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


S. Garcia


J. Olazábal
VS. P. 


P. Mickelson


C. DiMarco
Last update: 13:09 GMT
MATCH 2 - FINALRESULT: Europe Wins 3 & 2
S. Garcia433     3    344  
J. Olazábal   44442 4434     
P. Mickelson   544 345 342    
C. DiMarco442   4   4   44  
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 A raucous reception and a giant Spanish flag greet the unbeaten pairing of Sergio Garcia and José Maria Olazábal on the first tee. Chris DiMarco drives first and finds the fairway but Phil Mickelson’s ball lands in the left-hand bunker. Garcia’s three wood shot hugs the right fairway and Olazábal follows suit. Mickleson comes up short of the green with his second but DiMarco fires his approach out of the semi-rough to below the hole. The two Spaniards fail to capitalise on being in the fairway and both finish outside of DiMarco and two-putt. DiMarco has a putt to win the hole but his effort drifts fractionally left of the cup, leaving the hole halved.
2 413 4 Garcia, majestic with his short and mid-irons on the first day, looks to be continuing in the same vein after producing a brilliant second from the rough to eight feet of the pin. The young Spaniard holes out for a birdie three to put Europe one up.
3 170 3  The European's lead is cancelled out immediately as gutsy competitor DiMarco levels by holing a downhill putt for a birdie two at the third.
4 568 5  The first par five sees all four men looking to reach the green in two. Olazábal was right on the limit with his three wood and found the sand. Garcia faded a five wood right at the pin but was a couple of yards short and caught the top of the bunker right in front of the green. Olazábal displayed his noted short game ability to splash out to two feet to make a winning birdie. Europe move one-up.
5 440 4 After triumphing at the previous hole, Olazábal takes centre stage on the fifth when his second shot from 164 yards is the only one to find the green. Mickelson, who came up short from the heavy rough, rescues the situation with a lovely chip to inside a foot. Hole halved in pars. Europe remain one-up and 3-1 ahead overall in the morning fourballs.
6 478 4 Mickelson’s frustrating Ryder Cup continues as the World Number Two leaves his long birdie putt perched on the edge of the cup. The American’s mood deepens when Olazábal, after surprisingly misjudging his chip from the second cut, rattled in a mid-range putt for a four. Garcia has a 30-footer uphill for the win but misses.
7 430 4 DiMarco two putts from up the hill to halve the hole in four. 
8 173 3 Garcia gets a break as his wayward tee shot clings to the bank of the River Liffey. The ball comes to rest on the red hazard line and Garcia responds with a cheeky smile. With his partner is trouble, Olazábal plays for the centre of the green and leaves his ball pin high but 15 feet away. Olazábal converts the slight left-to-right putt and DiMarco and Mickelson can only make par, leaving Europe two holes clear.
9 461 4 "Oh, you beauty!". The words of Garcia as he watched his approach from 184 yards land five feet behind the pin. Moments later and it was joy unconfined as Garcia holed for a winning birdie to put the swashbuckling Spaniards three holes to the good heading into the back nine.
10 584 5 For the second day in succession the Garcia-Olazábal partnership is proving irrepressible. Olazábal holes from outside the Americans to pile the pressure on DiMarco, who pulls his birdie effort left. Europe are now four-up with eight to play.
11 415 4 Mickelson again conspicious by his absence. DiMarco left with putt of 15 feet for the win, but is slips by to the frustration of the New Yorker.
12 182 3

Garcia opts for a six iron and just carries the water guarding the front of the green. Knowing his partner faced a tricky stance on the bank to the lake, Olazábal responds by choking down on a five iron and safely finding the green. DiMarco goes through the back and Mickelson finds the putting surface, but is outside of Olazábal. Mickelson and Olazábal both two putt for par.

13 428 4 DiMarco continues to enjoy no luck. After blocking his tee shot way right a confused spectator picks up his ball and then tosses it back on the ground. DiMarco then tries to muscle a five wood to the green but finds the water down the right. Mickelson backs his partner by firing his second to 12 feet below the hole. The World Number Two takes two putts for a par, as does Olazábal to halve the hole.
14 213 3

Mickelson makes his first birdie of the day to cut the deficit to three holes with four to play.

15 446 4 Garcia launches another gorgeous drive to the left centre of the fairway and makes the front portion of the green with his second. Olazábal left himself a monster putt across a raised part of the green and so nearly holed it. Now it's Garcia's chance to close out the match, but his effort from 30 feet stays too high. DiMarco has 15 feet for the win but does not even get close. Hole halved. The United States are dormie three.
16 555 5 Garcia finds a spectator walkway off the tee and makes an aggressive play, taking a five wood and finding the bunker to the left of the green. The gamble pays off. Garcia splashes out of the sand to a foot and Mickelson and DiMarco concede the match.  
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