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Sep 27, 2014

Watson left groping for answers as plans backfire

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – If Tom Watson needed an early night after Friday’s Ryder Cup setback he is going to need medicinal fortification on Saturday after another foursomes drubbing that left his U.S. team 10-6 down and his captaincy decisions shredded from all sides.

Watson looked every day of his 65 years on Friday evening, struggling to sound enthusiastic after Europe’s record 3-1/2 – 1/2 foursomes win and, despite a brief morning rally, he was again left searching for answers when Europe repeated the emphatic scoreline 24 hours later.

Sep 27, 2014

Rose and Stenson win record-breaking classic

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson reeled off a record 10 successive birdies to win a fourball encounter against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar that will go down as one of the greatest games in the competition’s 87-year history on Saturday.

The European duo, who were impressive in winning both their matches on Friday, reached a whole new level in perfect conditions on Saturday to win 3 & 2 on the 16th with another record 12-under par score.

Sep 27, 2014

Ryder Cup: Rose and Stenson win record-breaking classic

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson reeled off a record 10 successive birdies to win a fourball encounter against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar that will go down as one of the greatest games in the competition’s 87-year history on Saturday.

The European duo, who were impressive in winning both their matches on Friday, reached a whole new level in perfect conditions on Saturday to win 3 & 2 on the 16th with another record 12-under par score.

Sep 27, 2014

Europe roar back to lead on gripping opening day

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The Ryder Cup delivered high drama yet again as Europe produced a stirring fightback to win three of the foursomes matches against the United States and take a 5-3 lead after a tense and hugely entertaining first day on Friday.

The Americans had much the best of the morning fourballs, the highlight being a remarkable performance by rookie duo Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth to hammer European talisman Ian Poulter and Scottish new boy Stephen Gallacher 5 & 4.

Sep 26, 2014

We didn’t panic and it paid off, says McGinley

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Paul McGinley leaned on all the experience gained as a player and vice-captain in five previous Ryder Cups to ensure he kept his head after a tough first morning and it paid off with Europe’s record-breaking comeback performance on Friday.

The hosts trailed 2 1/2-1 1/2 after the opening fourballs in which their biggest names — Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter — misfired horribly.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Record-breaking Mickelson blows hot and cold

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson became the first American to play in 10 Ryder Cups on Friday and duly marked the occasion with the sort of day that sums up his long association with the competition — won one, lost one.

Before this week the five-times major champion had been on the beaten side seven times in nine Cups, winning 14 matches, but losing an American record 18, including five in singles.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Europe roar back to take two-point Ryder Cup lead

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Europe produced a stirring fightback to win three and halve one of their Ryder Cup foursomes matches against the United States and take a 5-3 lead after a typically tense, fluctuating and hugely entertaining first day on Friday.

Lee Westwood, playing his ninth Ryder Cup, and rookie Jamie Donaldson played some of the best golf of the day to beat Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar 2-up in the alternate shot format.

Sep 26, 2014

Mickelson opens record 10th Ryder Cup with win on 18th

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson became the first American to play in 10 Ryder Cups on Friday and duly marked the occasion with a trademark flourish on the final hole to earn a one-up victory with Keegan Bradley against Europe’s strongest team.

After trailing by two after 10, world number one Rory McIlroy and number three Sergio Garcia had fought back to lead by one in the fourth and final fourball of the opening morning’s action as Mickelson looked set to extend his unimpressive Ryder Cup record.

Sep 26, 2014

Ryder Cup choir sends players on their way with a smile

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The Ryder Cup’s unique atmosphere is in safe hands so long as its self-titled “Guardians” choir continue to attend and their lusty singing and bespoke chanting brought smiles and applause from both teams on Friday.

Unlike the boorish, often alcohol-fuelled drone of the “Barmy Army” that is now the regular backdrop to any England cricket match, the “Guardians” are cut from a different cloth — literally.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Ryder Cup launched on a wave of colour and noise

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The 40th Ryder Cup began on Friday amid scenes that would have been unimaginable for those playing the first in 1927 as a packed amphitheatre produced a spine-tingling cauldron of noise and colour.

Thousands packed in and around the monster grandstand on the first tee as the morning fourballs swung into action to start three days of battle between the hosting Europeans and an American team seeking their first away victory since 1993.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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