Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Friday Four-Ball
P. 

	

	Harrington
P. Harrington
C. 

	

	Montgomerie
C. Montgomerie
VS. T. 

	

	Woods
T. Woods
J. 

	

	Furyk
J. Furyk
Last update: 13:09 GMT
MATCH 1 - FINALRESULT: USA Wins by 1 Hole
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P. Harrington4   44 345  4  4  
C. Montgomerie 434  4   43 24 44
T. Woods5 3  452  32 345  
J. Furyk34 45   35  4   44
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Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 The 2006 Ryder Cup is under way, with Jim Furyk of the USA striking the first ball amidst an electric atmosphere at The K Club. The American’s ball found the fairway, while his playing partner, Tiger Woods, put his opening tee shot into the water on the left hand side of the first hole. Colin Montgomerie led the European Team off the first tee, his drive landing in the right hand semi-rough, before the home crowd roared Padraig Harrington’s first strike straight down the middle. Woods was first to play his approach to the green, having taken a penalty drop form the water. The World Number One found the back right fringe of the putting surface. Montgomerie followed, landing his ball 18 feet from the cup. Harrington then put his second shot inside that of his partner, before Furyk delivered the best approach of them all with a great nine iron to eight feet. As Montgomerie and Harrington missed their birdie chances the American capitalised on his excellent approach by holing out for birdie to put America one up.
2 413 4

 Woods and Harrington find heavy rough off the tee, with Montgomerie driving into the sand. Furyk finds the fairway but his approach misses the green. Harrington can only hack out of the rough, while Woods finds the green – 40 feet from the cup. Montgomerie hits a great shot out of the sand to 20 feet. Woods strikes his birdie putt past the hole. Furyk chips to four feet before Montgomerie’s birdie chance slides past. His par putt is conceded and Furyk holes out comfortably to keep the USA one up.

3 170 3  Furyk and Woods hit two excellent iron shots on the first par three on the Palmer Course, leaving themselves 15 foot birdie chances. Harrington and Montgomerie find an almost identical spot on the green, some 30 feet from the hole. The Europeans cannot take advantage of their identical putt, but both Furyk and Woods leave their respective putts above ground, halving in three with Europe. USA remain one up.
4 568 5

 The USA still have the tee on the par five, with Furyk remaining steady off the tee before Woods opened up his shoulders and boomed his drive over 300 yards. Furyk, Harrington and Montgomerie all lay up with their second shots. Woods goes for the green in two but catches the front left bunker. Furyk knocks his wedge approach to ten feet before Harrington and Montgomerie both plant their third approaches to three feet. Furyk knocks in his birdie chance, with Montgomerie halving the hole for Europe.

5 440 4 Europe get back top all square with Harrington’s par four after Woods misses his own par putt from six feet, having rolled his 30 foot birdie chance past.
6 478 4 The USA miss a great chance to get back into the lead as Furyk slips his 12 foot birdie putt past the hole after Woods had made an easy par four. Harrington made a real fighting par four after Montgomerie had found the water to the left of the green. The Irishman chipped from the back of the green to nine feet and holed out well to keep the match all square.
7 430 4 Europe go one up for the first time after a comedy of errors on the seventh. All four players hit poor drives, but Montgomerie gets lucky by smacking a tree and coming to rest on the fairway. Harrington, Furyk and Woods are in some horrible rough on the left hand side, with Furyk electing to pitch out, Woods flying the green from an awkward lie and stance, and Harrington finding the greenside lake and eliminating himself from the hole. Montgomerie’s second finds the front right edge of the green, some 40 feet from the cup, before Furyk joins Harrington in the water after a misjudged third shot. Woods keeps himself in the hole by pitching to 12 feet, but strikes his par putt too firm and lips out for par. That gives Montgomerie a three foot putt to take the hole and he makes no mistake to put Europe into the lead for the first time in the morning’s first match.
8 173 3 Europe’s lead lasts only a few minutes as Woods produces his best shot of the round so far, a magnificent, punchy eight iron on the 173 yard par three to just four feet. Harrington and Montgomerie miss their long birdie putts before Woods calmly slots home his birdie to square the match.
9 461 4 The USA win their second consecutive hole to regain their advantage over Harrington and Montgomerie. Furyk holed a superb birdie putt from 25 feet, that snaked from right to left and found the middle of the cup before Harrington and Montgomeire missed their own birdie putts to half. USA one up.
10 584 5 Harrington misses a good birdie chance to level the match after all four players play the tenth rather messily. Woods was in trouble from tee to green and had to settle for a par five, while Furyk and Montgomerie both flew the green with their third shots. Harrington, having splashed out of the bunker to seven feet in three shots, just misses out on squaring the match. USA one up.
11 415 4 Woods strikes a serious blow as the USA go two up with a trademark birdie from world’s best golfer. After Montgomerie, Furyk and then Harrington missed their chances, Tiger drilled his ball straight into the centre of the cup, following it up with his usual, fist-pumping celebration.
12 182 3 Woods is starting to look at his ominous best. The American makes his second consecutive birdie to take The USA three up with six holes to play. Harrington is disappointed to leave his birdie chance to half the hole eight inches short.
13 428 4 Harrington and Montgomerie both miss vital chances to get back in the match after Woods finds the water with his aggressive approach. Furyk almost holes a wonderful effort but agonisingly lips out from 30 feet. Hole halved in par three, USA remain three up.
14 213 3 Montgomerie hands Europe a lifeline after Woods then Furyk roll their birdie putts past the hole on the longest par three on the course. Under pressure, Montgomerie, as he has done habitually in The Ryder Cup, rises to the occasion to grab a hole back with four to play. USA two up.
15 446 4 A tense half as the USA edge closer to victory and the Europeans sense they are running out of holes. Europe make Woods hole out from no more that 24 inches, while Montgomerie is forced to make the half from 18 inches. USA two up.
16 555 5 The tension rises and rises as Montgomerie and Harrington haul themselves back into the match. After Montgomerie had found the water going for the green in two on the par five, Harrington conjured a tremendous approach to find the green in two. Woods and Furyk both chose to lay up, which backfired as Furyk’s third shot spun back violently on the green and trickled into the water, while Woods overshot the green. That left Harrington two for the hole, which the Irishman gladly accepted to cut the USA’s lead to one.
17 424 4 The USA cannot be beaten as they head to the 18th tee one up after another thrilling exchange on the 16th. All four men had chances for to make birdies after finding the green in regulation. But Furyk then Woods, followed by Montgomerie and then Harrington, all had their heads in their hands as all four balls stayed above ground. USA one up.
18 537 5 The USA strike the first blow of The 2006 Ryder Cup after a titanic battle between Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington ends on the 18th green with the USA winning by one hole.