Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer get the first point on the baord (Getty Images)
Westwood and Kaymer give Europe first blood
Lee Westwood was at his best to inspire a 3&2 win over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson as first blood went to Europe.
Sarah Gwynn, European Tour Editorial Staff
Resuming the first session fourballs after a rain-affected first day, Westwood picked up where he left off and, with the support of Martin Kaymer, extended his fine Ryder Cup record.
The Englishman was solid on the 13th and 14th and then drove the green on the par four 15th when the three other players in the group missed. When Mickelson missed from ten feet after chipping out of a greenside bunker, Westwood was left with a simple putt for birdie to put Europe two up.
Kaymer’s par at the 16th then wrapped up the job as Mickelson could only manage a bogey five.
Westwood, who has the most points of any player in either team this week, now with 17½, said: “Monty sent us out first to get an early point on the board and that’s what we’ve done, 3&2. The support from the crowd is incredible. I know what to expect but it seems to get better and better. The noise on every tee, every green and all the way down the fairways is brilliant.”
Kaymer added: “I get goosebumps on every hole. It is nice to play my first Ryder Cup match and start my Ryder Cup career with a win. I didn’t play well for the first six holes yesterday. I was very nervous as I am not used to that pressure. But I took a little nap in the break and after that I was much better and enjoyed it and felt comfortable.”