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Ryder Cup:Saturday morning foursomes

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Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson (pictured) made it three points out of three with a convincing 7 and 6 win (known as a dog licence in the UK as a dog licence used to cost seven shillings and sixpence) over Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in the Saturday morning foursomes at the Ryder Cup. The American pair were four up after eight holes and they were never behind in the match. Bradley and Mickelson have gelled as a great pairing and they are clearly enjoying the partnership.

The home side now lead 8-4 ahead of the fourballs on Saturday afternoon. If they win that session the Ryder Cup will be virtually secured before the singles on Sunday. This year’s contest was anticipated to be close but the Americans have holed a staggering amount of putts and that has been the difference between the two sides.

Tiger Woods was stood down for the first time in his Ryder Cup career and didn’t play on Saturday morning. However, he will play in the fourballs in which he will partner Steve Stricker again. Despite losing both their matches on Friday this pairing have a winning record over the last two Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups.

Europe’s best combination consists of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both from Northern Ireland. They played reasonably well on Saturday morning but Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker holed more crucial putts and won the match to secure a 3-1 session supremacy for the home side.

Nicolas Colsaerts was the best player from either side on Friday. Surely full of confidence he was sent out against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with Sergio Garcia and this match looked like a banker for the Europeans. However, the Americans were again better on the greens and another point was secured. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in the other match for Europe’s only point in the session.