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Match 1 - Friday Foursomes

Jimenez/Levet lost by 3&2 to DiMarco/Haas

September 17, 2004

Hole 16 - Europe found the first cut of rough on the fairway
but it is still looking very good for the Americans as they seek their first win of The 35th Ryder Cup. A brilliant shot by Haas, his best of the day, to within a foot and the putt is conceded. Jimenez has to hole from 25 feet down the slope to keep the match going but it slips by the right hand side and Jay Haas and Chris DiMarco claim Americas first win of The Ryder Cup with a 3 and 2 win.

Hole 15 - Haas drives into the trees on the left but DiMarco recovers to find the green but some 30 feet from the hole. Haas putts up to four feet. Levet hits a great drive but Jimenez's approach spun back some 40 feet to the front of the green. Two putts give them a four but DiMarco has a similar length putt which he pops in and America remain two up heading to the 16th.

Hole 14 - Haas second shot runs well by and leaves his playing partner DiMarco a tough putt but he safely runs it down for a four. Levet has a four footer after Jimenez runs his putt just by and Levet converts to keep themselves in the match but it is USA who are in the ascendancy.

Hole 13 - A par is good enough for the European to claw a hole back, a sloppy bogey from the Americans after Haas missed the green on the left handing the hole to the Europeans.

Hole 12 - DiMarco plays a great pitch into the 12th to a couple of feet as the pressure continues to mount on the Europeans. Jimenez plays out from the bunker but it runs ten feet by. Levet puts a good stroke on it but once again the putt slips agonisingly past the hole. Haas lets the Europeans off the hook once again as another short putt slips by but Europe remain three down.

Hole 11 - Haas drives in the thick rough and DiMarco's second puts them further in trouble in the right bunker short of the green. But Jimenez, from the middle of the fairway off a Levet drive, over clubbed his second shot through the green and leaving Levet with a treacherous third shot. Levet putts to five feet but Haas hits his bunker shot inside the Europeans. Jimenez par putt slips by and DiMarco seizes the chance to go three up.

Hole 10 - Jimenez plays a delicate chip from the front edge but it still runs five feet past. DiMarco almost holes a chip from the back edge for a four but Levet misses his return putt for the half and America are back to two up.

Hole 9 - Americans failed to get up and down from a bunker and the ball ran down off the front of the green and Haas was unable to hole the chip, a par three good enough for the Europeans to claw a hole back and lie one down at the turn. The momentum is starting to swing back the way of the Europeans.

Hole 8 - Levet holes from eight feet and Haas holes from a similar distance as the Americans continue to hold a two hole lead after eight holes.

Hole 7 - DiMarco and Haas, two up, plays another sensational shot into the seventh as they attempt to go three up on the Europeans. Jimnez holes a ten footer for par to force the Americans to putt. Haas, from no more than three and a half feet, horseshoes to let the Europeans off the hook and they remain in touch at two down.

Hole 6 -
DiMarco, reveling in playing match play golf, makes a birdie putt on the sixth to move his team two up much to the delight of the local fans.

Hole 5 - Europe make second successive bogey to lose hole and go one down against the Americans who card a par and lead the way for their team.

Hole 4 - The European duo drop a shot on the par four fourth to let the Americans back in. Ryder Cup rookie Di Marco and veteran Haas get back to all square with a par.

Hole 3 - Haas holes a five footer to help make a great sand save for the Americans. Levet follows him in to keep Europe one up.

Hole 2 - A fine drive by Jimenez followed by a sweet second shot to the green by Levet set up a birdie four that was good enough to put Europe one up. Di Marco hooked his tee shot making it difficult for the Americans to match Europes birdie.

Hole 1 - The afternoon foursomes got underway as Thomas Levet hit his first shot in The Ryder Cup, dissecting the fairway in the foursomes in the perfect start to his Ryder Cup campaign. That left his partner Miguel Angel Jimenez with the ideal shot and he safely found the middle of the green. Jay Haas, like Levet rested in the morning made a brave birdie effort but it lipped out and the hole was halved in four.

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