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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Woods hits back to see off Irish
Furyk/Woods v Harrington/McGinley (USA won 3&2)

Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk
Woods and Furyk hit back from being humbled in the morning
Tiger Woods bounced back to form to help American partner Jim Furyk beat Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley 3&2 in the Ryder Cup foursomes.

Woods had a nightmare in the fourballs but his driving and short game improved considerably in the afternoon.

The Europeans were up against it once Woods' fine approach shot led to Furyk holing a six-foot putt at the fourth.

Harrington and McGinley twice halved the lead but Furyk sunk a huge putt on 15 to snuff out their challenge.

Woods had found it impossible in the morning to locate the fairways or land any putts but it was a different story in the foursomes.

The Irish pair were the ones having to do the scrambling to stay in touch and the pressure started to tell with both taking turns to hit wild drives and miss putts.

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It needed a majestic iron shot from Harrington to allow McGinley to pull a hole back at 12.

But the joy was short-lived as Furyk came up with a brilliant bunker shot on the 13th, which Woods capitalised on from six feet.

The killer blow came at the 15th when Woods almost went into the water, only to see Furyk hole a monster all the way across the green, while Harrington set up McGinley with an eight-footer which he missed.

Despite admitting defeat on the next hole, there were smiles all round for the Europeans, who will take a comfortable four-point lead into Sunday's singles matches.

"That point definitely helps - we need every one we can get right now," Furyk said.

"It's an awful long way to come back from but we've done it before."

Woods added: "It's been tough for us, the European team are playing great golf and we're going to have to play really well as a team - they are not going to give it to us.

"It's imperative we get off to a quick start just as we did when we were 10-6 down in 1999."



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23 Sep 06 |  Golf


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