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


P. Casey


R. Karlsson
VS. S. 


S. Cink


J. Henry
Last update: 13:09 GMT
P. Casey44 34 53 5   34444
R. Karlsson  2  44 34434     
S. Cink4  444  44   2  4 
J. Henry433   53  324 35 4
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 U.S. Ryder Cup rookie J.J. Henry teed off first for the Americans and sent his ball with a fairway wood down the right side of the fairway. Stewart Cink, one of Lehman's captain's picks, hit next. Also using a fairway wood, Cink found the right side of the fairway. European Ryder Cup rookie Robert Karlsson of Sweden teed off first for the Europeans. His first-ever shot in a Ryder Cup was with a fairway wood and the ball sailed into the crowd on the left side, coming to rest in the rough. Paul Casey of England, currently No. 1 on The European Tour Order of Merit, used a fairway wood for his tee shot and also went left into the rough. Karlsson was first to play his second shot with a difficult lie from the rough. After a long discussion with his caddie, the Swede's 173-yard shot found the green and finished roughly 15 feet from the hole. Casey had a tough stance with a downhill slope from 161 yards and put his ball to the front-right portion of the green. Cink hit first from the fairway for the Americans with a short-iron and hit it to within 10 feet. Henry's second shot, also from the center of the fairway with a short iron, flew just over the flag and stopped within 10 feet of the hole. All four players two-putted for par to halve the hole.
2 413 4  J.J. Henry made a birdie on the second hole from 10 feet to give the Americans a 1-up lead. Casey just missed a birdie putt earlier.
3 170 3 Karlsson made a birdie putt from eight feet, a right-to-left swinger, to square the match for the Europeans.
4 568 5 Casey hit the green in two, the only player in the foursome to do so, and knocked it to about eight feet for eagle. Cink hit his shot to within inches from the front bunker. Casey's putt for eagle dropped in giving the Europeans a 1-up lead.
5 440 4  Both groups made par and the Europeans remained 1-up.
6 478 4 Casey's second shot from the fairway went long left of the green. Both groups made par to halve the hole and the Europeans kept their 1-up advantage.
7 430 4 Casey hit his approach shot from the fairway into the water short right. Cink proceeded to do the same thing. Karlsson hit his approach on to a television stand, long left of the green. Karlsson got up and down, hitting a 12-foot putt for par, while the Americans made bogey to give the Europeans the hole and a 2-up lead.
8 173 3 Casey narrowly missed a birdie putt and went on to make par. The Americans nearly capitalized on Casey's miss, but Henry sent his 12-foot birdie putt three feet past the hole. Cink missed an 8-footer for birdie that also could have won the hole. Instead, it was halved and the Europeans kept their 2-up advantage.
9 461 4 Karlsson's approach from the left side of the fairway came to rest two feet from the hole. Henry's 15-foot birdie try skidded three feet past the hole. Cink missed a 10-footer for birdie. Karlsson made his birdie and the Europeans took a commanding 3-up lead into the back nine.
10 584 5 Karlsson managed to knock a wedge to within 10 feet to set up a birdie putt, which he made. That put the pressure on Cink to make a four-foot birdie putt, which he did to halve the hole and keep the match 3-up in favor of the Europeans.
11 415 4 Henry stuck his approach shot to within a couple feet of the hole. Casey almost chipped in as the ball rolled over the top of the hole and hit the pin. Karlsson missed his birdie putt and the Europeans conceded Henry's birdie. The Americans picked up a hole, but remained 2-down.
12 182 3 Henry's tee shot stopped about six feet from the hole. He made the birdie to get the Americans their second win in as many holes to claw back to 1-down.
13 428 4 Both groups parred the hole and the Europeans kept a 1-up advantage.
14 213 3 Cink holed a six-footer for birdie to draw the match back to all-square for the Americans after being 3-down through 10 holes.
15 446 4 The Americans made their fifth birdie in six holes to go 1-up. It was their first lead in the match since the second hole.
16 555 5 Henry's second shot hit the green, but rolled off the back. Casey laid up with his second shot. Karlsson took a run at the green with his second, but found the water. Henry missed a six-footer for birdie that would have halved the hole after Casey made a 30-footer for birdie. With that, the Europeans pulled back to all-square with two holes to play.
17 424 4 Henry was left with a 15-footer for par after having to pitch back into the fairway. Cink was on in two and had 20 feet left for birdie. Karlsson missed a short birdie putt and the match stayed all-square.
18 537 5 Cink hit his third shot to within eight feet. Karlsson and Casey were both on in two shots with eagle attempts from about 35 feet. Karlsson missed and left himself a two-footer for birdie. Casey did the same. Henry made a crucial eight-footer, getting up and down from a greenside bunker for birdie. Once Casey made birdie, the teams halved the hole and the match.