Capsule look at the opening day of the 36th Ryder Cup
Did you miss any action on an exciting Day One of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club? From Tiger Woods' opening drive to Colin Montgomerie's final putt, here is a complete look at each of the matches played on Friday.
September 22, 2006
STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) -- A capsule look at each match Friday in the Ryder Cup:
Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk (U.S.) def. Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington (Europe), 1-up.
In an ominous start for the Americans, Woods snap-hooked his opening tee shot into the water on No. 1. A much better sign was Furyk making a 7-foot putt for a quick lead. Woods struggled early on, missing a 4-foot par putt on the fifth and taking bogey on the seventh as Europe took its only lead. Woods birdied the eighth to square the match, Furyk made a 25-foot birdie on the ninth for a 1-up lead, and Woods birdied the 11th and 12th for a 3-up lead.
Montgomerie holed a 15-foot birdie on the 14th. With European hopes fading, Harrington boldly went for the green on the 16th and made a two-putt birdie. Clinging to a 1-up lead, Furyk reached the 18th in two, essentially sealing the victory.
Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry (U.S.) halved with Paul Casey and Robert Karlsson (Europe).
Henry got his Ryder Cup career off to a solid start with a birdie on No. 2, but the European tandem looked tough to beat. Karlsson squared the match with a birdie on the third, and Casey hit a powerful fairway metal into 5 feet for the only eagle of the morning session. The Swede's birdie took Europe to 3-up at the turn, and Karlsson denied the Americans a hole on the 10th with a 15-foot birdie.
Henry, however, responded with consecutive birdies. Cink's 10-footer for birdie squared the match, and Henry gave the U.S. its first lead with a birdie on the 15th. Casey delivered the pivotal shot, a long birdie putt on the 16th to square the match, and they halved the last two.
Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal (Europe) def. David Toms and Brett Wetterich (U.S.), 3 & 2.
In the only match that didn't go the distance, Europe might have found the latest edition of its Spanish Armada. It was the only match in which Europe never trailed, although the Americans made it interesting in the middle. Garcia opened with a long birdie putt, and Europe went 2-up at the turn when Olazabal made a 12-foot birdie.
Wetterich was the only player to reach the 10th green in two, and it appeared Toms would square the match with a 40-foot birdie on the 11th. But Garcia made his 12-footer for birdie for a halve. When Toms and Wetterich both hit into the water on their approach at the 13th, the match was essentially over.
Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood (Europe) def. Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco (U.S.), 1-up.
Clarke, whose participation was in doubt when his wife died Aug. 13 of cancer, fought back tears on the first tee when the Irish crowd gave him a heartfelt ovation. Then he birdied the first hole and carried his good friend for 18 holes. Clarke twice halved holes with putts of 6 and 8 feet in the tightest match of the morning. DiMarco atoned for missing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 10th by making two straight birdies.
It was all square on the 16th when Clarke made birdie and Mickelson missed badly from just on the fringe. Mickelson took himself out of the 17th hole by driving into the water, and Europe held on when Clarke pitched up to a foot for birdie on the 18th, while Mickelson went over the green.
Chad Campbell and Zach Johnson (U.S.) halved with Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley (Europe).
Coming off a morning loss, Harrington missed a 2 1/2-foot putt on the opening hole to fall behind, then made up for it with a shot into 12 feet on the par-3 third that McGinley converted to square the match. Campbell carried the load for the Americans early, setting up a birdie on the ninth to square the match.
Johnson looked nervous, badly missing putts that led to three bogeys on the back nine as the Americans fell 2 down with three holes to play. But the rookie delivered with an approach onto the green on the par-5 16th for birdie, then a 15-foot birdie putt that earned a halve on the 17th, and a 4-foot birdie putt to win the 18th and earned a half-point.
David Toms and Stewart Cink (U.S.) halved with David Howell and Henrik Stenson (Europe).
In the best alternate-shot match of the day, neither team made a bogey on the front nine and went out in 33. Europe pulled ahead on the par-5 10th when Stenson hit wedge into about 6 feet, and the Americans squared the match on the lone bogey -- Howell hit his tee shot into the water on the 15th hole.
On the par-5 16th, Cink hit a beautiful greenside bunker shot to within a foot for a conceded birdie, then Stenson chipped out of deep rough to 3 feet and the hole was halved. Toms badly missed an 8-foot birdie putt that would have won the 17th. On the par-5 18th, both teams could get no closer than 20 feet with a wedge. Toms' birdie putt caught the right lip, and Howell's birdie putt was equally close.
Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco (U.S.) halved with Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie (Europe).
DiMarco opened with a 15-foot birdie on the first hole, and Montgomerie countered by sticking his approach 2 feet behind the flag on the second. The lead changed on four straight holes on the front nine -- Europe sandwiched two birdies around consecutive bogeys. Montgomerie made birdie on the 13th to go 1-up, then missed the green on the next to go back to all square. DiMarco reached the green in two on the 16th for a 1-up lead.
On the final hole, Montgomerie reached the right side of the green about 80 feet away. DiMarco, from the fairway, hit into a bunker. Mickelson blasted out to 10 feet, while Westwood's long eagle attempt went 6 feet by. DiMarco's putt for the win never had a chance, and Montgomerie holed his putt for birdie.
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia (Europe) def. Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk (U.S.), 2-up.
Garcia completed a perfect day, not only winning both his matches, but never trailing. It was an ominous start for the Americans when Furyk hit his tee shot to the base of a tree, leaving Woods no choice but to hit left-handed. They made double-bogey, won the third with a par, only to lose the next two holes to European birdies. Woods and Furyk had three 6s on their card, including the 10th when Woods missed a 4-foot par putt.
Furyk holed a 15-foot birdie on the 13th, and Woods' next shot on the par-3 14th stopped 3 feet away for another birdie to square the match. Garcia hit wedge into 2 feet on the 16th, and Furyk holed a 15-foot birdie to halve the hole. Garcia hit wedge from the first cut into 3 feet on the 17th for a 1-up lead. Needing to win the last hole to get a half-point, Furyk pulled his hybrid club from 230 yards into the water.
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