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Fourball Session 1 - Notes

Notes and stats following the completion of the opening fourball session.


The United States won the first session 2½-1½. This represents the first time they have won the opening session on European soil since 1989, when they won the foursomes 3-1.The last time they won two consecutive opening sessions was in 1989 and 1991, having won the Friday morning foursomes in 2008.


Lee Westwood / Martin Kaymer (3 and 2) v Phil Mickelson / Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson hit the opening tee shot. He was the first rookie to have that honour since Paul Lawrie at the Country Club in 1999. Johnson was Mickelson’s 12th different Ryder Cup partner. Lee Westwood made the first birdie of The 2010 Ryder Cup with a birdie four at the second. Westwood claims his seventh win in fourball and his eighth point overall in fourball play. Moves to fourth in the all-time list of most fourball points for Europe, with eight.


Rory McIlroy / Graeme McDowell    v Stewart Cink / Matt Kuchar   All Square

First time two Northern Irishman have partnered each other in a Ryder Cup match. Rory McIlroy became the sixth youngest player to represent Europe, aged 21 and 149 days. Stewart Cink continued his unbeaten record in fourball play; played five, won one, halved four. Now equals the American record for most fourball halved matches, to join Gene Littler.

Ian Poulter/ Ross Fisher v Steve Stricker/  Tiger Woods (2 holes)

Tiger Woods claims his fifth win in Ryder Cup fourball contests from his 11th game. For Steve Sticker it was third time lucky. Played against Ian Poulter twice in 2008, losing both times; in the day one fourballs and then again in the singles.


Luke Donald / Padraig Harrington v Bubba Watson / Jeff Overton (3 & 2)

Jeff Overton made the first American birdie of The 2010 Ryder Cup with a birdie three at the first hole. Overton and Bubba Watson became the first American rookies to play together in the opening session and win since Andy Bean and Lee Elder in 1979.

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