Here are the final results for the Friday afternoon fourball matches at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson win 5 & 4 over Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson
Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley win 2&1 Over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar win 3 & 2 over Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer
Lee Westwood and Nicholas Colsaerts win 1 up over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker
Thus, at the end of Friday, the stands USA 5, Europe 3
In all, it was an exciting day, and takes to task the several professional golf writers who were blogging and twittering at about ten am Friday morning that the “rout” was on. Not so much. While Europe was at one point 1-up in all four morning matches, 1-up isn’t a score that necessarily holds in match play.
On the other hand, it certainly was a rout in the afternoon, with the US winning 3 – 1.
At this point, Love’s pairing of Mickelson and Bradley looks brilliant, as did his holding back the Watson-Simpson and Johnson-Kuchar for four ball. All four of those guys were birdie hunting, putting the pressure on their opponents. That speaks to a lot of confidence.
The low point of the entire day was for me the Woods-Stricker pairing. First they were beaten by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, and then by Lee Westwood and Nicholas Colsaerts. The pair is sitting Saturday morning, and if I were Davis Love, I’d give Tiger the entire day off and have him well rested to lead off Sunday in the singles. A rested Tiger should crush whomever they send at him in singles and have the Euros playing catch-up the rest of the day.