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Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia during their foursomes match against Kenny Perry and Steawart Cink at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 17 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia during their foursomes match against Kenny Perry and Steawart Cink at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 17 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

European Combinations Dominate


September 17, 2004

Europe completed an outstanding opening day in The 35th Ryder Cup Matches with a dominant display in the afternoon foursomes at Oakland Hills Country Club, near Detroit.

Bernhard Langer's supremely confident side won three matches and lost one for sensational score line of 6
and a half to 1
and a half. The five point gap is the highest first day lead the team have had since Europe became involved in the biennial contest in 1979.

Just as they had done in the morning Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington from Ireland led the way with another strong display.

They defeated the American pairing of Davis Love III and Fred Funk 4&2 thanks to a inspired front nine where they combined to make five birdies.

Montgomerie and Harrington had overcame the American 'dream team' pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the opening fourball match, which was part of an incredible morning session which saw Europe win three matches and half one.

The European's purple patch continued with the alternate shot format as Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood defeated Woods and Mickelson one up while Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald beat Kenny Perry and Stewart Cink 2&1.

Chris DiMarco and Jerry Haas recorded the first victory for the Americans with a 3&2 win over Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Frenchman Thomas Levet.

In another of the matches of the day Westwood and Clarke were three down after five but came back to win on the 18th. They led one up after 11 but were tied with the American's playing the 18th.

A poor tee shot left by Mickelson resulted in Woods having to take a penalty drop which put the Europeans in the driving seat. A bogey five proved enough for Westwood and Clarke to claim their second point of the day.

Garcia and Donald were one up for the majority of their match but stretch their lead to lead to three up with five to play and never looked back to complete a fine first day for the young duo.

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