US open up significant lead over Europe

  • Agencies, Chicago
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  • Updated: Sep 30, 2012 00:51 IST

The United States lead Europe 8-4 after the morning foursomes on the second day of the 39th Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago on Friday.

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson beat Lee Westwood and Luke Donald 7 and 6 on Saturday, matching the Ryder Cup record for the most lopsided finish in an 18-hole team match.

It had happened twice before, most recently in 1991, both times in foursomes.

Bradley improved his win-loss record to 3-0, the best start in the Ryder Cup for a US rookie since the guy he was playing with did it in 1995. And it handed Donald his second straight loss in foursomes after going unbeaten his first six times out.

The result made it 6-3 in favour of the US.

Europe reduced the deficit by one, when Justin Rose and Ian Poulter defeated Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson one up to give the defending champions a much-needed point.

But the difference was restored by Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson of the US, who beat Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts 2 and 1, and enhanced by Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, who defeated Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell 1-up.

Bhullar lies fifth
: Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar turned in the second-best card of the day - a four-under 68 - to make a sharp upward move to tied fifth after the third round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters here on Saturday. Bhullar, winner in Taipei two weeks ago, rose from 34th to fifth with a round of 68 at the 6923 Yards Tamsui Course. The only other Indian to make the cut, Anirban Lahiri, also moved up two places from tied 16th to 14th despite a round of 75.

Mukesh wins on PGTI
: Mukesh Kumar carded an even-par 71 on the final day to win the IndianOil Xtra-Premium Masters here on Saturday. The 47-year-old ended up with a total of 11-under 273. Harendra Gupta finished as the runner-up with nine-under 275.


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