posted on Sep, 17 2004 @ 02:56 PM
Colin Montgomerie teamed with Padraig Harrington Friday morning to defeat Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson 2 & 1 to the lead European squad to a 3 1/2 -
1/2 lead after the morning fourball matches at the 35th Ryder Cup.
The Americans never led in any of the matches. The nerves showed for nearly everyone early as just six of the 16 players in the morning matches hit
the first fairway. Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez rolled to 5 & 4 win over the United States pair of Davis Love III and Chad Campbell.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Englishman Lee Westwood won three of the first four holes as they cruised to a 4 & 3 win over David Toms and Jim Furyk.
Ryder Cup rookie Chris Riley got up-and-down for par at the last to give he and partner Stewart Cink a halve in the final match against Paul McGinley
and Luke Donald on the South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club.
You would think that the US would have an advantage as its being played at Oakland hills which is similar to US open golf - high irons to fronts of
greens. Also you have 3 of the top 5 in the world playing for the US.
But all that doesn't matter, it doesn't matter how many top golfers the US has. It doesn't matter how good they look on paper. The Europeans will beat
the US and the Yanks won't stage a miracle comeback this time. :approve: