under-par 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $300,000 San Jose Classic.

At 69 was a group including Ayako Okamoto, Patty Sheehan, Jan Stephenson, Patty Rizzo, Cindy Figg-Currier and LeAnn Cassady, who set a course record with a 30 on the front nine.

PGA Seniors: Miller Barber finished with a 5-under-par 67 and a two-stroke lead over Bruce Crampton after one round of the $200,000 Newport Cup in Portsmouth, R.I.