Europe maintained the initiative with their largest ever victory over the US at Oakland Hills in Michigan in 2004.
The match pitted passionate US captain Hal Sutton against the methodical Bernhard Langer for Europe.
The first round went to the German after Sutton sent out his star players Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson together, despite their well-publicised frosty relationship.
The Americans lost their opening fourball match to Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington and crashed again in the afternoon to leave Sutton and the US on the back foot at 6½-1½.
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