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Match 4 - Friday Foursomes

Garcia/Donald beat Perry/Cink by 2&1

September 17, 2004

Hole 17 - Donald hits the green on the par three 17th but Cink, needing to be aggressive, pitches on the front edge and shoots through the green into the thick rough. Perry is unable to hole his chip and after Garcia rolls his putt to within a couple of feet, America concede the hole and Europe win their third match of the afternoon, a 2 and 1 victory giving Europe a
six and a half one and a half
lead after the first day, their best ever start.

Hole 16 - Europeans in excellent position off the tee but the Americans are in the rough, the ball nestled down. Cink manages to get it to the front edge but a long way from the flag. Donald has 157 yards to the pin but it goes to the back of the green and there is still some work to be done. DiMarco plays up some ten feet past the hole but Cink misses the return. Donald lips out from eight feet to halve the hole and Europe lie two up with two to play.

Hole 15 - Americans have the momentum but are through the green in two. Garcia plays a great second from the rough to 18 feet after Donald pulled his tee shot in the trees and the advantage swings back to the Europeans. Donald misreads the putt to win the hole as it falls away to the left. Perry has a five footer for the par and it horsehoes out. Europe have the chance to edge two holes ahead with three to play and Garcia makes no mistake.

Hole 14 - The first of five difficult finishing holes and the Americans missed the fairway off the tee to the left and Cink hits his approach into the bunker. Europe safely find the putting surface after Garcia hit a towering draw off the tee and Europe have the advantage. Cink has a very difficult cross green putt after Perry's bunker shot hung up. Cink holes the putt and Donald has a four footer for a half but misses it on the right and suddenly Europe are only one up with four to play.

Hole 13 - Perry holes a monster putt, 50 feet up the hill for birdie and Garcia's putt from 35 feet all but drops and the Americans claim another hole back. Europe are back to just two up and there is still plenty of golf to be played.

Hole 12 - Donald continues to earn the nickname 'Cool Hand Luke' by draining a 12 foot birdie putt to win the 12th and go three up.

Hole 11 - A par is enough for Cink and Perry to win the hole and go two down. Garcia's approach spun off the green, 20 yards down fairway, from where they were unable to get up and down. Garcia missed from 15 feet for par after Donald's chip.

Hole 10 -

Europe go three up as Donald rolls in a four footer for a par as the Americans combine to make a bogey.

Hole 9 - Cink's par putt horseshoed the hole and shortly after Donald taps in for a par and a win to put Europe two up as they make the turn.

Hole 8 - Donald and Garcia stay one up after halving the sixth successive hole against Perry and Cink on the par fourth eighth.

Hole 7 - Cink, using a belly putter, missed a birdie putt from 18 feet to tie the match. Donald left his putt from 40 feet just short to secure a four. Europe stay one up.

Hole 6 - Donald keeps himself and Garcia one up by making a five footer for par after Garcia had rushed his birdie putt, from 10 feet, by.

Hole 5 -

Perry holes a seven footer for par and is followed by Garcia who makes a three footer for a par to keep the Europeans one up.

Hole 4 - Perry misses from four feet to level the match and a gaping opportunity to level the match goes begging.

Hole 3 - The hole was halved in par 3s

Hole 2 -

The young duo of Garcia and Donald, who both played so well in the morning with different partners, go one up following a birdie four on the second. Perry and Cink make five.

Hole 1 - Poor start by both teams as Perry and Cink halve the hole with a bogey against Garcia and Donald. Perry had a chance to win but missed a par putt from seven feet.

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