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Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK


Tiger lets out a Ryder roar

Andrew Coltart was blown away in his first match by an in-form opponent

Tiger Woods (US) bt Andrew Coltart (Eur) 3&2 to put the US 12-10 in front.

World number one Tiger Woods put his Ryder Cup problems behind him to record a convincing win over new-boy Andrew Coltart and stretch the USA's lead to two points.

After the draw for the singles, Coltart said he was relishing the chance to take on the biggest name in the sport in a match which most people expected him to lose.

But the natural order was restored as the Scot, who was clearly suffering from a lack of match practice, had no answer to Woods' superior skills.

The American had won only one point from his first four matches at Brookline - but he doubled his tally, despite never finding his best form.

Early escape

Coltart was given a let-off at the par-four first when Woods missed a straightforward par putt and the hole was halved in five.

Thankfully for the Scot, who failed to find his range early on, Woods was also producing some scrappy fare and the first six holes were all shared.

But Woods then suddenly exploded, winning three holes in a row to take complete control of the match.

When Coltart left a par putt just an inch short of the hole at the short seventh, Woods went one-up.

And the crowd following the Americans' star player were then sent into raptures as Woods chipped in from deep rough beside the eighth to move two ahead.

Just when Coltart thought it could not get any worse it did.

He skewed his tee shot deep into the woods at the ninth and, after reloading, there was no way back as he slumped three-down.

Coltart showed signs of resistance and at least managed to pull a hole back - but a poor putt saw him lose the 13th and effectively ended his challenge.





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