Not for long, though. Europe is leading in all six matches as the US is hoping the sun sets soon to halt the bleeding.
But before that, here are my posts on the morning action. First, Stricker and Tiger:
Stricker continues to carry the pair with his consistent play and fantastic putting. In the first session, Stricker carded four birdies after play resumed on Saturday morning, while Woods duffed chips and sprayed shots.
“They’re just good players for one,” said Mahan on when asked what makes the duo successful. “They have a good friendship. They know each other pretty well. The guy [Stricker] makes putts. The guy just puts the ball in the play. We don’t need two guys in the trees all day. You won’t someone consistent who get the ball in the greens, gets looks, that way Tiger can probably play more free.”
The defining moment of the second session was when Stewart Cink drained a 28-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to give him and Matt Kuchar a 1-up lead after taking a lunch break in between the tee and green. In taking his time, it appeared Cink was hoping to halt the momentum of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. McDowell had stuffed his shot to eight feet, but McIlroy missed the putt. Cink and Kuchar closed the final match on No. 18 to give the Americans an advantage going into the third session.
GO DOWN, SUN. Westwood and Donald are five-up through 7 over Woods and Stricker (who are also five-over). McIlroy and McDowell are three-up through 5 over Mahan and Johnson. Ouch.
*Update: As one reader pointed out via email, I haven’t hated on Mickelson enough. Phil made history after losing again in the second session — he tied Raymond Floyd for the most losses in a Ryder Cup with 16. Congrats! Oh, here’s a round-up on the start of the third session.
[Photo by Jon Super/AP]