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Recap: Match 15

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POULTER/MCDOWELL def. PERRY/FURYK, 1 UP

Instant analysis: Two was an extremely lonely number for the United States pair of Perry and Furyk. It represented the holes the team won in this match. But that's no knock on the Americans, who gave it their all, birding five of the last six holes. Try as they might, they could not break the will of the Europeans, who put on an amazing display of pyrotechnics on the Valhalla Golf Club greens. The Europeans one-putted 12 of the last 13 greens, making eight birdies and four improbable pars. It's a wonder the match was that close as it went down to the last putt, a short one for birdie by Poulter.

Key moments: Rare is the day that a Fourball match turns on a par putt, but that's exactly what happened in this one when McDowell knocked a saver in from another zip code on the 500-yard, par-4 sixth. The 45-foot bomb kept the match level and ignited the European team which ran off four consecutive birdies to jump out to a 2-up lead.

Player report cards
Perry: C. The favorite son made only two birdies in the fourball match, providing minimal help to his partner. His biggest blunder came on the ninth hole when he hit his approach inside Poulter (eight feet) and McDowell (six feet). After Poulter made his birdie putt, Perry badly pushed his, failing to even nick the hole. Perry, 48, will need a good night's rest after playing 35 holes Saturday.
Furyk: A. He was tenacious, making six birdies, many of them set up by laser-like iron shots. But his performance was muted by the Europeans. None of his six birdies won a hole.
Poulter: A+. The captain's selection continues to justify his choice with spectacular and highly emotional play. He matched Furyk's birdie total, covering Furyk on the 17th and 18th holes to earn the Europeans a valuable point. Poulter has secured three points for his side out of a possible four. He is going to a handful in the singles.
McDowell: A. The Ryder rookie from Northern Ireland has turned into a firebrand of a competitor. And no stroke of the match was more important than that incredible par saver on the sixth hole. A close second was the 12-foot par saver he made on the 16th, which had Perry walking off the green shaking his head. He's another European to watch in the singles. He has a refuse-to-lose attitude.

What They Said
Poulter:
"It has been an unbelievable two days. First to be picked is a great honor. I'm speechless. I'm running high right now.''