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Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy pulled Europe level (Getty Images)

Europe take the foursomes

Europe won both the foursomes matches in Session Three to draw level with the United States at 6-6 and set up a mouth-watering finish to Sunday.

 Lee Westwood and Luke Donald destroyed Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 6&5, and then Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell saw off Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan 2&1. Europe were well placed in the four remaining fourballs of the third session as the contest was balanced on a knife edge ahead of the singles in the fourth session, now being played on Monday because of torrential rain which delayed Sunday’s start until 13:30.

Europe have gained some momentum with their foursomes triumphs, so the fourballs need to keep it going in order to be ahead at the end of play.

Donald said: “Seeing that they (Woods and Stricker) won both their matches, they were 2 0.  It was nice to go out there and just show that they are beatable. We played great together. Hats off to Lee -he was an unbelievable partner.

“It feels great.  We thought they were going to come out strong, and we needed to come out stronger.  That putt Westy holed on the tenth was just magnificent.  I can't even put it into words.  It's just amazing to see that go in and to go five up just gave us a huge boost and hopefully it ran through the team.”

Westwood said: “Monty wanted us to go out and make a fast start this afternoon and get some momentum going, and that putt was just the right way to get the crowd up for it and get them cheering so everyone else can hear it around the golf course so they can see a big winning margin go up on the board. It does a lot for everybody's confidence.”

McIlroy, who holed a birdie putt at the 17th to seal the victory, was delighted to get his first win on the board after halving one and losing one yesterday.

“For me it's great to win a point but it's more important for the team,” said the 21 year old. “We are rallying today and we just really need to keep it going to win the first two matches and lead from the front. That's what we set out to do and we have been able to do it.”

McDowell added: “The crowd were huge the last couple of days.  We had a big night last night. Our strategy today was we knew the US were going to come out and go hard at us this morning. Zach Johnson holed a 40 footer on the first green. If we needed any indication how they felt, that was it.  We had to dig deep.

“Monty has been very inspirational this week.  We have a great backroom staff.  We desperately want to win this.  This session is enormous for us and we are going to go out and shout the boys on right now.”

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