Here is your update as the morning session ends and afternoon session begins with the Americans leading 3-1:
– The match between Phil Mickelson/Anthony Kim and Padraig Harrington/Robert Karlsson was fantastic. At one point Mickelson/Kim were three holes down with six to play and ended up salvaging a half point. A birdie on No. 18 would’ve given the Americans a full point, but Kim failed to get up and out of the bunker, leaving a chip for Mickelson and a 5-foot par putt for Kim to secure the half point. All things considered, it was a good half for the Americans.
Mickelson and Kim will play together again in the afternoon, this time against Harrington and Graeme McDowell.
– Hunter Mahan/Justin Leonard rallied from an awful start to beat Henrik Stenson/Paul Casey. Mahan/Leonard started the round bogey-bogey and didn’t look very good. Then Mahan tightened things up and made some specatcular shots to eventually win 3-and-2. The win is the first in Leonard’s Ryder Cup career. These two will stay together in the afternoon and play against Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
– Chad Campbell/Stewart Cink kind of flew under the radar with all the ESPN love for Mickelson/Kim and Kenny Perry. They did however, beat Ian Poulter/Justin Rose 1-up after the Euros three-putted the 18th. The European team appeared able to capture the momentum and put this match away after leading by as much as three holes. Poulter, a captain’s pick, didn’t play particularly well. Neither did the other European captain’s pick Paul Casey for that matter. It’ll be interesting to see how Nick Faldo answers those questions.
– Hometown favorite and Rumors and Rants pariah Kenny Perry/Jim Furyk really let their match get away against Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia. Perry/Furyk had a chance to close the match out on the 16th hole then ended up having to concede a halved match on the 18th after Perry put his drive in the water. They got something out of the match, but it has to leave a bad taste in their mouths. They should’ve won. Period.
But anyway, Team America is up early as the afternoon four-ball session gets under way. GO AMERICA!