Ryder Cup Friday Four-ball matches

Originally Published: September 17, 2004

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The 35th Ryder Cup Matches begin with Friday morning Four-ball matches. These are essentially best-ball competitions, with each golfer playing his own ball and the lowest score counting as the team's total on each hole.

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Europe wins 2 and 1
So much for Hal Sutton's dream pairing. The duo of Tiger and Phil which, according to Sutton, he knew two years ago would be a pairing, never took a lead in this match. Monty made a terrific up-and-down from a fairway bunker for birdie on the 1st hole, and the U.S. players were left digging their way out of a hole throughout the entire match. On Thursday, Sutton commented that Woods and Mickelson could shoot a combined 58 in Four-ball; instead, they shot a 61 -- for only 17 holes. Monty ran his stellar Ryder Cup record to 17-7-5 in his seventh career Ryder Cup.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 T
EUR 1u 1u 2u 2u 1u 2u 1u 2u 1u 1u 1u 2u 2u 3u 3u 2u 2u 2&1

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Europe wins 5 and 4
Maybe Love and Campbell should have slept in. The duo never won a hole and neither player made a birdie until the 12th hole when the match was all but over. The cigar-smoking Euro duo was smoking on the greens, too. Clarke and Jimenez shot a combined 5 under for the match, which was never in doubt.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 T
EUR AS 1u 1u 2u 3u 3u 3u 3u 4u 4u 5u 5u 5u 5u 5&4

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Match is halved
These twosomes were feeling each other out, each making pars on the opening five holes before McGinley drained a birdie putt on 6 to take a 1-up lead. On 7, McGinley and Cink traded lengthy birdie putts to halve the hole, but Riley knocked his 194-yard approach to within inches on 8 to win the hole. On 16, Cink made birdie to even the match after McGinley made a birdie of his own two holes earlier. It all came down to a knee-knocking putt for Ryder Cup rookie Riley on the 18th hole and he drained the 8-footer to clinch the first half-point of the day for the U.S. team.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 T

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Europe wins 5 & 3
Garcia drained a long birdie putt to win the 1st hole, and it was all downhill from there for Toms and Furyk. Westwood made birdie putts on the 2nd and 4th and Garcia made one at 9 to go 4-up, putting this one out of reach early on. This European pairing has been successful before, gaining three points in four matches together at The Belfry in 2002.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 T
EUR 1u 2u 2u 3u 3u 3u 3u 3u 4u 4u 3u 4u 5u 4u 4u 5&3