Friday, 28 September 2012
Ian Poulter  (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell picked up Europe’s first point of the 2012 Ryder Cup before Justin Rose and Ian Poulter ensured the morning foursomes session finished all square.

Playing alternate shots, Europe led in all four matches at one stage before Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald had their incredible record in the format ruined by Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson.

The American pairing took four consecutive holes on the back nine for a 4 and 3 win in the second game against the previously unbeaten European duo.

McIlroy and McDowell had been three up in the top game, before Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk fought back to level after 16 holes.

The 17th was shared, but when recent FedEx Cup winner Snedeker sliced his drive into trees down the right the Northern Irish duo were able to win the contest with a par at the last.

"That match to me just personifies it," said McDowell. “You're playing against two very gutsy players who clawed their way back.

"But we had stacked our team with this finish in mind. I wanted Rory hitting the tee shots on 16 and 18 and our strategy paid off."

McIlroy added: "Fortunately for us, Brandt didn't hit the best tee shot on the last."

Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari were only one down with three to play, but Westwood drove right into water and they lost the 16th as well to go down 3 and 2 to Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

In the last match out Ian Poulter and Justin Rose were faced with a distinctly off-colour Tiger Woods, and despite the best efforts of Steve Stricker, were able to win 2 and 1.

Three up with four to play, Stricker and Woods took the 15th and looked like taking the long 16th when Woods found the green in two.

But Poulter bravely holed a 15 foot clutch putt and when Rose lagged a 30 footer to the side of the hole at the next it sealed victory and left the contest poised at 2-2.

Poulter took his cup record to nine wins in 12 games, but two of the three defeats had come against Woods and he said: "I never wanted wanted to have another one."

Both Captains sent out unused pairings in the opening afternoon fourballs session, with Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson taking on Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

The second game had all the ingredients of a classic as in-form Bradley and Mickelson were sent back out to face World Number One McIlroy and compatriot McDowell.

Davis Love sent out another pair who sat out the morning’s action in Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar in game three, and they faced Rose and new partner Martin Kaymer.

Despite their struggles in the morning Woods and Stricker retained the anchor role for the US, while Nicolas Colsaerts was given his first taste of Ryder Cup action alongside Lee Westwood.

The Americans won seven of the first eight holes as the match resumed.

Lawrie and Hanson were three down after four to Watson and Simpson, McIlroy and McDowell could not stop Mickelson and Bradley going three up after three and Woods got in on the act with an opening 18 foot birdie putt.

Coming off the seventh green Watson and Simpson, who won three of their four games together at last year's Presidents Cup, were already five up.

But McIlroy and McDowell had their first success on the sixth to be back to only two down and the bottom two games were level after four and three holes.

Get Adobe Flash player

THE 2014 RYDER CUP Course Guide

GleneaglesCard of Course


Video Editor's ChoiceMore

Latest PhotosMore

  • (L-R) David Williams (Chairman of The European Tour), Richard Hills (Ryder Cup Director), Darren Clarke (European Ryder Cup Captain for 2016) and George O'Grady (Chief Executive of The European Tour) pose with the Ryder Cup
  • 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke poses with the Ryder Cup trophy during a media day at the Sofitel hotel in London.
  • Davis Love III announced as 2016 US Ryder Cup Captain
  • Scott Crockett (Media Communications Director for The European Tour) and Richard Hills (Ryder Cup Director) announce that Darren Clarke will be captain of the European Team at The 2016 Ryder Cup at Wentworth
  • The five-man Ryder Cup panel meet to discuss The 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Captaincy at Wentworth
  • (L-R) José María Olazábal, David Howell, Paul McGinley, George O'Grady (Chief Executive of The European Tour) and Colin Montgomerie sit down as the five-man Ryder Cup panel to discuss The 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Captaincy
  • Europe's victorious team
  • Henrik Stenson and Thomas Bjorn
  • Paul McGinley
  • AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Paul McGinley, the victorious European Ryder Cup team captain, poses for a photograph at The Gleneagles Hotel on September 29, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty I
  • Paul McGinley
  • Paul McGinley, the victorious European Ryder Cup team captain,
  • The Winning Team
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter
  • Jamie Donaldson
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Graeme McDowell

Ryder Cup Official Partners

  • Rolex
  • BMW
  • walker
  • ernst
  • standardlife

Media Centre

Official Partner

Official Suppliers

This website is © The PGA European Tour 1997 - 2015. PGA European Tour, Wentworth Drive, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4LX. Registered in England No. 1867610.
All rights reserved. No reproduction, distribution or transmission of any information, part or parts of this website by any means whatsoever is permitted without the prior written permission of the PGA European Tour.