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Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK


Sandelin suffers debut agony

Jarmo Sandelin launches a drive on a day he will want to forget

Phil Mickelson (US) bt Jarmo Sandelin (Eur) 5&3 to reduce Europe's lead to 9-10

Jarmo Sandelin was given a Ryder Cup baptism of fire by Phil Mickelson as the Americans continued their phenomenal charge in the singles.

The Swede had sat out the first two days - but any hopes he had of making an impact on Sunday were destroyed by the ultra-efficient left-hander.

Sandelin failed to come to terms with a course he had not played in competition before - and Mickelson sprinted to a resounding 5&3 victory.

It started brightly enough for the European, who showed no signs of rustiness as he sent his tee shot to four feet at the par-three second.

But the pressure looked to have got to him as he fluffed the birdie putt and had to settle for a half.

Further mistakes at the third from Sandelin handed the lead to Mickelson, who then added a birdie at the next to move two-up.

But the Swede hit a brilliant approach to the sixth to within a few inches to pull one of those holes back.

Another victory at the 10th, though, restored Mickelson's two-hole lead.

And when Sandelin found the water with a loose iron at the 11th, the gulf was stretched even further.

Sandelin hung on for much of the back nine - but the match was finally conceded on the 15th.





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