Keegan Bradley continues to be a force on Day Two at the 39th Ryder Cup, while Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker struggle. Team USA blitzed the morning Foursomes competition at Medinah Country Club beating Team Europe 3 to 1, while letting a couple get away in the afternoon Fourballs, and split the session 2-2, giving the Americans a 10 – 6 lead going into Sundays Singles.
Ian Poulter put on a pressure putting exhibition coming from behind, late in the afternoon, and win the final match of the day over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Poulter, and teammate Rory McIlroy got the score to All Square after Poulter made his fourth in a row on the par 3 17th hole to set up the the drama at 18. Poulter again drained a 9 foot putt to win the match 1 up.
Tiger Woods came alive again late in the afternoon, and after setting out the morning matches, made a charge, but got absolutely no help from partner Steve Stricker. Stricker, one of the best putters on the planet, has been in a slump since he lost at the John Deere classic, and has done nothing in the Ryder Cup. Woods and Stricker are the only pair on Team USA without a win, and are 0-3.
What ever magic Team Europe rookie Nicolas Colsaerts had found with his putting stroke on Friday, quickly vanished Saturday. Putts that had found the bottom of the cup, were continually sliding by, or liping out.
The more memorable moments of Saturday’s play were tee shots at 17, and putts at 18. On 17, with Tiger and Steve needing to get a birdie for a tie, Tiger talked to his tee shot as it flew to the long par 3. It landed 12 feet to the left with the US crowd cheering wildly. Luke Donald stepped up and got inside of Tiger to less than 4 feet. All would birdie and Team USA walked off remaining down one.
On 18, as they were getting ready to strike some Bic lighters so the players could see to putt, Jason Dufner drained his putt from the edge of the green for a birdie, and a possible tie. Ian Poulter couldn’t do it again, could he? He did, and broke everyone’s heart, as Team USA lost another match, but still had the over all lead at 10 and 6.
Sunday is all about Singles play, Enjoy!
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