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


D. Howell


H. Stenson
VS. S. 


S. Cink


D. Toms
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H. Stenson
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D. Toms
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 David Toms led the USA off the tee, finding the right-hand fairway before Howell got off to a shaky start, tweaking his three wood into the left rough. That was not the ideal lie for Henrik Stenson to play his first ever Ryder Cup shot, but the Swede produced a marvellous recovery, finding the putting surface with Europe’s approach. Howell could not hole the 20 foot birdie attempt, halving in par four. All square.
2 413 4 Stewart Cink holes for a birdei three to send the USA one up.
3 170 3 Howell and Stenson level after a great tee shot from the Englishman allowed his Swedish partner to hole from five feet. All square.
4 568 5 Europe win their second hole in a row with a par four, taking them one up.
5 440 4 The USA strike back with a birdie three after a great approach from Cink left his partner just a five foot putt, levelling the match for the second time in five holes.
6 478 4 The two Davids – Howell and Toms – hole respective par putts from ten and four feet to keep the match all square.
7 430 4 Howell and Toms cannot convert their chances again as the Teams half in four. All square.
8 173 3 Toms, consistently one of the best putters on the US PGA Tour narrowly misses out on giving the USA the lead as his 20 foot birdie chance slides past. All square.
9 461 4 Toms stuns the world by misreading a putt, which allows Howell the opportunity to put Europe ahead. The Englishman, though, cannot read the line of his own putt, and another hole is halved. All square.
10 584 5 Howell converts a simple five foot birdie chance from five feet to break the sequence of five straight halves. Europe one up.
11 415 4 Cink holes an awkward par putt from five feet to save par and keep the score at one up to Europe.
12 182 3 Stenson plays a fine approach to the par three 13th, leaving Howell and 18foot birdie putt. Cink leaves Toms a 35 footer for birdie. Neither player can convert and the hole is halved in three. Europe one up.
13 428 4 Hole halved in par. Europe one up.
14 213 3 Toms misses an 18 foot chance to draw level. Europe remain one up.
15 446 4 USA square the match at a crucial stage after Howell finds the water from the tee, allowing Toms and Cink to make and easy birdie.
16 555 5 Toms pulls his approach into the left hand greenside bunker, before Howell follows that direction, leaving the European ball in thick rough between the bunkers. Cink went into the bunker and produced a marvelous flop from the sand, forcing Stenson to conjure a fine chip from the thick rough, leaving Howell just a two foot, uphill putt for par which the Englishman dispatched with ease.
17 424 4 Toms misses a great chance to go one up with one to play. All square.
18 537 5 Toms decides to lay up after Cink’s excellent drive. Howell has no option but to lay up after Stenson’s drive finds the rough. After Howell’s lay-up, Stenson found the putting surface – the ball coming to rest some 20 feet from the cup. Cink followed Stenson in, the American ball landing a couple of feet behind the Europeans’. Toms was first to putt and was agonizingly unlucky not sink his birdie chance, his ball lipping out as Howell lined up his shot at glory. The big Englishman hit exactly the same putt as his opponent with the exactly the same result, ending the match all square.