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Match 2 - Friday Foursomes

Montgomerie/Harrington beat Love III/Funk by 4&2

September 17, 2004

Hole 16 - A good drive down the left side of the fairway on Oakland Hills signature hole by Montgomerie keeps Europe in the driving seat. Funk's second shot comes up short in the water effectively seals the Americans fate. Harrington pitches on the green but spins back towards the water but the ball catches in the rough. Love drops under penalty and pitches 12 feet past the hole. Funk misses and Europe get their first match of the afternoon, 3 and 2. Harrington and Montgomerie, Europe's top pair, played outstanding foursomes golf to claim two victories on the first day. Montgomerie has now won 16 of his last 18 Ryder Cup matches.

Hole 15 - Another sterling approach by Montgomerie leaves Harrington with a 15 feet birdie putt, some ten feet closer than the American pairing. Funk races the first putt six feet past and Harrington is faced with a putt to win the match but it comes up just short. Still Love has to hole his to stay in the match and holes it. Europe are three up with three to play.

Hole 14 - Montgomerie plays a poor chip on the 14th which doesn't reach the putting surface. Harrington chips to four feet after Love's putt runs past the hole a similar distance. DiMarco converts to get a hole back. It's the first bogey the Europeans made but they remain three up with four to play.

Hole 13 - A half in three leaves the Europeans four up with five to play.

Hole 12 - Montgomerie pitches from 98 yards right on line but the ball hits the cup and spins out wickedly, shooting off at an angle into the bunker over the back of the green. The hole is halved in five and Europe remain four up.

Hole 11 - Montgomerie's second gets caught in the collar of rough leaving a very fast chip for Harrington. The Americans miss the green in the left hand bunker but Funk plays a good recovery to six feet. Harrington plays a stunning chip, rolling the ball down to the hole for a four. Love misses from six feet and Europe go four up with seven to play.

Hole 10 - Funk comes up short with his approach to the tenth but Harrington made no such mistake, a wonderful second to the heart of the green a mere 12 feet from the hole. Montgomerie had a putt to win the hole but it slipped by. Funk had a chance for the half from ten feet but his putt also missed on the low side and Europe moved three up.

Hole 9 - Harrington plays a sensational tee shot on the par three ninth, rolling up to within three feet of the flag. Funk finds the bunker, handing the Europeans a great opportunity to go two up. Love played a great recovery for the three but Montgomerie still had a putt to win the hole and he gently strokes the ball in to take Europe two up.

Hole 8 - Harrington's approach skips through the green but Funk comes up short of the top level and rolls back some 25 feet from the hole. Montgomerie played a sublime chip, using the slope to roll the ballremain one ahead. down to just a couple of inches to rapturous applause from the crowd. The hole was halved and Europe.

Hole 7 - Montgomerie hits six iron to about 12 feet in a terrific shot. Funk charges his putt five feet past leaving Love with plenty of work to do. Harrington, with a chance to win back to back holes, rolls the putt down the slope but it slips by on the left and keeps rolling five feet by. The return putt by Montgomerie horseshoes round the hole and stays out. From a position where Europe looked to win the hole, Love had the chance to win the hole but he too lips out and spins five feet away. Funk holed out to halve the hole.

Hole 6 -
An excellent approach shot by Harrington almost disappeared down the hole, coming to rest two feet from the hole. Funk hit his about 15 feet away but Montgomerie converts the putt to edge ahead once again.

Hole 5 - A brilliant second by Montgomerie on the fifth to guarantee a birdie wasn't enough to win the hole as Ryder Cup rookie Funk holed a 30 footer for birdie. Match all square.

Hole 4 - The hole was halved in par 4s

Hole 3 - Love and Funk get one back by making a par three from the back of the green. Harrington missed par putt from seven feet to leave the match all square.

Hole 2 - The European duo continue their purple patch by making another birdie on the par five second. Harrington holed a birdie putt from 15 feet after Montgomerie rushed his eagle putt by. However, their American counterparts also make four and the match remains one up to Europe.

Hole 1 - Majestic second shot by Montgomerie to six feet paves the way for Harrington to hole simple birdie putt to put Europe one up. Love came close to also hitting a great second but his ball found rough by the green and the Americans made par.

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