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Recap: Match 6

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POULTER/ROSE def. STRICKER, CURTIS, 4 AND 2

Instant analysis: America managed to hang in early, but Curtis couldn't find the range and failed to make a birdie, and Stricker couldn't counter the English pair, who nearly alternated in scoring over the last seven holes. After suffering a disappointing loss in the morning Foursomes, Rose and Poulter played steadily and made the most of six birdies.

Key moments: Europe went 2 up with by winning the sixth with a par and then Poulter's 6-foot birdie at the seventh, and then held off a short barrage from Sticker by sticking approaches in the middle of the round to gain crucial halves.

Player report cards
Curtis: C-. No birdies might mean a prolonged seat on the bench on Saturday.
Stricker: B. Kept Team USA in it with some great iron shots.
Poulter: B+. Made most of the Euro birdies and his 2 at the par-3 14th was a Yankee killer.
Rose: B+. Scrambled well to complement his teammate.

What They Said
Poulter: "It has been a long day. It was nice to get back out on the golf course certainly after a little bit of a disappointing finish to this morning's round. We came back out firing with all guns and we played great. This afternoon it was pretty flawless, so it was nice to get out there with Justin."

Rose: "We had each other's backs and even this morning, with the shots on 16 and 17, we had some beautiful up and downs and in some ways I actually felt like we were strong in foursomes so it was nice to get out there this afternoon having lost the foursomes."

Curtis: "You know, we kind of left each other hanging every hole. We never really played well, the two of us, on any given hole, so it was always one or the other. You know, when you're playing best ball you can't do that. You've got to be both in the fairway, both on the green and give yourself both looks at birdies, and we didn't do that today."