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The Tour Report

September 28 2012

2:21 PM

Match 4 recap: Europe wins 2 and 1

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Englishmen Ian Poulter and Justin Rose provided the Europeans with a 2 and 1 win.
Europe (Ian Poulter & Justin Rose) def. U.S. (Tiger Woods & Steve Stricker), 2 and 1
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MORE MATCH RECAPS: McIlroy-McDowell def. Furyk-Snedeker, 1 up | Mickelson-Bradley def. Donald-Garcia, 4 and 3 | Dufner-Johnson def. Molinari-Westwood, 3 and 2 | Poulter-Rose def. Woods-Stricker, 2 and 1 | Four-ball -- Watson-Simpson def. Lawrie-Hanson, 5 and 4 | Mickelson-Bradley def. McIlroy-McDowell, 2 and 1 | Johnson-Kuchar def. Rose-Kaymer, 3 and 2 | Westwood-Colsaerts def. Woods-Stricker, 1 up

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

MEDINAH, Ill. The European Team of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose defeated America’s Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in Friday morning’s foursomes match in the Ryder Cup.

MATCH FLOW: This was a much closer match than might have been expected given the way the Americans had to scramble. Tiger Woods had a dismal day off the tee and even flubbed a chip shot. The Europeans, meanwhile, hung tough all day as Ian Poulter got his first win against the former world No. 1 in three attempts.  Europe took control early with a win at the second hole after Steve Stricker found the water. The Americans squared the match with a par at the third but Justin Rose answered with a 40-footer for birdie at the next and Europe never trailed again. A U.S. bogey at No. 6 gave Europe a 2-up edge but Stricker made a 3-footer for birdie at the next and the match remained 1 up until No. 11 when Poulter holed a bunker shot for birdie. A par at No. 12 then put Europe 3 up. The Americans get one back at the 13th with a par but Poulter made birdie on No. 15 to return to 3 up. The Americans won the 15th with a birdie but halved the next two with pars. The morning session ended in a 2-2 tie for the first time since 1997.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Americans won four holes and shot 3 over as a team. The Europeans won six holes and shot 1 under.

TIPPING POINT: The bunker shot the emotional Poulter holes at the 11th hole fuels the fire for the Europeans.

NOTES & QUOTES: “This for me was a tough game; it was  tough go for both of us. Tiger has had two of my three defeats and I never wanted to have another one. So it was going to be a tough day. But as Justin said, I've got his back and he's got mine. He asks me to hole a putt, I'm going to go and deliver.” -- Ian Poulter …

When paired together, Poulter and Rose are now 3-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in Foursomes. Poulter is now 3-1-0 lifetime in Foursomes play. …

Stricker/Woods are now 1-2-0 in Foursomes.