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At a Glance: Match 6
U.S. analysis: True to his word, U.S. Captain Paul Azinger is sending out all his players on Friday. This is one of two all-rookie pairings for the afternoon -- although Stricker has played on two Presidents Cup teams. He and Curtis have similar steady games and personalities, which should be a good fit in this best-ball format. Neither should get rattled no matter how many birdies the Europeans throw out.
Europe analysis: The two long-time friends were 3 up through seven holes in the morning, but squandered that lead. Getting a match under their belts should help, though, since the Americans are making their debuts. Neither Englishman is known for making lots of birdies. Poulter's lowest score on either the PGA TOUR or European Tour this year is 67 while Rose's is a 65 so they'll need to time them right.
Notes: Rose and Poulter finished fourth at the World Cup, so they must know what they're doing. ... Rose and Poulter are ranked 13th and 29th in the world, respectively, to Stricker and Curtis at No. 8 and No. 30. ... Stricker if 5-5-0 in Presidents Cup competition with a 2-2-0 mark in Four-ball.
Outlook: Rose and Poulter will have something to prove after that bogey at the 18th hole Friday morning gave the U.S. a 1-up victory.
Prediction: Europe wins, 2 and 1