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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
Woods leads from front
Woods v Casey (USA won 3&2)

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods defeated Europe's Paul Casey 3&2 as he tried to spark a USA comeback in Sunday's Ryder Cup singles.

Rookie Casey, a shadow of the player who won his opening fourballs match, bogeyed four holes on the outward nine.

World number two Woods took the first when Casey three-putted from 30 feet, and was two ahead after five.

The eight-time major winner hit some wayward shots but gleefully punched the air after holing a monster putt for a decisive eagle three at the 12th.

Although Casey was disappointed with his performance, he was thrilled with the way the European team rallied to retain the Ryder Cup.

He was especially pleased that fellow rookies Thomas Levet and Ian Poulter, the only Europeans not to have secured a victory on the opening two days, triumphed in their singles matches to secure their first Cup wins.

This is a sign of where European golf is going
Tiger Woods

He said: "It's great that we all got a point - nobody feels left out.

"I'm sorry I didn't give Tiger Woods a good game but it's about the team and we played very well to finish the job.

"This is a sign of where European golf is going. It's going through a lot of changes and there are guys who didn't make the team who are superb players."

Woods admitted the Europeans had outplayed his side and cited better putting as the difference between the two Ryder Cup outfits.

"The only thing we have lacked is we have not made many putts. The Europeans have made a lot more putts than us and flat-out outplayed us," he said.

Woods, claiming only his second point from five matches, said he was deternmined to get the USA off to a winning singles start, but it all proved to be in vain as Europe stormed home.

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