US lead after Day 1

The Ryder Cup rarely fails to provide drama. September 19th 2008 was no exception. Very few would have predicted a three point lead for the US team going into the second day but that’s where we stand. New American heroes have emerged: Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley and Hunter Mahan may not have been household names in the world of golf before today but few will forget the extraordinary scenes provided by them and players like Mickelson and Leonard.

Some of the European players have shone also, especially Westwood, Harrington and Rose but the scoreboard doesn’t lie. The Americans have hit more good shots and have made more putts.

The bookies are now rating the US team as 1/2 favourites. Nick Faldo knows his team must close that gap on Day 2. They have the players to do so. Bring it on!

Friday Fourball scores:

Mickelson/Kim bt Harrington/McDowell by 2 holes

Stricker/Curties lost to Poulter/Rose – 4&2

Leonard/Mahan bt Garcia/Jiminez – 4&3

Holmes/Weekley vs Westwood/Hansen – match halved

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