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Match 3 - Saturday Fourballs

Casey/Howell beat Furyk/Campbell by 1 hole

September 18, 2004

Hole 18 - Big hitting Casey and Campbell overcome the nerves and hit perfect drives. Howell finds fairway bunker while Furyk is in the rough. Casey finds the putting surface but faces treacherous curling 34 footer while Campbell's second is just short of the green, 35 feet from pin. Furyk and Howell both in greenside bunker. Furyk splashes out very short, about 30 feet, while Howell lands his ball 15 feet away. Campbell chips well past, 10 feet
away. Casey makes fine lag put to four feet. Campbell misses his tricky downhill putt while Furyk also fails to make par. Spotlight falls on Casey as he holes out for a rousing victory for the two rookies by one hole.

Hole 17 - Another great iron shot from Howell to seven feet on the tough 200 yard par three. Furyk makes a great chip to 18 inches to secure a par and force Howell to make his birdie putt to win the hole. Rookie Howell handles the pressure magnificently and holes out to put the match all square heading for 18.

Hole 16 - A terrific putt for a birdie three by Campbell from 25 feet puts the American one up. Howell missed similar putt also for a three to put the pressure back on the Europeans.

Hole 15 - Howell is the hero on 15 after hitting a pin point second to four feet to set up a winning birdie. Casey also hits good second to 22 feet but just misses birdie. Furyk gives Europeans a scare as he lips out from 35 feet for a birdie. Match all square.

Hole 14 - Casey makes crucial eight foot putt for par as Americans also make four to halve hole. Furyk and Campbell stay one up with four to play.

Hole 13 - Furyk makes third successive birdie with a great tee shot that lands by the pin on the par three 13th to win the hole and put America up in the match for the first time. Casey makes three after two putt from 25 feet.

Hole 12 - A birdie by Furyk gives America the win the which gets them back to all square, Casey makes a five, after missing putt from 20 feet, and the European's have a match on their hands.

Hole 11 - Furyk makes birdie three on the 11th to pull one back for the Americans as Howell makes four. American duo go back to one up in an excellent match.

Hole 10 - Outstanding birdie by Casey, his second of the day, puts Europe two up. He holes from 16 feet after a great second on the par four. Casey and fellow rookie Howell march off the green triumphantly looking supremely confident.

Hole 9 - Europe in control of the hole after Casey finds heart of the green on the 220 yard par three. Campbell faces long tricky first putt, while Furyk is in the front bunker. Casey two putts but Campbell also makes great two putt, crucially holing from eight feet, to halve hole and keep Americans only one down.

Hole 8 - Casey makes his first birdie in the Ryder Cup after downing a 30 footer on the difficult 482 yard par four eighth. However, Furyk rises to the challenge and nails a birdie putt from 18 feet for a great half. Europe stay one up.

Hole 7 - Casey comes in with a par four after hitting his second to 16 feet. Just misses birdie putt while Campbell nails second to seven feet but also misses. Europe remain one up and keep only blue colours on the board in the morning fourballs.

Hole 6 - Howell hits a magnificent chip to six feet and holes birdie putt to put Europe one up in the match for the first time. It's Howell's second birdie of the morning and he appears to be growing in confidence.

Hole 5 - Americans have a chance to go one up for the first time but Furyk misses 12 foot putt for birdie. Howell, looking comfortable on the greens,j secures halve for Europe by holing par put from five feet. Match all square.

Hole 4 - Howell makes excellent long range two putt for a par which allows Europe to halve hole as Furyk taps in for easy four. Tight match so far, could be one to go the distance.

Hole 3 - Casey makes his third successive par, on the par three third, to help keep the match all square. Campbell, who had a poor opening day, looks more comfortable on day two and makes a par for the Americans.

Hole 2 - Furyk reaches par five second in two fine shots to make birdie and put pressure on Europe. However, two young Englishmen respond well. Casey just misses birdie from 12 feet but Howell drains eight footer for birdie to secure halve for Europe. Match all square.

Hole 1 - Ryder Cup rookies Howell and Casey show no fear on the opening hole both hitting fine opening drives followed by aggressive second shots that attack the pin. Howell nails his second to five feet while Casey lands his 12 feet away. Campbell and Furyk both miss green with second. Casey putts first and just misses his attempt. Campbell gets up and down to post an important par for America. Howell plays last and has a short putt to claim hole but just misses. Match all square.

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