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Recap: Match 5
Instant analysis: : For the second straight match, the Americans rallied from 3 down -- this time to add a point to the halve they took in the opening Foursomes. Not to mention, Padraig Harrington, who has won the last two majors, came up short in each match, which has to be a confidence builder for the U.S. Team. Mickelson made seven birdies, including the final one, which was conceded, to carry the team.
Key moments: Europe took the early lead, but the scrappy Americans kept the pressure on. By the time they made the turn what had been a 3-down deficit was just 1, and the last six holes belonged to the Mickelson and Kim. They won three with birdies, two with pars and the finale when first Harrington and the McDowell were unable to convert lengthy birdie putts.
Player report cards
Mickelson: A. Mickelson was energized by this pairing with Kim. He plays best when he's able to freewheel it, and that's exactly what he did. He's earned as many points on Friday as he earned in the last two Ryder Cups combined.
Kim: B-. Kim should get an A+ for bringing out the best in his partner -- not to mention, for the variety of fist-pumps following their birdies. He wasn't really on his own game, though, and he admitted as much after the round. Regardless, expect the two to play together on Saturday.
Harrington: C. The three-time major champion is one of Nick Faldo's go-to guys, but Friday he went in the wrong direction. He only made three birdies and his normally dead-on putting deserted him. Don't expect this inconsistency to continue, though -- the Dubliner is much too tough for that.
McDowell: C. It wasn't all that bad a Ryder Cup debut for the Irishman. His ball counted on 10 holes and he made three birdies. He and Harrington just were no match for the red-hot Mickelson.
What They Said
Mickelson: "It was a fun day for us. I thought being 3 down in both, we played with a lot of heart and lot of emotion to pull these off. We have a lot of work to do. ... I love playing with this guy. He has a youthfulness and he's a lot of fun."