U.S. Grabs Early Ryder Cup Advantage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Sept 19, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- For the first time in 17 years, the U.S.
brings a lead into afternoon play on the opening day of the Ryder
Cup. The Americans built a 3-1 advantage in the morning foursomes.

The lead would have been larger, but Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk blew a 2-up lead with two to play and ended up halving
their match against Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

Americans Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan grabbed the
first point by beating Europe's Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey
3-and-2 in their alternate-shot match.

Justin Rose and Ian Poulter three-putted 18 to hand Stewart Cink
and Chad Campbell a 1-up victory.

And Americans Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim took a half point
by halving their match against Padraig Harrington and Robert
Karlsson.

Four more points are available in this afternoon's better-ball
matches at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Mickelson and Kim are facing Harrington and Graeme McDowell.
Steve Stricker and Ben Curtis get Rose and Poulter.
Leonard and Mahan are paired for a second straight session and
will take on Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley will face Westwood and Soren Hansen.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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