Ryder Cup: Early Day 2 News – Woods Stood Down


Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

Tiger Woods (pictured) was stood down for the first time in his Ryder Cup career and didn’t play in the foursomes on Saturday morning. Even without the former number one on the course the United States look like extending their lead. The momentum for the home side from yesterday afternoon continued in the early stages on Saturday as the Americans holed more crucial putts.

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson scored a maximum of two points on the first day. This partnership clearly works and Mickelson now seems to have found a suitable partner. He was famously sent out with Woods in 2004 which wasn’t a success but he clearly feels at ease in the company of Bradley.

Lee Westwood has scored more Ryder Cup points than any other player competing this week. He is paired with Luke Donald against Bradley and Mickelson but after just five holes the Europeans were already two down. Donald has a fine record in foursomes but he and his partner will find it difficult to turn things around against the in form Americans.

There were six birdies early on Saturday morning and Americans recorded five of those. After just over on hour’s play the States led in all four matches. Leading 5-3 overnight the home side will have a commanding lead ahead of the singles on Sunday if they continue to hole the significant putts.

Nicolas Colsaerts had eight birdies and an eagle on his Ryder Cup debut yesterday. Paired with Sergio Garcia today he was two down to Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson after just four holes. The Ryder Cup could all but be decided if the Americans continue to play so well and the Europeans will need to hole more crucial putts to get back into the match.