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Europe rises early to dominate Day 1

Updated: September 17, 2004, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Hal Sutton wanted his best two players to set the tone for the Ryder Cup. Did they ever.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson got hammered in the morning and blew it in the afternoon, and the rest of the Americans followed suit Friday as Europe matched the largest first-day lead in Ryder Cup history.

This might have been the quietest day at a Ryder Cup, as most of the 38,000 fans sat in stunned silence watching Colin Montgomerie & Co. build a 6-1 lead ...

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