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Friday's best-ball scorecards

9/27/2002

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Scoring and wrap-ups from the morning fourball (best-ball) rounds at the 34th Ryder Cup:

FOURBALLS (EUR 3-USA 1) | FOURSOMES (USA 2½-EUR 1½)

Clarke/BjornEurope flag def. Woods/AzingerU.S. flag 1-up
Match summary: Birdies were expected. Birdies were delivered -- the Americans carded a 9-under 63 and lost. And it was Thomas Bjorn, the least-noted of the foursome, who delivered the key ones on the back nine. Bjorn won holes with birdies at 10, 12, 15, 16 and 18 to turn a 1-up American lead at the turn into a 1-up European win. The Europeans were 2-up through 16, but Tiger Woods birdied 17 to extend the match. With Paul Azinger nestled two feet from the cup, Bjorn calmly drained a 20-footer to seal the win. Darren Clarke birdied four of the first five holes to set the tone. Woods had four birdies on the front nine, but seemed to struggle with the greens, leaving a number of putts short. Azinger was steady, with the U.S. actually using his score on 10 of the 18 holes. Woods is now 3-7-1 for his Ryder Cup career, 1-4 in best-ball matches.

Garcia/WestwoodEurope flag def. Duval/LoveU.S. flag 4 and 3
Match summary: Sergio Garcia was supposed to carry the struggling Lee Westwood, but at times it was the other way around. Westwood slipped at times, spraying his first drive to the right and making four bogeys. But he had several key putts -- a 10-footer to halve the second hole and a 12-footer to win the fifth. He won the 12th hole with a birdie to give the Europeans a 2-up lead. Garcia didn't have a birdie through 12, but got his first at the 13th to give the Europeans a 3-up lead, which they closed out with a Westwood birdie two holes later. David Duval and Davis Love III, expected to be one of the Americans' strongest teams, struggled from the outset. Love made just one birdie; Duval made two. The Americans never led after the fourth hole.

Montgomerie/LangerEurope flag def. Hoch/ FurykU.S. flag 4 and 3
Match summary: Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, the most experienced team in the field, putted the lights out and eventually overwhelmed Scott Hoch and Jim Furyk. The Europeans never trailed after the first hole. Langer made a 15-footer at the sixth to put the Europeans 2-up, and Montgomerie followed with a 10-footer at No. 8 to go 3-up. Langer halved the 10th hole with a crucial 15-footer with the Americans waiting to tap-in for birdie, extinguishing what may have been the last U.S. hope. Montgomerie hit an 18-footer at the 12th hole to put the Europeans 3-up. With the Europeans eight feet away from another birdie at 15, the Americans conceded the match.

Mickelson/TomsU.S. flag def. Harrington/FasthEurope flag 1 up
Match summary: The U.S. led 3-up through 12 holes and seemed to be in control. David Toms, a Ryder Cup rookie, birdied the first two holes to give the Americans a 2-up lead early. But the Europeans rallied with a Niclas Fasth birdie at 13 and a Padraig Harrington birdie at 14 to cut the lead to 1-up. The U.S. extended its lead at the 16th with a Toms birdie, but Harrington got it back with a birdie at 17 to extend the match. Harrington had a 20-footer to halve the match on the 18th hole, but the ball lipped out. Toms putted out from 30 inches to give the Americans their lone point of the morning session.