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Ryder Cup 2010: US edge rain-affected first day

38th Ryder Cup
Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport Date: 1-3 October
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & online, live text commentary online & daily highlights on BBC TWO. Live on Sky Sports 1

Ross Fisher

Highlights - Ryder Cup day one (UK users only)

United States bounced back on a rain-hit first day of the Ryder Cup which finished with no fourballs completed.

The US are up in two, all square in one and down in one against Europe.

Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar lead Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell while Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton are up on Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald.

Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher are tied with Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, while Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer lead Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

Europe were up in three out of the four Friday fourballs matches before the relentless rain, which was present when Johnson teed off at 0745 BST, had finally called halt to play at 0943 BST.

Rob Hodgetts at Celtic Manor

However, the US fought back shortly after the 1700 BST resumption but, as a result of the seven hours lost, the format of the competition has been altered.

The opening foursomes will play to a finish when the action resumes at the planned starting time of 0745 BST on Saturday.

However, the second session, now scheduled for Saturday, will be extended from four to six foursomes matches.

The third session will comprise of two foursomes and four fourballs later that day, with all 12 singles set to be played on Sunday.

If there is no result by Sunday then play will spill into Monday - an unprecedented move in the tournament's 83-year history.

Stewart Cink

Majestic chip from star man Cink

European captain Colin Montgomerie said the new schedule would be "tough" but believes the changes could benefit his team.

"I think I have more of a foursomes team than a fourball team. I am very confident and remain so," he reflected.

Cink led the US fightback, rattling in five birdies as he and Kuchar finished the day two up against McIlroy and McDowell after 11 holes having been one down.

"He made some long putts and got it going," US captain Pavin said of Cink's performance.

"That's how you do well in Ryder Cups, making putts. Maybe it will spread to the other guys."

There's no match that is any more than two up or two down, so everyone is still in the game

Colin Montgomerie

Watson and Overton also produced a brilliant display to be one up after eight.

They were two up with two birdies after the first two holes before Donald pulled one back with a brilliant approach followed by a birdie at the eighth.

Poulter and Fisher were one up in their match before a superb birdie from Woods on the ninth helped the Americans take a one-hole lead.

However, Poulter ensured both he and Fisher finished all square when he kept his nerve to roll in a birdie on the next in the fading light.

Jeff Overton celebrates

Overton holes monster putt

"It was very, very dark. He [Poulter] asked me, 'can I stop?' and I said, 'of course you can stop'," continued Montgomerie

"But at the same time he thought, 'OK, I'll do this and give the team momentum if I hole it'.

"He definitely did that. What a roar went up. It was a fantastic effort and will give us momentum we need to carry into a very, very busy day."

Westwood and Kaymer began Europe's challenge and finished the day one up, although they had been three up before the rain-break.

The US comeback was led by Mickelson who birdied nine, 10 and 11.


"There's no match that is any more than two up or two down, so everyone is still in the game," added Montgomerie.

"That's a very important session on Saturday morning to gain that momentum back again and to take a lead into the six foursomes matches."

Earlier, the event began on time despite standing water already on the Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor.

The leading match of Westwood and Kaymer against Johnson and Mickelson was on the sixth fairway when play was halted.

It is the first suspension of play at a Ryder Cup since Valderrama, Spain, in 1997.

With rain falling all morning and the course getting increasingly sodden, there was no choice but to call off play as the players tried to plot their way through pools of standing water all over the fairways and greens.

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