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At a Glance: Match 5
U.S. analysis: The American duo finally seemed to find its comfort zone on the back nine of what was a scrappy morning Foursomes match with Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson. Mickelson hit some great recovery shots to set up par-savers for Kim and the two won the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to dig themselves out of a big hole and avoid relinquishing an entire point. Both Americans are let-it-fly-kind-of-guys, and they need to be at their freewheeling best to prosper in the best-ball format. "We have to play a little freer, more relaxed, and see if we can make some more birdies," Mickelson said.
Europe analysis: Harrington will be counted on to set the tone for the match with his rookie countryman. The man who won the last two majors, though, was erratic in the opener as he played Foursomes with Karlsson. He was loose off the tee and while his putter generally cooperated, Harrington missed a 15-footer for birdie on the last hole that could have given the Europeans a 1-up win. Potentially of concern, though -- the Dubliner also needed a therapist to work on his next at the turn.
Notes: McDowell, who has won twice this year, has only broken 70 twice in his last 18 rounds. ... Harrington is now 2-1-1 against Mickelson. ... Kim and Mickelson are both two-time winners on the PGA TOUR this year, and Mickelson also won the HSBC Champions on the European Tour.
Outlook: If the Americans start making birdies like they're capable of doing, this one could be a rout. Harrington will undoubtedly spend the short break on the range trying to figure out what made him keep hitting shots left.
Prediction: U.S. wins 3 & 2