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Europe captain Nick Faldo and his assistant Jose Maria Olazabal share a joke

Nick Faldo had a tough first day as Europe captain but he and assistant Jose Maria Olazabal are all smiles as day two begins

Justin Rose tees off

Paired with Ian Poulter, Justin Rose heads off in the first foursome against the USA's Chad Campbell and Stewart Cink

Europe fans cheer on their team

After a disappointing first day, the European fans have plenty to cheer as Poulter and Rose find themselves three up after four holes

Leonard finds himself in a tricky position

The USA's Justin Leonard, partnered by Hunter Mahan, struggles early on and the two find themselves 2 down after five

Oliver Wilson waves to the crowd before beggining his foursomes match with Henrik Stenson

Oliver Wilson was the only player to miss out on the first day's action but he is in the second European foursome out with Henrik Stenson

Mickelson tees off

But it is a daunting opening for the Englishman as Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim pick up where they left off to go 3 up after five holes

Sergio Garcia watches Saturday's foursomes from a gold cart with Europe's caddie master  Dave McNeilly

Sergio Garcia was surprisingly left out of Saturday's foursomes, complaining of fatigue, but still watches his team-mates

Padraig Harrington looks on anxiously as he watches a drive during his match

Padraig Harrington looks none too happy early on as he and Robert Karlsson quickly fall four behind to Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry

American fans show their support for their team at Valhalla

American fans are in good voice again as their team hit back in the third and fourth matches after a strong start by Europe

Ian Poulter celebrates another vital putt in his foursomes match with Justin Rose

But Poulter remains a rock for Europe's opening pair as he and fellow Englishman Rose beat Cink and Campbell 3&2

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson and Kim get into trouble at the 12th as Wilson and Stenson reduce a four-hole deficit and go into the lead

Oliver Wilson rises to the challenge

Wilson and Stenson hold their nerve to snatch a stunning 2&1 victory over the previously unbeaten Mickelson and Kim

Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jimenez

Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jimenez also fight back to take a half from their match against Leonard and Mahan

Jim Furyk celebrates

Furyk and partner Perry prove too strong for Harrington and Karlsson for a 3&1 win which puts the hosts 7-5 ahead

US stars Boo Weekley and JB Holmes celebrate a crucial putt in reguation fashion

As the fourballs get under way, Boo Weekley and JB Holmes prove to be a potent combination for the US in the first match

Boo Weekley's fans make their feelings about their hero clear

Weekley has become a cult figure with the galleries at Valhalla this week, with roars of "Boo!" rolling across the course

Lee Westwood has to hit out of the trees after getting into difficulty at the 12th

Weekley and Holmes wrap up a 2&1 win over Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen, bringing Westwood's long unbeaten run to an end

Paul Casey swings at the ball on the 14th

No pressure... a bird's eye view of the action as Casey lines up his tee shot at the 14th hole

Paul Casey tries to line up a putt, but he struggles to make the most of his opportunities on the green

But it is a struggle for Casey, playing alongside Garcia, on the greens as his putter remains stone cold

Paul Casey (left) and Garcia

But Casey and Garcia fight tooth and nail for a half, with the Englishman holing a nervy one at the last

Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter are of the same mind as they wait to play

McDowell and Poulter have clearly been doing their body language homework ahead of teaming up for the fourballs

Nick Faldo (left) and Ian Poulter

Faldo hugs Poulter - one of hs picks - after his compatriot holes a nasty one at the last for victory over Perry and Furyk

Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan look to be working well as a team in the early stages of their match with Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson

Mickelson and Mahan seem to be in the ascendancy in their match against Swedish pair Stenson and Karlsson

Robert Karlsson (left) and Henrik Stenson

But the Swedes play to stereotype, showing an icy temperament and Karlsson sinking a putt at the last to halve the match

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see also
Ryder Cup scores
19 Sep 08 |  Golf
Ryder Cup explained
16 Sep 08 |  Golf


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