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


P. Harrington


P. McGinley
VS. C. 


C. Campbell


Z. Johnson
Last update: 01:00 GMT
P. Harrington542544435543444535
P. McGinley
C. Campbell343545433553445434
Z. Johnson
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 The Irish pair of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley go one down in the first Foursomes match of the afternoon. Disappointment for the home crowd, but a dream start for rookie Zach Johnson and Chad Campbell who notched a fine birdie. USA one up.
2 413 4 Halved in four after two gutsy par putts from McGinley and Johnson. The Irishman holed out from ten feet, putting the pressure on his opponent, whose putt never looked like missing. USA remain one up.
3 170 3 Harrington levels the match with a 12 foot birdie putt after an excellent tee shot from McGinley. All square.
4 568 5

Harrington and then Campbell hit two poor tee shots, leaving their respective partners no option but to hack out of the rough and lay up to the green. Johnson nudged the USA’s ball with a nine iron, while McGinley got Europe moving with a seven iron. Campbell left Johnson with a slippery 25 foot downhill putt, while Harrington left McGinley on the other side of the flag, around 30 from the hole. Neither McGinley nor Johnson could hole their birdie chance. USA remain one up.

5 440 4 Halved in four. All square.
6 478 4 McGinley puts Harrington in with yet another birdie chance with a fine five iron to 12 feet. Johnson on the other hand left Campbell with a horrible chip from the rough. The American could only get the ball to within seven feet of the flag. Harrington went on to miss the birdie opportunity but it mattered not as Johnson’s downhill par attempt slid by to allow the Irish duo to take the lead for the first time.
7 430 4 Johnson’s drive is so close to the water that it is half wet, half dry, but Campbell decides to play it out of the hazard – moving it forward and allowing Johnson to make amends for his poor drive with a brilliant wedge to four feet. Harrington leaves McGinley 25 feet from the front edge. McGinley leaves it three feet right. Campbell makes the USA’s par putt before Harrington follows suit.
8 173 3 Harrington produces an excellent approach to leave McGinley a 12 foot birdie putt. Campbell finds the green but Johnson can’t hole from 30 feet. The Irish crowd gasp their disappointment as McGinley misses. All square.
9 461 4 Campbell cracks a perfect drive down the middle, while McGinley is the exact opposite off the tee, leaving Harrington no option but to lay up. Johnson paid Campbell’s drive the best compliment possible by sticking the USA’s approach to seven feet. McGinley leaves Harrington a nine foot par putt, but the Irishman misses and concedes the hole. All square.
10 584 5 Campbell misses a birdie chance from four feet to halve in five. All square.
11 415 4 Johnson drives into the fairway bunker, leaving Campbell no option but to lay up. Johnson then leaves his 70 yard pitch 20 feet short and Campbell can’t hole out, allowing the Irish to win the hole with a conventional par four. Europe one up
12 182 3 Campbell strikes a sweet approach to nine feet on the par three, but Johnson lets it slide past. The US pairing make the Europeans hole out for par from 11 inches, which draws an ironically huge cheer from the home support. Europe one up.
13 428 4

Harrington plays a fine tee shot to 15 feet, before Campbell betters the Irishman’s effort, leaving Johnson an eight foot birdie chance. McGinley’s birdie effort just misses, but Johnson can’t capitalise as he lets his putt slide by.

14 213 3

McGinley misjudges his long range putt from the fringe, leaving Harrington a ten foot par putt, which he misses. Campbell then misses from seven feet to half the hole. Europe remain one up.

15 446 4 Both pairs are caught out by the sliding, sloping 15th green. McGinley leaves Harrington a good eight foot par putt from his original 15 yard effort, while Johnson rushes his effort ten foot past. Campbell can’t convert from there, allowing Harrington to ignite the home crowd by sinking his par putt and putting Europe two up with three to play.
16 555 5 McGinley plays a poor lay-up, finding the right hand rough. Harrington knocks in on the green in three, leaving his partner a 40 foot putt, which McGinley nearly sinks. The American’s, meanwhile, find the green in two and use their two putts to claw a hole back. Europe one up with two to play.
17 424 4

Johnson holes terrific birdie putt to pile the pressure on McGinley, who needs to hole out from 14 feet to maintain Europe’s one stroke lead going down the last. The little Irishman holds his nerve and strikes a fine putt to the heart of the hole to ensure at least half a point from the first of the afternoon Foursomes.

18 537 5 Harrington’s drive comes to rest on the downslope of the bank of a fairway bunker, leaving McGinley 220 yards to the front of the green from the most awkward of stances. McGinley decided to lay up and played a fine shot to leave his partner 80 yards to the green. The USA, who have reached the front edge of green in two have two putts to half the match from 50 feet. Campbell knocked the first putt to four feet, leaving Johnson the nerve-wracking task of holing out to half the match. The rookie stood up to the test to ensure an unexpected half for Tom Lehman’s side.