US Leads Ryder Cup 6-4

Ryder Cup 2010

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie’s decision to have the four-ball matches played first this year may have back fired on his team as the Americans have taken a 6-4 lead after two sessions at the Ryder Cup in South Wales.

Tiger Woods and partner Steve Stricker won their second-straight match on Saturday to give the Americans a rousing start for session 2. Woods and Stricker, who defeated Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher in the four-ball, easily dispatched Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson in their foursome match.

Americans Dustin Johnson and Hunter Mahan also defeated Europe’s Edoardo and Francesco Molinari. Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler could not make it three-straight for the US as they settled for 1/2-1/2 draw with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Europe got back into the Cup with a pair of victories for Padraig Harrington/Fisher and Luke Donald/Poulter.

The deciding match of the day was played between Europe’s Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell and the US’s Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar. The European pair was already headed for victory but the Americans rallied in the last three holes to give the US the much-needed boost going into the third session.