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Match 3 - Friday Foursomes

Clarke/Westwood beat Mickelson/Woods by 1 hole

September 17, 2004

Hole 18 - A wild slice on the last by Mickelson hits the out of bounds fence miles off the fairway. The Americans are in big trouble on the last. Westwood dissects the fairway and it is advantage Europe. Woods has to take a penalty drop just to get a swing and still has 259 yards to the green. He hooks one up the fairway but still comes up 90 yards short of the green. Westwood couldn't have placed his tee shot better but Clarke's approach comes up short in the rough over the top of the bunker. Mickelson pitches but the ball spins back 15 feet short of the pin. Westwood chips nine feet short of the hole. Woods has a huge putt and needs to hole it to ask the question of Clarke but the putt stays above the hole for a double bogey six. Clarke has two putts for the match and a bogey five is good enough. Europe claim their second point of the afternoon with a magnificent victory for Westwood and Clarke over the top American pairing.

Hole 17 - Clarke hits his tee shot into the left bunker. Woods finds the back of the green, some 25 feet past the hole. Westwood has a fiendishly difficult bunker shot and the ball does not come out of the bunker. Clarke hits out to 15 feet but the US have two putts to win the hole and halve the match playing the last. Mickelson makes not mistake they head down the last all square.

Hole 16 - The importance of the third of the afternoon foursomes cannot be underestimated. Woods, from the middle of the fairway on the 16th, hits a little long but safely on the green. Westwood finds trouble off the tee and Clarke misses the green with his second leaving Westwood a long putt from the front edge which skids some eight feet past. Mickelson, putting for birdie, runs the putt a couple of feet past. Clarke holes, pumping his fist as another crucial putt drops. Woods holes for the half and Europe remain one up as they move to the 17th.

Hole 15 - Westwood and Clarke had a great chance to win the hole but Clarke's birdie putt from 10 feet, following a great approach from his partner, just missed. Mickelson made a great par putt from a similar length.

Hole 14 - Clarke confidently holed from five feet to half the hole, and keep his side one up. Both sides had long birdie putts. Mickelson lagged down to a few inches while Westwood left his partner with a tester.

Hole 13 - Westwood's birdie putt from 30 feet lipped out leaving the door open for Mickelson to make a two from 15 feet following great tee shot from Woods. However Mickelson's effort just misses and the Americans stay one down.

Hole 12 - Europe have another chance when Mickelson hits a poor drive into rough from where Woods can only punched out into the fairway. Westwood splits the fairway with his drive before Clarke goes for the green but lands short in the greenside bunker. Mickelson then surprisingly overshoots with his third. Westwood splashes out to 25 feet from where they secure a par while Woods chips close. America make par for half, Europe stay one up.

Hole 11 -
The comeback continues as Westwood and Clarke win the hole to go one up. Westwood played an outstanding fairway bunker shot from 141 yard to 15 feet. Mickelson's approach landed on the green but spun off the front and finished 20 yards down the fairway. Woods chipped to 15 feet from where his teammate missed while Clarke putted up short for a certain par.

Hole 10 - Clarke hits one of the shots of the day for his second to four feet which his teammate holes for a three to get them back on level terms. On the difficult 453 yard par four 10th both Westwood and Mickelson found the fairway from the tee. Woods hit his approach over the pin by 30 feet which Mickelson could not convert.

Hole 9 - Westwood had a chance to get back to all square with Woods and Mickelson but his birdie putt from 10 slips by. America one up with nine to play.

Hole 8 - Holed halved in bogey fives after both Mickelson and Westwood hit poor chips that came up short and rolled back down the green. Both Woods and Clarke hit lag putts close to the cup leaving the match one up to the American duo.

Hole 7 - Westwood and Clarke get back into the match after Englishman hits a great second to five feet which Clarke rammed into the back of the hole. Westwood puts his arm round Clarke as they move of to the next hole. They go just one down.

Hole 6 - Europe claim the hole after Woods missed from eight feet for par on the sixth. Clarke and Westwood are three down and have a lot of ground to make up but they have stopped the bleeding.

Hole 5 - Both sides make par fours to keep the match at three up to the Americans.

Hole 4 - Momentum builds for the American duo as they go three up by making a par on the fourth against the European's bogey. Woods and Mickelson clearly trying to make up for their morning fourball defeat.

Hole 3 - Woods and Mickelson help to build some confidence in the American team by winning the third with a par three to go two up. Woods holed from five feet.

Hole 2 - Woods sends the crowd wild with a stunning second on the par five second which he hits to 15 feet. Mickelson misses the putt but birdie is good enough and allows the Americans to take the lead. Clarke missed a birdie putt from 25 feet.

Hole 1 - Strong par putt from Mickelson from eight feet ensures the American's head to the second all square. Westwood played an impressive second shot to the green from a fairway bunker.

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