Molinari plays away in European anchor role
With a characteristically neat drive off the first tee of Medinah’s No. 3 Course from Francesco Molinari – playing in the anchor match of the Sunday singles against Tiger Woods – all 12 of José María Olazábal’s European team were out on the course early on Saturday afternoon in Chicago as they continued their bid to overturn a four point overnight deficit.
After the Spaniard had decided to pack his form players into the early half of the draw, with England’s Luke Donald leading the European line against Bubba Watson, there was a mix of blue and red peppering the leaderboards as the final day of The 2012 Ryder Cup progressed.
Donald was doing his Captain proud, too, as the Europeans attempted to claim the eight points they need on Sunday to retain the Samuel Ryder Trophy, as the World Number Three plotted his way serenely around the Illinois layout to reach three up over the big hitting American through 11 holes.
As yesterday’s hero Ian Poulter fought back from two down to get back all square against Webb Simpson in the second match on reaching the turn, Rory McIlroy, who had earlier had a close call after arriving late to the course following a mix up regarding his tee time, got to two up over Keegan Bradley through nine holes.
Paul Lawrie was another European leading his tie as Sunday progressed, after chipping in from 50 feet on the fourth and a five foot eagle at the next hole to reach two up through seven.
With pockets of Americans also taking the game to the Europeans, there were plenty of twists and turns to come.