Monday October 1, 2012
Donald and Garcia make their mark by beating Woods and Stricker
LUKE Donald and Sergio Garcia defeated Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 1 up in a Ryder Cup fourballs match on Saturday.
Donald and Garcia were both left empty handed after two games and desperate to make their respective marks, and it was the Spaniard who made the first move with an opening birdie.
The Americans failed to bag a par between them at the par-three second to fall two down and the task before them became even more complicated when Garcia sunk a 15-footer for birdie at the fourth to put the Europeans 3 up.
Stricker sunk his putt from 12 feet at the next to win a first hole for the Americans, but Donald stretched the lead back out to three with a short putt for birdie at the eighth.
The Englishman struck again at the ninth with a short birdie putt to reach the turn at 4 up for Europe.
A first birdie of the day for Woods at 10 gave some hope to the American pair, and when Stricker dropped another birdie at the 12th, the margin was back to two.
Minutes later Woods almost aced the tough 13th and his ensuing birdie was enough to win the hole, but Donald birdied the next to put Europe back to 2 up.
A suddenly revived Woods made it four birdies in eight holes to win the 16th leaving Europe 1 up with two holes to play.
Woods hit to four feet from the pin at the par-three 17th but Donald bettered him to two feet and the hole was halved.
Stricker missed an eight-footer birdie putt at the last at the last to win the hole as Donald and Garcia got away with a 1 up win. — AFP