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Recap: Match 11
Instant analysis: Losing this match may prove pivotal to the United States' chances at regaining the Ryder Cup. Mickelson and Kim started out like tornadoes, blowing through the European pair with three birdies and a seemingly commanding 4-up lead through six holes. But just like that, the Mickleson-Kim magic went "poof!" The U.S. pair started missing fairways and greens and putts, but not water hazards. Two rinsed balls, three hole concessions and a spate of other American bogies allowed Europe to turn the tables. This happened while Stenson and Wilson needed just one birdie to seize the lead.
Key moments: The Americans' demise started on the seventh hole and never abated. Simply put, Mickelson and Kim made a real mess of the 601-yard, par-5, while the Europeans were on life support. It started when Mickelson missed the fairway wide right (a shot that would haunt him the rest of the match) by a Kentucky mile. Kim chipped back into the fairway out of a pile of rocks then Mickelson hit the rock abutment near the green, giving Kim an awkward short-sided downhill chip that he dumped in the pond. The Americans would not win another hole.
Player report cards
Mickelson: F. Just lost his swing after the sixth hole, opening the door for the European comeback. It started with a wide-right drive on the seventh and the shot pattern never left him. Plus he seemed to allow the misses off the tee to creep into other parts of his game. Mickelson needs to find his driving game in a hurry since he's headed out again this afternoon in the fourball with Hunter Mahan.
Kim: D. Mickelson wasn't the only culprit here. Kim missed his share of shots as well, especially tee shots on the par-3 eighth and the par-3 14th that led to key American bogies. Needs some fine tuning for the singles and would be wise to head to the range Saturday afternoon.
Stenson: B. The grade was earned thanks to mental fortitude. Seemingly out of the match through six holes, Stenson never gave up and kept on plugging. Plus he likely had something to do with his partner, the rookie Wilson, hanging in there as well.
Wilson: B. Made the key putt in the match, notching a 30-footer for birdie on the par-4 17th to complete a stunning comeback. Like Stenson, he hung tough, never allowing the pressure of his first Ryder Cup match or the early deficit to hamper his performance.
What They Said
Stenson: "It's always nice to come from behind to win a match. I think the key for us was getting away with a (bogey) four on the 14th after I hit a horrible tee shot to the right. They three-putted to give us a halve.''
Wilson: "I've been waiting to hit that putt (on 17) all year. It was a tough game. We got off to a rough start, but we edged our way back in and to win it the way we did was awesome.''