The woes of Tiger Woods continued in the early stages of the Saturday fourballs in the Ryder Cup. Even so Americans were leading in three of the four matches early in the session. Even if matches are shared this afternoon the States will take a significant advantage into the singles on Sunday.
The pundits predicted that this would be a close Ryder Cup but the home side have continued to excel on the greens. Davis Love set up the course to suit the long hitters and excellent putters and that strategy has paid off as his side look to have established a winning lead with most of the second session on Saturday still to be completed.
After 4 holes of their match against Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald Woods and Steve Stricker (pictured) were 3 down. Woods didn’t play this morning so had time to work on his game but he seems unable to eliminate the loose shots which can be damaging in matchplay golf. His playing partner has also struggled this week and they are now looking at three defeats in three matches.
With Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson rested Love sent Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson out in the first match. Both players have won major championships this year and would look to be bankers for the home team this afternoon. After five holes they were beating Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari by one hole.
America were leading in the other two matches after the first few holes. Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar holed the crucial putts early in their match against Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie and that helped them to lead by two after five holes. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson won two of the first three holes against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.