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Recap: Match 3
Instant analysis: Thanks to a conceded birdie on the 18th hole from Cink and Campbell the Americans were able to produce a reversal of fortune. The United States had won just three of the most recent 36 matches to reach the final hole, so that was one welcomed four from Cink and Campbell, especially considering they were 3-down after six holes. The USA won four holes on the back side -- two with birdies, two with pars -- to stage the rally. Cink called it correctly when he said, "It was a vintage Ryder Cup match. There were some great shots and poor shots by everyone. But neither team gave up and we fought hard to the end.''
Key moments: The USA played the 547-yard perfectly to make birdie and win. Cink bombed a drive, leaving Campbell with a 5-iron approach from 186 yards. He covered the flag, coming up 12 feet behind the hole. It forced the Europeans to try to jam a 10-foot birdie putt into the hole. That resulted in a miss from Poulter after Rose hit the birdie putt some eight feet pass the cup.
Player report cards
Cink: B. Hit a few loose shots that found the water, but came up big on two important shots, a tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole that set up a birdie and set the table for the rally and his 362-yard bomb off the 18th tee that gave Campbell a comfortable 5-iron approach on the final hole. Victory is likely to infuse Cink with a boost of confidence going forward.
Campbell: B+. Ball striking, not putting, is Campbell's strong suit, but he made several key putts that led to the victory. It started with a 6-foot birdie putt that got the team going in the right direction, which was followed by a 14-foot par saver for a pivotal half on 12 and capped by a 10 footer for birdie on the 13th as the United States pulled even.
Rose: C-. The Ryder rookie hit too many drives into the Kentucky Bluegrass rough, especially on the back nine. It put too much pressure on his partner. Then, with a chance to redeem himself on the 18th, he came up short with his second, dumping it into the bunker. There was room for improvement when he went out with Poulter again Friday afternoon.
Poulter: C. Was fairly solid, but was put in too many awkward positions in the long grass to be extremely effective. He was the key to the European's getting off to a quick start.
What They Said
Cink: "That might have been the biggest drive of my life (on the 18th) to be honest. I caught it really solid and hit it on the perfect line.''
Campbell: "We didn't get off to a good start but we kept telling each other we'd fight back one shot at a time. Stewart hit a great shot on eight and that turned the match around.''
Rose: "That was a tough loss. We were 3 up at one point which makes you feel like you shouldn't be losing the game, but that's the Ryder Cup for you.''
Poulter: "It is amazing how it can turn around so quickly. You don't too much wrong but a bit of luck not going your way and a couple of poor shots and we got punished for it. That's a shame. We felt like we were in decent control of the match.''