Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Friday Four-Ball


S. Garcia


J. Olazábal
VS. D. 


D. Toms


B. Wetterich
Last update: 13:09 GMT
MATCH 3 - FINALRESULT: Europe Wins 3 & 2
S. Garcia3 34 343  33 334  
J. Olazábal43  4   35  4     
D. Toms 334434 4 335344  
B. Wetterich4      3 4        
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 David Toms finds the sand after a nervy first strike for the USA’s third Fourball, while his playing partner, Brett Wetterich, blocks his drive right but gets a great break as his ball strikes a tree and lands in the right semi, giving him a shot to the green. Garcia and Olazábal hit two fine drives down the middle. Garcia finds the back fringe with his approach, and then holes out for a spectacular opening birdie to send Europe one up.
2 413 4  Both teams play the second hole well, with Toms making a gutsy birdie putt to half the hole after Olazábal had made Europe's second birdie in as many holes. Europe remain one up.
3 170 3  Garcia just misses out on a third birdie European in a row, but half’s Wetterich’s par three to keep Europe one up.
4 568 5 Garcia gets the crowd going with a huge drive and a great second to the par five, leaving himself a 20 foot eagle chance, but Wetterich responds brilliantly, matching the Spaniard’s approach by landing his second close to the pin. The American just missed his eagle chance, settling for a birdie which was good enough to half the hole as Garcia left his third shot inches short. Europe one up.
5 440 4 Olazábal misses out on the chance to put Europe two up with his 30 foot birdie putt. Toms ensures the half for America by holing out in typically solid fashion. Europe stay one up.
6 478 4 Wetterich, Toms and Garcia all have birdie chances, with Garcia holing a wonderful downhill, sloping putt from 20 feet to put the pressure on his opponents, but Toms sweeps his own birdie chance with ease to half in birdie and maintain the single hole deficit.
7 430 4 Garcia is sparkling under the Ryder Cup spotlight. After watching Olazábal find the water with his second shot, the younger of the two Spaniards produced a majestic approach to eight feet. Toms missed his 30 foot birdie chance to give Garcia a great opportunity to move two up, but his putt shaved the left edge, with Europe having to settle for par.
8 173 3 Hole halved in three. Europe remain one up.
9 461 4 Olazábal produces a majestic six iron approach to five feet, which he duly converts to take Europe two up at the turn.
10 584 5 With the Europeans both missing the fairway off the tee, the USA take full advantage to get back to just one down. Wetterich, who has looked nervous on his Ryder Cup debut, takes full advantage of his extraordinary power to find the green on the par five in two and two putts to win the hole with a birdie. Europe one up.
11 415 4 Garcia stops Toms and Wetterich from gaining serious momentum by holing from ten feet to half in birdie three after Toms had rolled a magnificent 40 foot putt. The Spaniard’s birdie stops the USA from winning two holes on the spin and keeps Europe one up.
12 182 3 Hole halved in par three. Europe one up.
13 428 4  Wetterich misjudges his approach and follows Toms into the water, allowing Garcia and Olazábal to move two with a pair of par fours. Europe two up.
14 213 3 Hole halved in par three. Europe two up.
15 446 4 Garcia continues to dominate this, the third Fourball match of The 2006 Ryder Cup, as he draws a beautiful punchy iron shot to just ten feet to take Europe three up. Toms was dreadfully unlucky moments before Garcia holed out as he watched his putt go over the hole but fail to drop. Europe three up.
16 555 5 Garcia caps a magnificent opening morning performance with a birdie four to win the match four and two and secure Europe’s first point of The 2006 Ryder Cup.
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