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Hunter Mahan and Justin Leonard got the U.S. its first point.(Getty Images)

Recap: Match 2

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Instant analysis: After a shaky start, Mahan was a monster for the Americans with clutch putting and great iron shots. Leonard chipped in with his strength, also converting on the greens as he won his first match in the Ryder Cup in his third appearance.

Key moments: After the U.S. fell 2 down after two, Mahan sank birdie putts of 10 feet at the third and 4 feet at the fourth to square the match. Leonard made it three straight birdies to take a 1-up lead with a 15-footer, and although the U.S. lost the next, Europe gave it back with two in the water at the par-5 seventh and the Americans never trailed again.

Player report cards
Mahan: A-minus. He settled down and was just a rock in all areas. His iron approach to the 215-yard par-3 14th to 3 feet was shot of the day.
Leonard: B. Needs to shore up iron game for afternoon four-balls.
Casey: C-minus. Twice put shots in the water to douse Euro spirits.
Stenson: B-minus. Scrambled well, but it didn't make a dent in this match.

What they said
Mahan: "We had a lot of holes left. We just had to keep going," Mahan said.
Leonard: "I told Hunter I lost the first two holes on purpose. "We had a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to this afternoon."