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It was an emotional day at Valhalla for both the U.S. and European teams.(Getty Images)

Live notes: Second day of the Ryder Cup

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SUNDAY SINGLES MATCHES SET (8:20 p.m. ET): The lineups are set for Sunday's Singles matches. U.S. Captain Paul Azinger has front-loaded his lineup with his big guns, while European Captain Nick Faldo has countered by backloading his lineup:

Sunday's Singles Matches
Match Tee Time USA Europe
17 12:03 p.m. ET Anthony Kim Sergio Garcia
18 12:14 p.m. ET Hunter Mahan Paul Casey
19 12:25 p.m. ET Justin Leonard Robert Karlsson
20 12:36 p.m. ET Phil Mickelson Justin Rose
21 12:47 p.m. ET Kenny Perry Henrik Stenson
22 12:58 p.m. ET Boo Weekley Oliver Wilson
23 1:09 p.m. ET J.B. Holmes Soren Hansen
24 1:20 p.m. ET Jim Furyk Miguel Angel Jimenez
25 1:31 p.m. ET Stewart Cink Graeme McDowell
26 1:42 p.m. ET Steve Stricker Ian Poulter
27 1:53 p.m. ET Ben Curtis Lee Westwood
28 2:04 p.m. ET Chad Campbell Padraig Harrington

ANOTHER HALF-POINT (7:15 p.m. ET): The Americans survived a birdie onslaught by Robert Karlsson to split the point in the final match of the afternoon, as Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan halved their match against Karlsson and Henrik Stenson.

Karlsson birdied six holes on the back nine to help get the match all square but Mickelson and Mahan hung tough after that. Karlsson had a chance to win the point outright with an eagle putt on the 18th hole but had to settle for birdie.

The half-point means the Americans will take a 9-7 lead into Sunday's 12 Singles matches. Europe will hope to repeat its 1995 win when it rallied from two points down to beat the U.S. at Oak Hill.

This is just the fourth time since continental Europe was included in the Ryder Cup in 1979 that the Americans have led after the first two days:

After two days
How the U.S. and Europe stood after the first two days
Year After the second day Eventual result
2008 U.S. 9, Europe 7  
2006 Europe 10, U.S. 6 Europe wins, 18-1/2 to 9-1/2
2004 Europe 11, U.S. 5 Europe wins, 18-1/2 to 9-1/2
2002 U.S. Europe tied at 8 Europe wins, 15-1/2 to 12-1/2
1999 Europe 10, U.S. 6 U.S. wins, 14-1/2 to 13-1/2
1997 Europe 10-1/2, U.S. 5-1/2 Europe wins , 14-1/2 to 13-1/2
1995 U.S. 9, Europe 7 Europe wins, 14-1/2 to 13-1/2
1993 Europe 8-1/2, U.S. 7-1/2 U.S. wins, 15 to 13
1991 U.S., Europe tied at 8 U.S. wins, 14-1/2 to 13-1/2
1989 Europe 9, U.S. 7 U.S., Europe tied 14 (Europe retains Cup)
1987 Europe 10-1/2, U.S. 5-1/2 Europe wins, 15 to 13
1985 Europe 9, U.S. 7 Europe wins, 16-1/2 to 11-1/2
1983 U.S., Europe tied at 8 U.S. wins, 14-1/2 to 13-1/2
1981 U.S. 10-1/2, U.S. 5-1/2 U.S. wins, 18-1/2 to 9-1/2
1979 U.S. 8-1/2, Europe 7-1/2 U.S. wins, 17 to 11

BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION (7:10 p.m. ET): Boo Weekley was exuberant but on his best behavior Saturday as he and J.B. Holmes played Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen for the second time in Four-Balls.

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Weekley

The way Weekley was trying to pump up the crowd the first time the two teams met had gotten under Westwood's skin. The Englishman felt Weekley was encouraging cheers while the European Team still had shots to hit.

After the Americans polished off a 2 & 1 victory Saturday, Weekley said he was aware of the comments by Westwood.

"I was, and at the same time, I didn't want to be disrespectful," Weekley said. "The crowds, they're great, and we want them to be behind us, but at the same time have a little more respect. I kind of felt a little bad in some ways, but in some ways I wasn't because this is what they come to see. This is it. This is our stage of being here, and they want to see us win."

Those fans gathered at Valhalla have a special cheer when Weekley players, too -- yelling Boo-S-A, Boo-S-A.

"Hey, that's just a good slogan, isn't it?" Weekley said. "It's awesome. The fans here, we love them. I love them. You know, really not being from Kentucky, but they have adopted me and I have adopted them."

Weekley had the advantage of playing with one of Kentucky's own in Holmes, who grew up about an hour's drive from Louisville.

"It feels awesome, first Ryder Cup, full point, that's just amazing, to be able to do it in my home state," Holmes said. "It's just kind of hard to put into words. I got to play with Boo both times this week, and I didn't know Boo real well before going in here, but Boo is a great guy, a great golfer, and we're having a lot of fun out here."

And what would make it better?

"American victory -- that's what we wish for," Holmes said. "We'll go out and watch the rest of these matches and hopefully we can pull them in here and get ready for tomorrow." -- Helen Ross

MORE ON CHEERING (7:10 p.m. ET): Lee Westwood had no issues with Boo Weekley's cheerleading on Saturday during their second Four-ball match.

"It was fine," Westwood said. "He (didn't) do it in between the shots like he did yesterday, so he's obviously learned. He apologized last night, which is the kind of man he is. He's a nice guy. We get on really well."

Weekley and J.B. Holmes also ended Westwood's 12-match unbeaten streak that left him tied with Arnold Palmer for the best all-time. The record, though, paled in comparison to the chance to contribute a much-needed point to the European side.

"It was more about winning points for the team than an individual record," Westwood said. "The Ryder Cup is not about individuals. It's about the team. While it's nice to be tied with Arnold, it's disappointing to have not won a point." -- Helen Ross

POULTER-McDOWELL WIN (7:05 p.m. ET): Thanks to Ian Poulter, who birdied the last two holes and six overall while teaming with Graeme McDowell, the Europeans pulled off a much-needed 1-up win over Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry.

The Americans now lead 8-1/2 to 6-1/2 with one match left in the afternoon session.

HALF-POINT (6:47 p.m. ET): A tight battle between Sergio Garcia-Paul Casey and Ben Curtis-Steve Stricker ended appropriately in a halve, as just two of the 18 holes in the match were won outright.

The Americans have to be pleased to get a half-point in the match, given Garcia's Ryder Cup history and the fact both Garcia and Casey were given a rest Saturday morning (in fairness, neither Curtis nor Stricker played in the morning Foursomes too).

"That was so much fun," Stricker said. "We weren't supposed to win that match but we hung in there."

Added Curtis: "To get a half when no one expected, that's a great feeling."

NINTH BEST (6:30 p.m. ET): One of the key shots in the J.B. Holmes-Boo Weekley win was Weekley's approach shot out of the bunker at the 15th hole that landed 18 inches from the pin. That allowed the Americans to halve the hole and stay 2 up.

Asked where that shot ranked in his career, Weekley replied: "I have to say No. 9. I done had eight holes-in-one."

KARLSSON ... WOW (6:14 p.m. ET): Robert Karlsson just birdied his fourth straight hole, and sixth in the last seven holes, as the Swede keeps putting the pressure on Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan to keep up with him.

The match currently is all square going into the final three holes after Mickelson and Mahan were 2up after the 11th hole.

Graeme McDowell is nearly as hot for Europe, having birdied two of his last four hole and holing several long putts.

With the loss of Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen in the first match of the afternoon, Europe can ill avoid being shut out in the other three matches. The biggest deficit one team was able to overcome to win on the final day since 1979 was four points by the U.S. in 1999.

HOLMES-WEEKLEY WIN (5:45 p.m. ET): The Americans claim the first point of the afternoon session, with J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley beating Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen 2 & 1. That gives the Americans an 8-5 lead in points.

The loss is the first for Westwood in his last 13 matches Ryder Cup matches. Westwood, who had rested in the morning session, had not lost since losing to Scott Verplank in Singles 2 &1 in the 2002 Ryder Cup.

STENSON-KARLSSON CLAW BACK (5:41 p.m. ET): Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson have won the last two holes and are now all square with Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan. The American duo have yet to post a birdie on the back nine.

TIGER'S WATCHING (4:40 p.m. ET): If there's any doubt that Tiger Woods is paying attention to the Ryder Cup, that was dispelled by NBC Sports, which reported that Woods send U.S. captain Paul Azinger on the eve of the matches Thursday.

Then on Saturday, Mark Rolfing interviewed former NBA great Michael Jordan, a fervent Ryder Cup fan, who also received a text from Woods.

After NBC showed Jordan giving European captain Nick Faldo a rub of the shoulders the day, Woods sent a message to "put a little choke hold on him instead."

Woods never ceases to stay competitive. -- Dave Shedloski

WHO PLAYS LAST? (4:39 p.m.ET): Four players on each team have been relegated to cheerleading roles in each of the first four sessions. All 12 will play on Sunday, though, in the all-important Singles.

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Leonard

Ever wonder how the order of play is determined? Who goes out first to set the tone? Who wants the pressure if the Ryder Cup goes down to the final match?

Well, Justin Leonard says its a group effort.

"It's a team decision, figuring out where guys are more comfortable playing," Leonard said. "Obviously, ... we've got a lot of guys playing very well, which makes it a little more difficult.

"We've got 12 guys that are all warriors, and I think every point or half point is very important. Every spot is important. I feel like there aren't any bad decisions as far as where to put guys tomorrow." -- Helen Ross

AT THE TURN (4:38 p.m. ET): All four matches have now reached the back nine. The Americans lead in two, the Europeans in one, with the other match all squared.

The two closest matches are the first two. Boo Weekley-J.B. Holmes were once 3-up, but Lee Westwood-Soren Hansen have battled back and now are just 1 down.

Meanwhile, if Steve Stricker-Ben Curtis can pull the upset over Sergio Garcia-Paul Casey, that would be a huge point for the U.S. Stricker and Curtis struggled in their Friday Four-Ball loss, and Garcia and Casey are both fresh after sitting out Saturday's session.

LEADING MAN (4:12 p.m. ET): Ian Poulter, the only European player to have played all four matches thus far, has spent most of the last two days with the lead.

Of his 57 holes to date, Poulter and his partners (Justin Rose, now Graeme McDowell) have led after 41 of those holes. In fact, Poulter has only trailed after two holes -- including the 18th hole on Friday morning when he and Rose lost to Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell in Foursomes.

PHIL'S ROLLING (4:04 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson enjoyed playing with Anthony Kim ... and it appears he doesn't mind having Hunter Mahan as a sidekick either.

Mickelson has two birdies and an eagle in his first seven holes as he and Mahan have gone 2 up over Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson in the final match of the afternoon.

Although Mickelson and Mahan did play together in last year's Presidents Cup, Mahan is Mickelson's 11th different Ryder Cup partner.

Phil's Ryder Cup playing partners
Partner Record Total points
David Toms 3 wins, 2 losses, 1 halve 3-1/2
Tom Lehman 1 win, 0 losses, 2 halves 2
Anthony Kim 1 win, 1 loss, 1 tie 1-1/2
Jay Haas 1 win, 0 loss 1
Corey Pavin 1 win, 0 loss 1
Chris DiMarco 0 wins, 2 losses, 1 halve 1/2
David Duval 0 wins, 1 loss 0
Tiger Woods 0 win, 2 losses 0
Davis Love III 0 win, 1 loss 0
Jim Furyk 0 win, 1 loss 0

PADDY TAKES A REST (3:25 p.m. ET): Padraig Harrington wasn't disappointed to take the afternoon off after playing in the first three sessions of the 37th Ryder Cup.

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Harrington

"I needed a rest," the Irishman said after grinding to a half point and two losses. "I worked really hard. ... A little bit off of my game, so had to work hard to get the ball in the hole as best I could."

Harrington said he was struggling with his alignment, so the three-time major champion planned to hit the range "and try and find the key, so that I can play tomorrow" in the all-important Singles.

Two other high profile players -- Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood -- had sat out the morning Foursomes. Harrington said Garcia, who hasn't been feeling well, asked for the break. Westwood, on the other hand, wanted to play.

Trailing by three points, the Europeans needed to make up ground. So the absence of Garcia, who hasn't lost in nine Foursomes matches, and Westwood, riding a 12-match non-losing streak, took many people by surprise. Turns out, European Captain Nick Faldo seemed to know what he was doing as his team closed the gap to two. .

"We needed a big morning. We got that big morning," Harrington said. "You've got to be behind your captain when he does something like that, and as I said, it really has worked out. Maybe should have rested me this morning. You know, would have made it a bit easier for me, too, struggling a bit in Four-ball.

"I think we need a big afternoon. If we can win this afternoon, that would put us in a good position tomorrow, because we have rested players, and it looks like the team is playing well. It looks like the guys are playing well, and that's important going into the singles to have some fresh guys playing well." -- Helen Ross

Harrington's drought
Padraig Harrington has failed to win a match outright in his last eight Ryder Cup matches
Year Format Result
2006 Four-Balls Lost (with Montgomerie) to Woods-Furyk, 1-up
2006 Foursomes Halved (with McGinley) against Campbell-Johnson
2006 Four-Balls Lost (with Stenson) to Verplank-Johnson, 2 & 1
2006 Foursomes Lost (with McGinley) to Woods-Furyk, 3 & 2
2006 Singles Lost to Verplank, 3 & 2
2008 Foursomes Halved (with Karlsson) against Mickelson-Kim
2008 Four-Balls Lost (with McDowell) to Mickelson-Kim, 2-up
2008 Foursomes Lost (with Karlsson) to Furyk-Perry, 3 & 1

U.S. LOOKS GOOD EARLY (3 p.m. ET): While all of the afternoon Four-Ball matches remain tight, the U.S. leads in three of them, with the other match (Kenny Perry-Jim Furyk vs. Ian Poulter-Graeme McDowell) all square.

Ben Curtis is playing better Saturday than he did Friday; his birdie on the second hole is the difference right now in his match (with partner Steve Stricker) against Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey.

Meanwhile, Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes have won two consecutive holes; with Weekley again pumping up the crowd. So far, no lingering stares from Lee Westwood.

16TH TOO LONG? (2:56 p.m. ET): Justin Leonard isn't a big fan of the 511-yard 16th, the longest par 4 at Valhalla.

"16 is a very difficult hole with an extremely shallow green," Leonard said. "That hole, I don't know if playing it at 510 yards, if that green is really built for a 3- or 4-iron."

Of course, acknowledged Leonard, not every player is hitting such a long iron into that hole.

"Boo Weekley hit an 8-iron in there yesterday and I'm sure J.B. (Holmes) hit a wedge, so I may be the only one thinking this way. But the 16th green is a little shallow for my 3-iron."

THE 'FAT KID' (2:43 p.m. ET): To say Justin Rose and Ian Poulter go way back may be an understatement.

After all, how many people can stand behind Poulter as he's sizing up a putt and say, "Come on, Poults, the fat kid from Milton Keynes, knock it in."

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Poulter and Rose

That's just what Rose did on the 14th green of their Foursomes match with Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell on Saturday morning. Poulter made the birdie to put the Europeans 3 up and one hole later the duo had secured a 3 & 2 victory over Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell.

"Just because I've just known him from way back when, and I just had this moment come over me, really," Rose said. "My mind went back to Challenge Tour days and just how far we'd come. It was just an amazing moment of perspective, and obviously he knocked the putt in and it was a key putt in our whole game. It swung the momentum back our way.

"That's how close our friendship is, that we can kind of see where we both come from, and therefore it makes us playing the Ryder Cup together pretty special."

Another thing that was pretty special was having European Captain Nick Faldo send the two out first in the Foursomes session. Europe went into the session trailing the U.S. by three points but made one up in winning two matches, halving another and losing just one.

"So that kind of told us what we needed to do and what was expected and what he hoped for," Rose said. "So it was nice to go out there and do the job, put that blue number on the board ASAP and lead from the front. So that was our job today, and that was incredibly a special moment, really, to have that responsibility." -- Helen Ross

SURPRISE WIN (2:30 p.m. ET): Oliver Wilson and partner Henrik Stenson were 4- down after just six holes and appeared to be teetering on the edge of getting blown out in their match against Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim.

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Wilson

But Wilson said panic never set in, that the European duo just wanted to chip away at the lead and hope Mickelson-Kim came back to earth.

"We felt like they're not going to keep up that kind of play," said Wilson, the Ryder Cup rookie from Mansfield, England. "It's almost impossible to keep making that amount of birdies out there. ... If we can keep the pressure on every hole, as the holes go down, it gets tougher for them. ... We had nothing to lose when we were 4 down."

And so the Europeans rallied, finally getting all squared on the 12th hole, then taking the lead on the 15th. And when Wilson rolled in a 25-foot putt for birdie on the 17th, Europe completed the stunning rally.

"I felt like I've been waiting to hole that putt all year," Wilson said. "You know, I've done quite a few things like that in my amateur career, and it's annoying that I haven't done it as a professional. I love team competition and there's no better stage to do it on."

CAPTAINS REACT (2:05 p.m. ET): European captain Nick Faldo was in a much happier place after Saturday morning's session than he was following the end of of play Friday.

After all, not only did his team win two matches and halve another to reduce their deficit to two points, but his controversial pairings didn't blow up in his face.

"They had their day yesterday and we're here in good spirit," Faldo said. "Golf amazing, isn't it? Unbelievable ... It's a bumpy road at times, isn't it, to get to a victory?"

By resting four players -- including Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood for the first time time in their Ryder Cup careers -- Faldo's risky move could pay off if the rested Europeans can lead an afternoon charge.

"They are going to be really pumped up from what they have just seen," Faldo said.

Meanwhile, it wasn't as good of a morning for U.S. Captain Paul Azinger. His team could've seized control of the Ryder Cup had they been able to maintain the momentum of Friday's play. He certainly didn't expect to see Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim to blow a 4-up lead to Henrik Stenson and Ryder Cup rookie Oliver Wilson.

"It was crazy out there," Azinger said of the see-saw battles at Valhalla. "It was an awful feeling, to be honest with you."

THE FULL FIVE (1:35 p.m. ET): Just three players will end up playing all five matches at this week's Ryder Cup: USA players Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan (who are partners on Saturday afternoon) and Europe's Ian Poulter, who was a Captain's pick.

Two years ago at the K Club, three players on each side played all five matches.

ON SECOND THOUGHT (1:25 p.m. ET): U.S. Captain Paul Azinger indicated to NBC that if he could do it over again, he would've sent out Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk in the final group instead of the third group Saturday afternoon.

Because the captains must set their pairings around noon, usually before the morning session is over, Azinger though Perry and Furyk -- with a comfortable lead -- would finish their match before Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim. Thus, he opted to send Mickelson out in the final group of the afternoon with new partner Hunter Mahan, giving Mickelson a little more time to rest.

As it turned out, the Perry-Furyk match against Robert Karlsson and Padraig Harrington went nearly a half-hour longer than Mickelson's match (a loss to Oliver Wilson and Henrik Stenson).

HANGOVER EFFECT? (1:15 p.m. ET): Hunter Mahan and his partner, Justin Leonard, missed an opportunity to win a full point in the morning when they blew a 1-up lead with one hole to play and had to settle for a halve against Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell.

But Mahan said he will not be stewing about the result when he tees off with new partner Phil Mickelson in the afternoon Four-Ball,

"It is what it is," Mahan said. "You handle it. It's the only way you can do it. You can't sit there and wonder about it. It's over."

FURYK-PERRY WIN (12:43 p.m. ET): Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk finished off Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson 3 & 1, giving the Americans their only win Saturday morning. The U.S. will take a 7-5 lead going into the afternoon Four-Balls.

HALF-POINT (12:32 p.m. ET): Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell birdied the par-5 18th to win the hole and halve their match against Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan.

Leonard, who had been draining putts all morning, had a chance to win the match but missed a makeable birdie putt.

"It was a good halve," Leonard said. "I'd love to have made that putt on 18. But both sides played really well."

Leonard was then asked about sitting out the afternoon session.

"I'm probably better served tomorrow if I rest," he said.

UPSET BECOMES REALITY (12:12 p.m. ET): Oliver Wilson and Henrik Stenson have closed out their 2 & 1 shocker over Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim. That reduces the European deficit to just one point. But the U.S. leads in the other two matches.

AFTERNOON PAIRINGS OUT (12:10 p.m. ET): The afternoon Four-Ball pairings are out, and there are again some surprises.

U.S. Captain Paul Azinger has broken up the duo of Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan, even though they've yet to lose in their first three matches. Anthony Kim, who has played the first three matches with Phil Mickelson, will sit out the afternoon.

Meanwhile, European Captain Nick Faldo will break up the duo of Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, who have won their last two matches and have been the most effective duo for Europe. Padraig Harrington, who has won two majors this year, will sit out.

Here's how it sets up for Saturday afternoon:

Saturday afternoon Four-Ball
Match Tee time USA Europe
13 12:45 p.m. ET Boo Weekley
J.B. Holmes
Lee Westwood
Soren Hansen
14 1 p.m. ET Ben Curtis
Steve Stricker
Sergio Garcia
Paul Casey
15 1:15 p.m. ET Kenny Perry
Jim Furyk
Ian Poulter
Graeme McDowell
16 1:30 p.m. ET Phil Mickelson
Hunter Mahan
Henrik Stenson
Robert Karlsson
NOT PLAYING: Anthony Kim, Stewart Cink, Chad Campbell, Justin Leonard (USA); Padraig Harrington, Oliver Wilson, Justin Rose, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe)

FINALLY, A LEAD CHANGE (11:53 a.m. ET): Lead changes have been few and far between -- or have come late -- in these team matches thus far.

It took nearly four hours in Saturday's Foursomes matches before the first lead change, as Oliver Wilson and Henrik Stenson have just gone 1 up on Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim, who at one time had been 4 up.

Until then, Europe has never trailed in the first two matches and America has never trailed in the latter two. Just nine times in the four matches have the teams been square, other than on the first tee, of course.

Still, the golf remains riveting. -- Dave Shedloski

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO MICKELSON-KIM? (11:45 a.m. ET): After six holes, the American duo of Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim were rolling, 4 up over Henrik Stenson and Oliver Wilson.

But since then, the wheels have come off. They bogeyed four of their next eight holes and are now all squared. And after two more bad shots, they're in danger of losing the 15th hole and falling behind.

It'll be the shocker of the Ryder Cup thus far if Mickelson-Kim lose this match.

ROSE-POULTER WIN (11:32 a.m. ET): Ian Poulter and Justin Rose have avenged their loss from Friday morning, handily beating Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell 4 & 3. It's the second consecutive match win for the European duo, and it reduces Europe's deficit to two points with three matches still going Saturday morning. Two of those matches are currently all squared.

TIGHTENING UP (11:20 a.m. ET): What looked like a morning full of routs have suddenly turned into potential nail-biters.

Europe's Ian Poulter-Justin Rose are still in control of their match, but the USA duo of Phil Mickelson-Anthony Kim have lost a 4-up lead and are now all square against Henrik Stenson-Oliver Wilson.

It would be a huge boost, obviously, to the European side if Stenson-Wilson can pull off the upset.

Meanwhile, Jim Furyk-Kenny Perry are trying to hold on, leading 2 up, while the second match of the morning appears to be going down to the wire.

WESTWOOD'S RESPONSE (10:45 a.m. ET): Europe's Lee Westwood told Jimmy Roberts of NBC that he did not ask to sit out the morning Foursomes.

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Westwood

Earlier TV and newspaper reports indicated Westwood had blisters on his feet from a new set of golf shoes. In addition, he had recently recovered from another bout with tonsilitis. The affable Englishman, following the morning matches at Valhalla in a golf cart, said the blisters weren't an issue.

"I wanted to play," said Westwood, who had never sat out a session in five previous appearances, having played 27 consecutive sessions. "This is the Ryder Cup. I would play with my arm hanging off. But Nick is the captain and he wanted fresh legs."

Westwood halved both his matches on Friday so he has now tied Arnold Palmer for the longest unbeaten stretch in Ryder Cup history at 12 matches. -- Helen Ross

EUROS RALLYING (10:35 a.m. ET): The two American teams who had been 4 up have now seen their leads cut in half as they matches are about to reach the turn.

Europe's Oliver Wilson-Henrik Stenson won the seventh and eighth holes, and are now just 2 down to Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim. Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson won the sixth and seventh holes and are 2 down to Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry.

WINS COLUMN (10:30 a.m. ET): England's Oliver Wilson, who is playing his first Ryder Cup match on Saturday after sitting out both of Friday's sessions, is the only player on either side who has yet to win on either the PGA TOUR or the European Tour.

Here's the breakdown of wins for each player (both tours combined):

Winning ledger
USA Europe
Player Wins Player Wins
Phil Mickelson 35 Padraig Harrington 19
Jim Furyk 13 Lee Westwood 19
Kenny Perry 12 Miguel Angel Jimenez 15
Justin Leonard 12 Sergio Garcia 13
Stewart Cink 5 Paul Casey 8
Chad Campbell 4 Robert Karlsson 8
Steve Stricker 4 Ian Poulter 7
Ben Curtis 3 Henrik Stenson 6
Anthony Kim 2 Graeme McDowell 4
J.B. Holmes 2 Justin Rose 4
Boo Weekley 2 Soren Hansen 2
Hunter Mahan 1 Oliver Wilson 0
Note: Wins include both PGA TOUR and European tour wins

BRITISH VERSION (10:10 a.m. ET): The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) provides radio coverage of the Ryder Cup, and the feed is available this week on the grounds of Valhalla Golf Club.

Suffice it to say that the commentators are much more colorful -- and direct -- than American television announcers who tend to soften criticism and encapsulate negativity in nuance (the exception being Johnny Miller).

Therefore, you tend to here some unintentionally funny but refreshing observations when listening to the Brits, such as the description of the proceedings in Saturday's Foursomes match in which Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim won three of the first four holes over Henrik Stenson and rookie Oliver Wilson, who is seeing his first action of the week.

The Euro duo were described as "lambs to the slaughter," given how effective Mickelson and Kim have been thus far.

One could hear several writers chuckling at that one. -- Dave Shedloski

THE ROUTS ARE ON (9:57 a.m. ET): Yes, it's still early. And if Friday's results show anything, matches can turn relatively quickly.

Nevertheless, three of the matches are already lopsided. Europeans Ian Poulter-Justin Rose lead 5 up while Americans Phil Mickelson-Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry-Jim Furyk lead the matches 4 up.

If it holds, that means the key match of the morning is shaping up to be Justin Leonard-Hunter Mahan vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez-Graeme McDowell.

Leonard-Mahan won both their matches on Friday and Jimenez and McDowell, who have never played together, lost the matches they participated in.

If Europe can win that match and essentially split the morning session to keep the deficit at three points, it would be a moral victory and perhaps give them a bit of momentum when Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood return for the afternoon session.

Jimenez-McDowell are currently 2 up.

ONE DECISION WORKS (9:32 a.m. ET): Nick Faldo is taking plenty of heat for his decision to bench Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood in Saturday's Foursomes, but there's little doubt that at least one of his controversial moves is turning out to be a good call.

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Poulter

Ian Poulter, whom Faldo selected instead of the seemingly more obvious choice of Darren Clarke, is justifying the European Captain's faith in him. Poulter and teammate Justin Rose are already 4 up on Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell, and the duo posted Europe's only win on Day 1.

But it's the decision to sit Garcia and Westwood -- neither player had previously never missed a Ryder Cup session -- that may define Faldo's career.

Faldo, however, suggested that it was Garcia's decision to sit out. And he said Westwood had blisters on his feet from new shoes.

"Sergio wanted to be rested.," Faldo said earlier today. "Lee definitely didn't but I wanted him to be. We still have 20 points to play for."

OFF THE TEES (8:52 a.m. ET): Now that all the matches in the alternate-shot format have started, here is how the players will hit off the tees:

Odds and Evens
Match Odd tees Even tees
9 Justin Rose (Europe)
Chad Campbell (USA)
Ian Poulter (Europe)
Stewart Cink (USA)
10 Graeme McDowell (Europe)
Justin Leonard (USA)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe)
Hunter Mahan (USA)
11 Oliver Wilson (Europe)
Phil Mickelson (USA)
Henrik Stenson (Europe)
Anthony Kim (USA)
12 Padraig Harrington (Europe)
Jim Furyk (USA)
Robert Karlsson (Europe)
Kenny Perry (USA)

WHY GARCIA, WESTWOOD ARE SITTING (8:30 a.m. ET): Nick Faldo said he made the controversial decision to sit Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood on Saturday morning -- the first time in each player's respective Ryder Cup career to not play a match -- so that both would be fresh for the rest of the competition.

He said the Spaniard, who was on antibiotics last week, told him Friday during the lunch break that he was running out of gas. "Sergio was shot," Faldo said. "He needed his rest."

Westwood reportedly has blisters, and recently recovered from a bout with tonsilitis, but is otherwise fine. -- Helen Ross

FASHION UPDATE (8:15 a.m. ET): The Americans are dressed for the overcast morning that began with light rain falling. Their navy pants won't show mud as well as the white ones worn by the European Team.

The U.S. players are wearing in navy-and-white striped shirts and navy vests. The Europeans shirts are similar to the ones they wore on Friday -- one stripe in the front and six on the back -- but today's colors are turquoise and white as opposed to gray and white for the opening round.

Anthony Kim may have the best accessory, though. Instead of the signature AK belt he wore on Friday, Kim is sporting a red-white-and-blue USA buckle -- and he made sure the vest was tucked in behind it so all the fans can see it. -- Helen Ross

WEATHER UPDATE (8 a.m. ET): Despite some early-morning showers, play on the second day has gone off as scheduled. The skies remain overcast, but there is just a 10 percent chance of precipitation through 10 a.m., and then zero percent chance for the rest of the day. Winds will not be a factor either, with gusts only up to 6 mph.