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LATEST SCORE - EUROPE 4-6 USA

By Mark Orlovac

1902: Time to sign off methinks after what has been a marathon day. The scoreboard is looking blue at the moment but the United States have the points on the board and things can change very quickly. Make sure you are back with us for the climax (hopefully) to this wonderful event. The wonderful Mark Ashenden is here from around 0700 BST on Sunday to take you through the early action and I'm be joining him a bit later on. Sorry about that. Rest up now, tonight is going to be draining for everyone. Remember the highlights on BBC Two at 2030 BST. See you tomorrow.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "US skipper Corey Pavin will not panic. I have seen it all through his captaincy and he is a very calm character. He will be very happy that the gloom arrived at that point. It halts Europe's momentum."

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Batesie17 on 606: "Watching the coverage on American television & they seem to be very worried, Corey Pavin getting an earful hasn't gone down too well, Europe very much in the drivers seat, Saturday afternoon could have been the turning point."

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slashermcguirk on 606: "Harrington looks way more solid the past round and a half, him and Fisher are a strong combo."

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Simon in Northern Ireland via text: "Is it just me or have Europe been playing mind games until now!? The Americans don't seem to know what's hit them!!"

1850:So that's how we have finished. What an incredible day. Europe will be absolutely delighted with what has happened over the last couple of hours. They have taken the fight to the United States but there is still a very long way to go and the break really has stopped them in their tracks. The United States are not out of this session, make no mistake.

FOURSOMES AS THEY FINISHED ON SATURDAY:
Donald/Westwood 4up v Stricker/Woods (after 9)
McDowell/McIlroy 3up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (7)

FOURBALLS AS THEY FINISHED ON SATURDAY:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 8)
Hanson/Jimenez 2up v Watson/Overton (6)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (5)
Poulter/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/Fowler (4)


US up
1843: A little lift for the United States. Stricker has a long one to win the ninth... and it's in! That's a fine finish in the dark. Westwood/Donald pegged back to four up. Only McIlroy/McDowell still playing.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Celtic Manor on Twitter: "Much hilarity in press centre. Announcement that Montgomerie is here for his interview. But Monty barks from back to wait until play ends."

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GinBcn on 606: "I'd take 4-1-1 (and probably even 3-2-1) for the six matches on the course right now - especially if the games all finish tomorrow. So the Americans start the singles under the thumb, as it were."

European Up
1839: Jimi to finish off at the sixth - not the seventh as I said earlier, sorry. He does it. Hanson/Jimenez now two up. They call it a day too.

1836: What a shot... Francesco Molinari chips in from the rough at the edge of the fifth green. Cink now has a tricky five footer for the half, I bet he thought that would be for a win. He gets it anyway, the hole is halved and that's it for them for today.

1833: Great approach from Jimi at the sixth - he's within 7ft of the pin. Could this be another hole for them?

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 7)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (5)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (4)
Poulter/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/Fowler (3)


FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 5up v Stricker/Woods (after 8)
McDowell/McIlroy 3up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (7)

1830: Just had a quick glimpse of Tiger and Stricker. They look like they have just opened a 'Best of X-Factor' DVD for Christmas. Not happy. Can't see play lasting for much longer now people.

European Up
1826: BBC commentator Iain Carter says on 5 live that he is worried the break tonight will come at exactly at the wrong time for the Europeans, just as it did yesterday. Former European skipper Bernard Gallagher is surprised the Americans are not doing more to call this off for tonight. Anyway, Zach Johnson from the sand at the seventh... he hits the flag. Great effort. It's to no avail though as McIlroy has the simple task of tapping in from GMac's tee shot. They're three up.

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Ryushinku on 606: "Stricker and Woods looked doomed but there's still the holes available for the US to turn some of these scores round yet."

1822: GMac is at the par-three seventh... and he nails it to within four feet! That's a peach. Mahan finds sand. Advantage Europe. GMac runs off the tee box, I know he's worried about the light but you'll get this one finished fella. Promise.

1818: A shot back for Furyk and Johnson at the seventh as rookie Dustin birdies with a tricky putt. Harrington and Fisher now one up. On the sixth green, Mahan misses a 10 footer and the Macs are two up. It's getting darker out there now. Lights are going on in the clubhouse, I reckon another 25 minutes. Maybe.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Celtic Manor on Twitter: "If anyone's got longer sideburns in golf than Dustin Johnson I'd be very surprised. GMac's don't count because they join up into a beard."

European Up
1813: Donald is in the fringe at the edge of the seventh green. Great chip from there. That's close. Woods now at the same green, he's got a 14 footer to save the hole. My goodness, he's missed it. That never really looked like it was going in. Westwood and Donald now five up. The Americans want today to end. Quickly.

United States skipper Corey Pavin: "My players played the last few holes very nicely today. I've just tried to get them to relax, have fun and enjoy their golf but there's still a long way to go. What pleases me most is that my players are having fun, they're relaxed and they're focused. They are the ones who have to go out there and perform so that's what I'm letting them do. I don't have a goal for the rest of the day, I just want the guys to play the best they can."

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher 2up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 6)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (4)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (3)
Poulter/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/Fowler (2)


FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 4up v Stricker/Woods (after 6)
McDowell/McIlroy 1up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (5)

US down
1807: Stricker chips onto the green but it's going to be a struggle. They card a six as Westwood and Donald win the hole with a par. That's criminal in matchplay.

European Up
1803: The scoreboard is completely blue now. The Europeans are on a roll. Francesco Molinari birdies the third, they're one up. Poulter has a four at the par-five second while Fowler only has a par. Fowler's partner Mickelson is not coming in at all.

1800 Woods with his approach at the sixth. Oh dear, hope he's got his wellies, that's too right and it's very near the water. Now Lee, all you need to do is get it on the dancefloor. He does. The hole should be Europe's.

1756: You probably picked up in that last update that the Italian brothers are back to all square. Francesco Molinari comes in with a birdie at the par-five second while Kuchar can only par it. How are you watching the action this evening? Pub? With mates at home? Or like I do, attempt to watch telly with children jumping on or in front of me?

FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 3up v Stricker/Woods (after 5)
McDowell/McIlroy 1up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (4)

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher 2up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 5)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (4)
E Molinari/F Molinari A/S Cink/Kuchar (2)
Poulter/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/Fowler (1)

Twitter
Im_sprouticus on Twitter: "If the foursomes are quicker why didn't they go out first instead of playing through? Makes no sense to me."
I think one of the reasons was because McDowell/McIlroy finished their earlier foursomes match so late. They needed a bit of time before going out again.

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Steve in Solihull via text: "Having read some of the texts and emails I can't believe people are being critical about the Euro team having no inspiration and the wrong pairs. So many people seem desperate for Monty to fail so they can all say told you so, nothing like getting behind a team unless you are winning eh chaps? Rant over and Euro to win 15-13 with Jimenez holing the winning point in the dark in the 18th against Bubba."
I would raise a glass of Rioja to that!

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From Studying Andy via text: "You should have published my text from earlier, I predicted this 5-1 slide. Thou, I did also back Ed Molinari for top euro points scorer... "
Consider myself told.

1745: This must be it, Hanson is standing over a 18 footer at the fourth... it drifts left but then circles right and into the hole. Now Bubba has an even longer one to halve the hole... and he's done it. What a putt under pressure.

1741: Kuchar birdies the first, they go one up against the Molinaris. First blood to Poulter and Kaymer - Fowler misses a straightforward par putt at the first and the Europeans go one up. Now another big cheer goes up at Celtic Manor. We haven't seen why as yet. Sure we will soon.

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Sam via text: "What's all this negativity for? On the Eurostar to Paris for the Arc and Europe will coast to victory in the remaining pairs, leaving a nice singles finish tomorrow. Westwood playing like a world number one!"

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 4)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (3)
Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (1)
Poulter/Kaymer v Mickelson/Fowler

FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 3up v Stricker/Woods (after 4)
McDowell/McIlroy 1up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (3)

European Up
1736: Europe will not want the sun to set. Harrington again sets up Fisher and the Englishman sinks a seven footer at the fifth for a birdie. They are now two up.

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Nick, student via text: "Write a politics essay or watch the golf? It's a heart over head issue... "

1729: Jimenez drains a long putt at the third. All eyes on Bubba now, he's got a seven footer to halve it but it drifts left. Europe back to one up. At the fourth, Stricker leaves Woods with a tricky par putt. The world number one misses it. Ouch. Westwood has this to go three up... and it's in. That is some start from Donald and Westy.

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ziggyboy on 606: "At this stage I'm not surprised America is in the lead and I would in my humble opinion say they will win. Unfortunately. The European pairings seem to be a bit iffy."

1723: Fowler at the first... oh dear, that's in the sand. Hanson at the third, and that's stiff. Brilliant. What a great golf shot. With that last comment, do you think I could work on TV? Westwood with his approach at the fourth and he floats that bad boy onto the dancefloor. That'll do. Stricker is down the middle with a fine tee shot at the same hole and Woods takes over for the approach. He is slightly long and way left. Not the best.

1721: Poulter and Kaymer arrive at the first. He cups his hands around his ears. He loves it. Remember that you can get in touch with all of your Ryder Cup comments. Use Twitter, 606 or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message. Tidy.

1717: Fisher is at it again. He drains a long one at the fourth leaving Furyk with a knee jangler to halve the hole... which he gets. Fisher and Harrington have had three birdies in the opening four holes but are only one up. Good quality golf in that match.

1715: Nice touch from Stricker in the rough at the back of the green at the par-three third. The green is falling away from him but he gets the ball close-ish. That was a good effort considering where he was.

European skipper Colin Montgomerie: "The support here is unbelievable. These matches are so close, they often come down to the last hole. Five of the seven matches that have gone down to the 18th have been won by the United States. We must go into the singles at 8-8 - minimum. If we can do that what an afternoon we've got ahead of us tomorrow. I'm just telling my players how good they are. The motivational videos are on in the lounge, videos of them lifting trophies. All I can do is give them passion. The motivation is there from losing in 2008. They've got to want in and by God they do."

FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 2up v Stricker/Woods (after 2)
McDowell/McIlroy 1up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (1)

European Up
European Up
1710: Wow that's a good couple of minutes for Europe. McDowell just misses a birdie putt while Zach Johnson is awry with a 15ft par putt. At the second, Woods can't get close from the rubbish off the side of the green while Westwood sinks a 10 footer for birdie. Two up after two.

1707: The Molinaris arrive at the first. Great reception from the stands. Europe skipper Colin Montgomerie is interviewed by the first tee box but he struggles to get a word in as the crowd are chanting his name. Brilliant. Whoops, Stricker with his approach to the second green but it is left and it runs into a hollow. That's going to be tricky for Woods.

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 3)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (1)
Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari v Cink/Kuchar
Poulter/Kaymer v Mickelson/Fowler

FOURSOMES SNAPSHOT:
Donald/Westwood 1up v Stricker/Woods (after 1)
McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan

1701: Fisher and Harrington at the par-three third. Harrington, fresh from winning his first Ryder Cup point since 2004, plants his shot into the drink - Ross, you are on your own son. He puts his tee shot 15ft from the pin. Chance. Zach Johnson pars. Here's Fisher then to win the hole, the ball is hole-ward bound... rolls around the cup... and in.

1659: McDowell and McIlroy are now at the first tee. They are taking on Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan in the final foursomes match. The crowd are in good voice. I wonder if they've spent a little time in the beer tent? Every time GMac takes a practice swing the gallery whoops. Brilliant.

1655: Apparently this is the seventh time Westwood has met Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup - the Englishman is currently leading 5-1. They are out in the foursomes and Europe strike first, Westwood and Donald with a three at the first - they're one up against the inseparable Woods and Stricker.

FOURBALLS SNAPSHOT:
Harrington/Fisher A/S Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 2)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (1)
Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari v Cink/Kuchar
Poulter/Kaymer v Mickelson/Fowler

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Arnie_Aardvark on 606: "Losing the Ryder Cup at home would be the icing on the cake of Colin Montgomerie's failed golfing career. Never won a grand slam event and now to be the captain of Europe losing at home."

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Anon via text: "Currently on the Orient Express between Venice and Paris. I have checked every walnut panel and as yet can't find the 42" plasma with the Ryder Cup in full view. I am refreshing at a rate of once every 12 seconds tunnels and wags permitting! Come on Europe! Pretty please."

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BBC Radio 5 live commentator Andrew Cotter on Twitter: "Not that it matters but I didn't realise that McIlroy was put off by photographer while hitting that wedge into 18."

1645: Could you just manually refresh this page for me? Then you'll see Orlovac replace Ashenden right before your eyes. Apparently, the two foursomes matches, which will be the final two matches to go out this afternoon, will be allowed to play through the fourballs games when they catch up with them.

European Up
1642: Overton batters his ball into the long stuff at the first but manages to work himself into a birdie position. Oh no, the ball lips out. Partner Bubba Watson has already missed his par putt so here's Jimenez, six footer to win it... and it's in. An early strike for Europe.

1635: No rest, the action is relentless. Padraig/Fisher and Furyk/Dustin Johnson kick off the session three fourballs and Harrington sinks a massive 40ft putt for a three at the first. Furyk plops in a 10 footer to also card a birdie. All square.

1630: Hello again. On my lunch earlier on I bumped into Robbie Williams, Tess Daly and Gary Lineker here at BBC Towers but that kind of excitement comes nowhere near to that thrown up by the Ryder Cup. This is going to be a massive couple of hours. Who's with me?



By Mark Ashenden

1628: It's that time again. Thank you so much for joining me on the ride. I'm off quite frankly. I'm throwing the towel in. Mark Orlovac is sitting next to me like a caged panther and he's all set to take over live duties. I'll be back first thing in the morning. I'm hoping you'll be joining me over your coffee. In the mean time, plenty of points up for grabs and Orlovac is taking you through til the end of the day. Night. I'll be still on Twitter for any banter you feel sharing with me for half an hour or so.

1623: If I said there was a man with a slight tummy on him, puffing on a cigar and high-fiving every single fan within five feet and heading for the first tee, would you know who I was talking about? Not McIlroy no. He's not old enough to smoke. Jimenez of course. He bounds out of the clubhouse with Peter Hanson and they're up against Watson and Overton. Is this lead retrievable for Europe? Thoughts on the match so far? Star of the show so far? If you were Monty what you be telling your players right now? Likewise, Pavin?

US up
1620: Kuchar putts to within a foot and that's that. Cink and Kuchar win 2 up against McDowell and McIlroy. So with the fourballs up and running the USA lead Europe 6-4.

1618: McDowell is in the sand and has to hole it really. He digs deep and it flies across the green. Looks like a two-point lead for the US. It's all gone a bit quiet among the European fans. They'll need to forget this and Monty will have to rally his troops with the fourballs kicking off.

1615: Euro boys need to win this hole. Fact. Cink looks focused and bang up up for a simple shot into the green. So here goes. And it's a safe one to go within 25 feet of the pin. Rory has to pull a firework out of his bag. 96 yards and he clunks it to the edge of the green and it rolls back into the bunker. Very flat in the galleries. The US will have to do something very very VERY awful to lose this match like pick the ball up and throw it into the water.....perhaps the downside to a 21-year-old a bit wet behind his ears in Ryder Cup terms.

1610: Hey Graeme - there's a yawning bank waiting to swallow up your ball and spit it into the water. He plays it safe though and lays it up. Kuchar on the flattened rough and Pavin looks on looking rather pleased with himself. Kuchar hits the fairway and his ball settles down just behind the European ball. The first of the fourballs just about to get going as Harrington and Fisher, along with Furyk and Dustin Johnson walk out to the first tee to huge cheers. Third shots coming up.

1607: Another match heads down to the glorious 18th and McIlroy and Cink both impress off the tee. A big hole. Cink and Kuchar don't need to produce any fireworks here. Lets's see what McDowell is made of and I'm told he's 246 yards from the green.

1602:Luke Donald "Keeping the ball in play was the key for us. We made four or five birdies but didn't give too many holes away. We made them work for the holes they won, that's key to foursomes". While Ian Poulter says: "There's nothing better that this - 40,000 fans greeting you with a standing ovation every time you approach a tee or green ovation, it's electric out there."

US up
1559: The Americans engrossed in a massive convention as they discuss Cink's putt on the 17th. It's about 30 feet and it drops in. Can you believe it. Bt. All that talking was worth it. Brilliant putt. See - I can do bias towards the US as well you know. Big pressure on Rory. C'mon son (yep - fallen back into my European bias ways). C'MON RORY. And Rory McIlroy misses it. Two minutes ago McDowell and McIlroy were high-fiving. Solemn European faces and a stunned gallery as the Northern Irish pair stroll off to find the 18th tee. Fair play to Cink and Kuchar though.

1555: Roll up roll up. Let's pay a visit to the 17th hole. Kuchar plays a solid tee shot on to the green. Pressure on McDowell and he doesn't go missing as he gives himself a great birdie chance. A/S on the 17th. Excited?

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari v Johnson/Mahan won 2up
Westwood/Kaymer match halved Furyk/Fowler
Won 3&2 Harrington/Fisher v Mickelson/Johnson
Jimenez/Hanson v Woods/Stricker won 4&3
Won 2&1 Poulter/Donald v Watson/Overton
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (16)


1552: Cink and Kuchar pull that one out of the bag and level the match against McDowell and McIlroy. GMac looking a little tight in his shoulders. Deep breaths Graeme with two to play.

European Up
1546: Overton goes well wide with his lengthy putt on the 17th and now Poults has a putt for victory. Cink on the 16th plays a sweet iron short from the lush fairways to within five feet of the pin on the 16th. They're fighting for everything. Here goes Poults. And it's straight in there. Poulter and Donald win 2&1 against Watson and Overton. What a point that is. Huger than huge.

1543: Huge cheers as Luke Donald pulls out a beauty on the tee at the 17th as the ball falls to within four feet. Bubba Watson winds his iron up and the ball bobbles around the bunker edge to dribble on to the green. Looking very very good for the Euro boys in that pairing. Here's a question to all American fans - in fact all fans - do you think we've been overly bias towards the Europeans? Just thought I'd chuck that out there.

European Up
1537: Big cheers and Pavin looks a little disgruntled as Watson's putt falls short. Poults and Donald go 1 up with two to play. If the Americans had a great five minutes half an hour ago, that five minutes definitely goes in favour of the Europeans. Drama building even further.

1536: Here are the two foursomes, followed by the four fourballs. All thoughts welcome.
Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan
Harrington/Fisher v Furyk/Dustin Johnson
Hanson/Jimenez v Watson/Overton
Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari v Cink/Kuchar
Poulter/Kaymer v Mickelson/Fowler

European Up
1532: A comedy of errors from Cink and Kuchar on the 15th involving the sand trap and that means McDowell and McIlroy edge ahead. That might make Monty leave his fingernails alone for a minute. Watson finds the long stuff with a stinky shot on the 16th. A chink of light for Donald and Poults.

1529: Europe player Padraig Harrington: "I couldn't make birdies in the fourballs. But captain Montgomerie gave me responsibility today and it worked well for me. Ross played fantastic.

1528: Europe player Ross Fisher: "It was great to play with a three-time major champion. He took me under his wing and it paid off immensely. "I felt like I let Poulter down earlier and didn't hole enough putts. In this session I wanted to knock it to the green and leave Padraig with putts."

Anon via text: "Europe have no inspiration, no brilliance, no bottle. No chance."
Interesting. Would welcome any thoughts from anyone on that rather gloomy text.

1523: Westwood and Kaymer match halved with Furyk and Fowler. Fowler dug deep to win the 18th with a nerveless putt.

1521: Two matches left. Two big points up for grabs. Rory pops one in on the 14th to get it back to level. Did the Europeans need that or what? Four holes left for those two. While Poulter and Donald and one down against Overton and Watson. Tense times.


1517: Europe player Edoardo Molinari: "We played well from 11th and had a few birdie chances. We're unfortunate not to get half a point."

1517: Europe player Francesco Molinari: "We're a bit disappointed. It wasn't a good start but got back into match over the last few holes. When we came so close it's hard to go away without a half."

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari v Johnson/Mahan won 2up
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (17)
Harrington/Fisher won 3&2 v Mickelson/Johnson (15)
Jimenez/Hanson v Woods/Stricker won 4&3
Poulter/Donald 1 down v Watson/Overton (14)
McDowell/McIlroy 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (13)

US up
1513: Woods and Stricker win 4&3 v Jimenez and Hanson.

European Up
1511: Harrington and Fisher win 3&2 v Mickelson and Johnson.

US up
1508: Mahan and Johnson win 2 up v E and F Molinari. More red as Overton pops one in to go 1 up against Poulter and Donald.

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 17)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (17)
Harrington/Fisher 3 up v Mickelson/Johnson (15)
Jimenez/Hanson 4 down v Woods/Stricker (14)
Poulter/Donald A/S v Watson/Overton (13)
McDowell/McIlroy 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (13)

1505:Donald and Watson play stunning approach shots on the 14th. Super super super-dooper golf. All square this match.

US up
1501: Furyk gets ready and it goes very close. With Westwood getting it so close he had to go for it. Kaymer will hope he can can control his strength to get the ball into the cup. He misses and Fowler holes to halve a tricky one. Cink and Kuchar grab a birdie and go 1 up with five to go.

1459: Fowler strolls up to the tee on the 17th and finds the green on the par three. Westwood smacks it right at the pin. That couldn't have been straighter if you'd have tied a piece of string from tee to flag. About 12 feet for Westwood.

Anon via text: "Stuck at work in busy ambulance control room. Shouldn't be on the internet but cant help myself! Not home til 7.30 tonight. Sounds like highlights on the Beeb are gonna be a fun watch."

Anon via text: "On the 16th at Marbella Club... enjoying the Ryder Cup via BBC... wedding anniversary today.. in so much trouble...!!!?"

Pj from Wokingham via text: "Just put on Ryder cup on after work, and my two little 'uns are glued to it! My four-year-old boy says this is better than Scooby Doo! Ha ha! Come on Europe!"
Sorry to disappoint you but nothing is better than Scooby Doo. Nothing.

US up
1453: Massive putt from Zach Johnson and he nabs the rug right from under the feet of the Molinaris. US go 1 up with one to go. Kaymer plays a shocker with his putter and Westwood looks bemused. BUT WAIT! Westwood hits right back and sinks it and saves the German. Stunning. More fist-clenching. Solid as a large bloomin' chunk of Welsh coal. Bubba Watson sinks one on the 13th to get his match with Poulter and Donald back to level. What a crazy few minutes. The Ryder Cup-ometer definitely swung towards the colour of red there.

1447: Mahan and Francesco Molinari both find the green on the 17th. Boiling up nicely. Session three (foursomes and fourballs) due to start at 1545BST.

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari A/S v Johnson/Mahan (after 16)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (15)
Harrington/Fisher 3 up v Mickelson/Johnson (14)
Jimenez/Hanson 3 down v Woods/Stricker (13)
Poulter/Donald 1 up v Watson/Overton (12)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (11)

1445: It's all getting very very lively now. All predictions gladly welcomed. Remember, it's two foursomes and four fourballs straight after these matches. And PLOP. McDowell finds the water on the 12th. Westwood finds the green on the 16th.

European Up
1440: A cracking little battle ensuing with the Italians fighting for their lives after a slightly dodgy opening few holes. They were two down but now look good on the 16th with Mahan having to dig his ball out of the sandy stuff. Can the Euro boys get it back to level? Edoardo steps up and has two putts to win the hole with two holes to play. He gets within two feet and that's good enough. He pumps the air and the crowd responds. Quite a lively piece of behaviour for the brother deemed "the quiet one". All-square with two to go. Guess where the momentum is going for that one?

1438: Cink putts a corker but hold on, any chance of a cheeky little 21-year-old to match his efforts with thick black bushy hair? Rory McIlory gets the crowd roaring with a sweet 10-footer to halve the hole. All-square after 11.

1432: Let's stroll to the 15th green and Westwood and Kaymer are prowling. The business end of this foursome I think someone may say. Furyk's tall frame stoops over the ball and putts down the hill and gets within four feet. Not bad. The German gets ready to putt - go for it or protect your one hole lead? Nervy moments for Kaymer as he steps back and has another think about his putt. It just drops short by 18 inches and that should ensure the one hole lead. One up and three to play.

mbhemming on Twitter: "Anthony in Singapore - Molly Malones Boat Quay, Prince of Wales - Little India both have good satellite TV ranges."

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SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 15)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (14)
Harrington/Fisher 3 up v Mickelson/Johnson (13)
Jimenez/Hanson 2 down v Woods/Stricker (11)
Poulter/Donald 1 up v Watson/Overton (11)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (10)

1426: Mahan knocks in an easy one and the 15th is halved with the Molinaris. Poulter and Donald edge ahead 1 up as Overton (still wearing his shocking plant pot hat) misses a putt on the 11th which is a bit of a shock. His putter's been somewhat of a magical weapon so far this weekend.

1422: Jim Furyk goes within an inch of the hole. Kaymer and Westwood both miss their birdie chances and the hole's halved. Big chance gone for the Euro boys. Westwood and Kaymer stay 1 up.

1420: Over to the 14th. Westwood and Fowler match each other and both end up on the green. Big shouts from the gallery. Thoughts will start veering towards the points with four holes left for Molinari and co. Five left for Westwood/Kaymer. Nerves are jangling. And that's just me.

1416: It's snack time for the Americans as Zach Johnson chomps on a banana on the 15th tee. Is there a finer nibble in sport? Francesco up first with his driver in his Italian paws. Getting breezy out there and he launches it straight on to the green. Brilliant. Johnson also on the green. 377 yards this hole but drivable (for some) straight across.

1411: Rickie Fowler fearlessly putts in from 10 feet to halve the 13th. Sweet work from the youngster. Francesco Molinari holes to save their Italian skin.

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1406: And please manually refresh. Let's get rid of that name Orlovac shall we?

1403: The clock chimes TWO and it's time to step into the the throne. Great work Mark. Go rest those fingertips. It's topsy-turvy. It's see-saw. It's the beautiful rollercoaster Ryder Cup ride. How are you peeps doing out there? Magic isn't it. Still shopping? Any Americans still staying up? I'd love to hear from you. Tweets. Texts. 606. I don't care.

By Mark Orlovac

1400: Right then, just as Rickie Fowler almost places his tee shot at the 13th into the drink, I'm going to rest this weary keyboard and grab something to eat. I'll leave you in the very capable hands of Mark Ashenden for a bit and I'll be back later. Take care of him now.

1356: Poults is on the ninth and his birdie putt is agonisingly close. Bubba Watson now, with an eight footer, not good enough and he knew it as well, walking towards the ball before it left his flat stick. Poulter and Donald are now all square again.

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Anthony in Singapore via text: "Struggling to find a bar with Ryder Cup coverage in Singapore! Hotel directed me to Hooters and while the scenery is interesting I only have an option of scantily clad staff or Wigan/wolves on the TV. Where does a guy go to see wet Wales here?"

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 12)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (11)
Harrington/Fisher 3 up v Mickelson/Johnson (10)
Jimenez/Hanson 3 down v Woods/Stricker (9)
Poulter/Donald 1 down v Watson/Overton (8)
McDowell/McIlroy 1 up v Cink/Kuchar (8)

US up
1348: I need a lie down. Harrington places his tee shot into the par-three 10th stiff to the flag. It's 18ft away. Fisher drains it and the European pair are three up after winning three holes on the bounce. Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are in big trouble. Elsewhere, McIlroy rattles in a 12ft putt at the eighth to win the hole. The Macs are back in front.

US up
1345: And here's Stricker again... a massive putt on the ninth is running up to the hole... he can't do it again surely.. oh yes he can! Brilliant. Even though he is close, Jimenez can't match it. Woods and Stricker now three up. They were out in 32. Simply superb.

1343: Westwood and Kaymer are only 1up now. A wonderful approach from Furyk leaves Rickie Fowler with an eagle chance but they have to settle for a birdie. Kaymer misses a long putt to save the hole.

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1335: I haven't even got a hat. Anyway, Harrington is showing some signs of life now. His monster putt at the ninth lips out while Dustin Johnson misses his birdie effort. Harrington and Fisher are now two up. Another good shot from Paddy at the par-three 10th. It's just past the pin, 15ft away. Good birdie chance there. Mickelson's shot lands much further away.

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 2 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 11)
Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Furyk/Fowler (10)
Harrington/Fisher 2 up v Mickelson/Johnson (9)
Jimenez/Hanson 2 down v Woods/Stricker (8)
Poulter/Donald 1 down v Watson/Overton (7)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (7)

1330: Monty is on hand at the 11th green to offer some words of support to the Italian brothers. They are back in the room as Francesco fires in an approach from the rough to within 5ft. Edoardo gets the birdie only for Zach Johnson to match him. All square now with the Macs against Cink and Kuchar. Cink, the 2009 Open champion, sinks a birdie putt at the par three seventh. If anyone can predict how these matches will finish, I'll eat my hat.

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1324: Whoops, Kuchar misses a simple one at the sixth to gift the hole to McIlroy and McDowell. The Macs are back to one up. Kaymer finds the rough at the 10th, leaving Westwood with a tricky chip. The Englishman gets it on the dancefloor and Kaymer has a 15 footer for the win. It's close, it's close... bang. The crowd go nuts. That will be heard around the course. Westy and Kaymer are two up.

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 2 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 10)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (9)
Harrington/Fisher 1 up v Mickelson/Johnson (8)
Jimenez/Hanson 2 down v Woods/Stricker (7)
Poulter/Donald A/S v Watson/Overton (5)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (5)

US up
1315: The Molinari brothers are struggling. They were out in 40 and at the 10th, they labour on the greens for another half. Here's Stricker now, he's not the world number four for nothing and there's why. He sinks a monster putt at seven and Stricker and partner Woods are two up.

1311: Johnson and Edoardo Molinari both find the sand with their tee shots at the par-three 10th. On the eighth green, Harrington drains a 10ft putt - welcome to the party Paddy - now Mickelson has a five footer to halve the hole. He misses. Harrington and Fisher back to one up.

European Down
1305: And another one slips away for Europe. Francesco misses a six footer at the ninth - that's a three putt for them which leaves 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan one up. Mickelson with a long one at the seventh green... and he sinks it. Lefty and Dustin Johnson back to all square. Heavier rain now at Celtic Manor by the way.

1301: We haven't had pictures of GMac and McIlroy but they are leading 1up against Cink and Kuchar, oh no they are not - the Americans win the fifth - that match is back to all square.

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 8)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (7)
Harrington/Fisher 1 up v Mickelson/Johnson (6)
Jimenez/Hanson 1 down v Woods/Stricker (5)
Poulter/Donald A/S v Watson/Overton (5)
McDowell/McIlroy 1up v Cink/Kuchar (4)

1255: Tell you what, that partnership of Bubba and Overton are smoking. Watson has a 25 footer at the fifth and there's only one place that is going. Straight in. They are all square against Poults and Donald.

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Rich in Auckland via text: "Slept all evening so I could stay up all night to watch in Auckland. Should not have bothered really, those USA cardigans are loud enough to keep me awake on their own."

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Hilarious moment on 3rd green as Tiger nips for a comfort break. As he gets there the door opens & a blonde walks out. What are the chances?"

1251: Harrington at the sixth... he's got a 15 footer-ish for the win. It breaks right. Never really threatened the hole that. A colleague sitting beside me comments that the three-time major winner's body language doesn't look right. Can't argue with him there.

1247: A bit earlier on there was a little spat at the first when the Molinari caddies did not take a piece of paper showing late changes to the pin placings. Skipper Colin Montgomerie was not a happy camper. Here's what he had to say: "I just can't believe what has been said on the first tee. If caddies are offered a revised pin placing, they usually take it. But from what I have heard, they were offered it and didn't take it. That is not quite right. It is a shame for the Molinaris. They are playing their first hole in the Ryder Cup and they don't know where the pin is! But I am very confident with them."

SNAPSHOT
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Johnson/Mahan (after 7)
Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Furyk/Fowler (7)
Harrington/Fisher 1 up v Mickelson/Johnson (5)
Jimenez/Hanson 1 down v Woods/Stricker (4)
Poulter/Donald 1 up v Watson/Overton (4)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (3)

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Kong in Pula, Sardinia via text: "In response to Micaela Molinari's comments that all Italians are watching the golf. Well, I am in Sardinia and there is not a bar showing it anywhere! Very frustrating! Following on the BBC website. At least I am back tonight to watch the boys return the cup tomorrow."

Patrick via text: "It is 100F in Kuwait. At my work desk overlooking Kuwait City glued to the text updates. Go EUROPE."
I can assure you that it isn't 100F here.

Anon via text: "Is it just me or does Phil Michelson look remarkably like Inspector Gadget?"

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1238: Oh no, that's what we don't want to see, the umbrellas are going up. Let's hope that doesn't get any heavier. Fine approach from Bubba at the fourth, leaving fellow rookie Overton with a five footer. No mistake from the 27-year-old, he's playing well this week isn't he?, he fires in the putt and Poulter and Donald's lead is cut to one.

1233: Kaymer has a lot of work to do on the slope by the sixth green. Westwood didn't help him out by putting the ball in the same place as Francesco did a little earlier. Apparently, as Westwood fired that approach in, former LPGA golfer Dottie Pepper, who is now working for a US broadcaster, sneezed. Insert your own gag here about pepper and sneezing. Anyway, Kaymer can't produce a piece of magic and Furyk and Fowler are one down.

edgeofoblivion on Twitter: "Saturday morning at college has never been so interesting..."

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Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Loving the American cardigans... Boycs [Geoffrey Boycott] has a tank top in that colour..and 15 other colours."

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1225: It's all going off so do bear with me. Bubba misses his par putt at the third which hands the hole to Poulter and Donald, who are now two up. GMac and McIlroy are one down, Kuchar sinking a five footer at the second.

US up
1222: Missing the green proves costly for the Italian brothers. Johnson and Mahan are back to one up. Elsewhere, Johnson misses a pretty straightforward putt at the fourth green leaving Fisher with a short one... and he's drained it. Harrington and Fisher are one up.

SNAPSHOT:
E Molinari/F Molinari A/S v Johnson/Mahan (after 5)
Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Furyk/Fowler (5)
Harrington/Fisher A/S v Mickelson/Johnson (3)
Jimenez/Hanson A/S Woods/Stricker (2)
Poulter/Donald 1 up v Watson/Overton (2)
McDowell/McIlroy A/S v Cink/Kuchar (1)

1215: That's not good from Francesco, his approach to the sixth green is near the water. Furyk puts his stiff to the fifth stick, what a response to the error on the previous hole. That leaves Westwood with a massive putt to halve the hole... and he's made it! Massive cheers from the gallery. Big moment. Jimi with a small putt at the second - that's fallen too. Jimenez and Hanson are now all square with Woods and Stricker. The last 15 minutes have been very good for Europe.

US down
1211: Now I didn't see what happened but it looks like a massive horlicks from Fowler at the fourth. It seems that the 21-year-old rookie played with the wrong ball, using one for his bag instead. As I said, I didn't see the incident but whatever, Westwood and Kaymer are now two up.

European Up
1207:Edoardo has a tiddler at the fifth for the win and he's sunk it. That match with Johnson and Mahan is back to level. And here's Fisher... he has a 15 footer to win the hole... and that's gone in too. That match is also all square. There's also drama in the Furyk/Fowler match...

1204: Lovely approach from Jimi at the second which leaves Hanson with a 15 footer for the win... it's up... but it just rolls wide. BBC Radio 5 live are reporting that the forecast for tomorrow is pretty much the same as yesterday, which is a real blow. Let's hope they are wrong.

1201: Chance for Europe. Dustin Johnson goes left with his approach at the par-three third. That looks like it is swimming. Fisher with the tee shot... but he can't get it on the dancefloor. It runs into a little hollow on the right. Wasted.

that_twisted_cm on Twitter: "It's 4:40am here in Calgary, and glued to my comp screen refreshing like a madman. COME ON YOU EUROPEANS!"

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1156: More cheering at the first. The Macs of Rory and Graeme are ready to get going. McIlroy waves to the crowd, he's made for this isn't he? Meanwhile, Donald drains a five footer at the first, to put him and Poulter one up against Hubba Bubba and Jeff Overton.

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US up
1151: Francesco Molinari's putt lips out at the fourth, which is good news for Mahan and Johnson - they go back to one up. Stricker and Woods win the first hole against Jimi and Hanson. This is a strong start from the Americans.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Micaela Molinari, mother of Francesco and Edoardo, on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm really enjoying it, it's an incredible experience. I've had very little time to speak to Francesco or Edoardo because the team all stay together, but I know they're very, very excited. They didn't manage to speak to Fabio Capello, who was here yesterday, but all Italian people are watching and supporting them this week."

E Molinari/F Molinari A/S Johnson/Mahan (after 3)
Westwood/Kaymer 1up v Furyk/Fowler (after 2)
Harrington/Fisher 1 down v Mickelson/Johnson (after 1)

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US up
1139: With Fowler and Furyk mucking around in the sand, Westwood is left with two putts at the second to win the hole. He puts the first one close and that's enough. No dramas. Westwood and Kaymer go one up. Meanwhile, Harrington's approach to the first - the fourth shot - is nowhere near the pin and that's a double bogey for the Dubliner and Fisher. Mickelson and Johnson are one up.

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From Mark Jones' wife's bedside, Hillingdon Hospital via text: "Hello Mark. What lengths am going to just to keep in touch with the Ryder Cup...? Well I'm reading your updates at every opportunity whilst my wife is in the latter stages of labour at Hillingdon Hospital! Mention this and if it's a boy I'll name it after you. I promise 100%!"
What a sensational message. I'm getting emotional. Good luck.

1134: Here we go then. Tiger's at the first. He leathers it but a sheepish move of his arm to the left shows where that is going. It's way down the left and in the long stuff. Rookie Peter Hanson goes for Europe, his first shot in the Ryder Cup, and he'll remember that for a long, long time. It's a beauty.

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1129: All happening now. A par for the Molinaris at the second is enough for them to get back in the game. That match is all square. Fisher's drive did settle in the bunker but Harrington's attempt to get out is ... er... rubbish. He may as well have hit it with a badminton racquet. The ball nestling a few inches from where he hit it. Then Fowler does the same with a bunker shot at the second. Phew.

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oliverhj84 on Twitter: "Just had a row with the Mrs and she's stormed out 'for the rest of the day'. RESULT. Get to watch the Ryder cup in peace now!"
Now while I do not condone domestic arguments to watch the golf, that may have worked in your favour fella.

1123: Dustin Johnson, the world number 12, is on the fairway with a three wood while there's a pause before Fisher gets going, some naughty person is clicking away with a camera. The Englishman batters his tee shot but he might be in trouble down the left there. I can't see clearly but it could be in the sand.

1118: Infostrada Sports have tweeted that "the previous four editions of the Ryder Cup have all been won by the team winning the first of the five sessions". That doesn't bode well for Europe does it? Harrington and Fisher come to the first tee now as chants of 'Europe! Europe!' ring round the stands. Come on Paddy, Europe needs you to find some form now.

US up
1115: First blood to the United States. Johnson puts his approach at the first to within 10ft and Mahan drains it. They go 1up. Kaymer now, with his approach to the first... and it's a beauty - 6ft from the pin. Lovely.

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Anon via text: "Standing around the first tee watching Molinari tee off gave me goosebumps reminiscent of when I watch Wigan win promotion to the Premiership! Hopefully there will be more to come over the next two days... Jimenez to hole the winner whilst puffing like a chimney on a fat Cuban cigar!"

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Steve from Bromley via text: "Has Fisher upset Monty? First off a fourball against Woods and now in the Foursomes with the wayward Harrington. If Padraig doesn't start hitting it straight it could be all over by the 10th."

1107: As Tiger and Stricker have only just finished their fourballs match, it's the turn of Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler. They are taking on Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Fowler, who looks like he should be in that Hanson beat combo - and what a band they are, tees off first. Bang, on the fairway. Westwood now up for Europe, and he does the same. The balls are just three feet apart. Sociable golf.

1102: Right then, I need all of your chat as this Ryder Cup really gets going today. Predictions for these foursomes perhaps? Maybe you would like to tell me the lengths you are going to in order to keep up with the action. Whatever you would like to talk about, let me know on Twitter, 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message. Don't leave me hanging now.

1059: Two great tee shots. Mahan plays first for the United States and he creams it straight down the middle. Francesco Molinari elects to play first for Europe and he follows suit. This could be a cracking match.

1057: Could you do me a favour my lovelies and refresh this page for me? Then Ash will be consigned to history. For a while. I thank you.

1054: Morning gang. I've been called many things in my time, but a monkey? I'll get Ash back later. Back to the action, no rest for the wicked, the Molinaris are walking to the first tee for the opening foursomes match and what a reception they are getting. The hairs on my neck are standing up. Let's go.

By Mark Ashenden

1050: That might dampen the spirit of Poults a little bit. Great match though. More red than blue on the card. One man pumped up is Mark Orlovac. He's the man (who isn't just for the record actually a monkey) to take over on the live text. Thanks for all your top comments so far. Keep them coming in. I'll still be on Twitter. I'm trying to use as many comments as possible but obviously the action comes first. The foursomes start at 1057. Bring on the Molinari brothers and they're up against Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan (pronounced MAY-HAN if you're a proper American). Predictions? favourite player so far? I'll be back a bit later. Bring on chapter three in this drama. Here's the monkey.

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1044: Fisher's putt doesn't even go close. All down to Poults now. And it's a good putt but it goes wide and the Euro boys concede. STRICKER and WOODS win 2 up vs POULTER and FISHER.

1040: Never has the fluff been more appropriate. Woods' caddie Steve Williams tells the cameras to be put down as Woods tries again and is finally on the green after four. Still not bad for a par five. Poults needs this one. Monty's still smiling as he waves around on his buggy with walkie-talkie being clutched tightly.

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Anthony somewhere in the UK, via text 81111: "I've got my laptop on my work bench following the live updates whilst using wood working machines, don't tell the HSE"

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Shane in Edinburgh, via text 81111: "This is a lifeline! With the kids at sat morning swimming lessons- should be surgically attached to my couch for the rest of the day though- C'mon Europe"

1035: So here are the third shots. Final foursome. Scores all level. Nervous. This could be a big point for the US? Or a half for Europe? Stricker plays a cracker to within six feet. Poults and Fisher safely on but they need a bloomin' miracle. Woods is looking for a spade to dig his ball out of the mud.

1032: HERE ARE THE FOURSOMES. First pairing is the Molinari boys - and they go off at 1057 BST. Here are the names: Miguel Angel Jimenez/Peter Hanson v Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker
Edoardo and Francesco Molinari v Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan
Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer v Jim Furyk/Rickie Fowler
Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher v Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson
Ian Poulter/Luke Donald v Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton
Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar
Thoughts please on these foursomes?

1027: So we're down to the par five 18th. Poults and Fisher need to win the hole to get a half. How important could this be come 30-odd hours? Poults pings it down the fairway. Safe. Stricker fires it a bit longer than Poults and sits pretty just next to the rough but still in the short stuff. Fisher pops a safe one down the fairway. Woods up next - still tinkering with his swing - and BOOM - and it goes left. Way left. Tiger points and the crowd are left running scampering for cover. Mind your heads folks. That puts a bit of pressure on Stricker. Third shots coming up....

1025: Big news coming up with the foursomes. I have a small monkey typing them out for me as we speak. I say monkey. He's called Mark Orlovac and he'll be taking over from me a bit later but he's the only man hairier than me in this office.

1022: The foursomes just being released...back in a sec.

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Oli in London, via text 81111: "My mother has never played golf, never watched golf, never had any interest in it. She's just rung me saying: "Thought you might like to know that M cIlroy has just canned a 40 footer on 17". I love it."
I've got in trouble before with mother comments. But I'm growing to love your mum the more I get to know more about her. Love it. Love her.

Europe's Graeme McDowell: "I was happy to see the ball hang on on the last approach. Happy to steal a half point from that match."

Europe's Rory McIlroy: "I said to GMac (McDowell) I would try to make two on the 17th and then go on to win the match. There was so much buzz from the crowd so it's nice to repay them. I'm happy with how we came out today."

1019: Woods can't hole his putt so the third pairing goes to the 18th. Any more drama? Any more balls in the water? Can Poults weave his magic?

US up
1016: WATSON and OVERTON win 3&2 vs DONALD and HARRINGTON

1012: Fisher's ball just drifts to the lift of the cup on the 17th. Poults now up with his putter. Is he up for it? Not a bad effort but a tad too high and hard. Woods will have a putt for the match.

1009: Fisher plants his ball on the green on the par three 17th. Poults hits the bank and he's got a 25-footer. Woods has a 10 foot putt. The US looking good in the third pairing. By the way, Harrington is the only player without a birdie out of both teams as he plays into the rough.

1006: Down to two pairings. Stricker and Woods are 1 up with three to play. Watson and Overton are 3 up with three to play.

1004: McIlroy and McDowell halved Cink and Kuchar. Half a point each. That's almost a win! The Euro pair were two down at the start of play after 11 holes. Cracking effort. Cracking match. Cracking golf.

1002: Kuchar goes left. McDowell has a three-footer for a half. I'm feeling nervous.

1000: Here we go then....Time for McDowell (whose light beard is befitting for a man to take this all-action pairing into the final hole). Monty's chewing on his nails as McDowell goes short. Kuchar has a putt to win the hole. (PLEASE manually refresh if you want to eradicate that horrible BOLD in the last update - sorry folks)

0958: Cink back in action again. And guess what? YEP - CINK SUNK ..AGAIN. Know any sinking words that rhymes with Rory? That's the pair of them in the water. Again. Down to McDowell and Kuchar. Donald meanwhile takes his Euro pairing to another hole with a cracking putt. Him and Harrington are 3 down with three to play.

0955: Kuchar stays cool and fires it to 25 feet behind the pin. McDowell up next. You know how massive this shot is? Large. Very. It looks magnificent and there are huge cheers but then it rolls back to the fringe. Agony. Hands on the hips time. Looks like a match shared but who knows eh with this crazy game?

0952: Cink has sunk! (Obvious I know but oh dear). His ball heads to the right of green and then hits the bank and rolls backwards..and backwards and PLOP! And McIlroy's ball finds a watery grave. McDowell's ball is in the middle of the fairway and down to him and Kuchar for the hole. Dramarama.

0946: And so it goes down to a one hole shoot-out. McIlroy and McDowell stride on to the 18th for a head-to-head with Cink and Kuchar. Who's got the bottle for this?

0944: Fisher plops his in to save a half. Him and Poults still one down.

Westwood/Kaymer win 3&2 Mickelson/D Johnson
McIlroy/McDowell A/S v Cink/Kuchar (17)
Poulter/Fisher 1 down v Stricker Woods (14)
Donald/Harrington 3 down v Watson/Overton (14)

* Europe pairings first

0937: Cink and Kuchar sweetly on the green on the 17th par three. They only need to win one more hole. Fisher chips out of the rough and he gets to within 12 feet. Not bad. with a putt to halve the 14th hole - he looks a little edgy but he pops it in. AND WALLOP - Rory is shouting his lungs out after knocking in a monster birdie on the 17th. "C'MON" he cries. He's clapping his hands and loving it. And that match is all level. Ohhh - who's tummy is quivering? Maybe it's just me. Or I'm hungry. Nope - the drama is rising.

0933: So here's the deal. Cink and Kuchar are 1 up with two to go. Stricker and Woods are 1 up with four to go. Watson and Overton 3 up with five to go. Here we go..... See any blue coming out of that?

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NicMc, via text 81111: "I bought my new handbag yesterday! Bf gone to Celtic Manor today but i'm following you guys and i don't even like golf! "
Top effort. Washing up done? (Only joking)

0926: Few nervy moments on the 16th green as Rory McIlroy gives his ball no chance. There are 12 holes left in the fourballs with these three pairings. This is where the pressure will start cranking up. Monty and Pavin must be stuck in a buggy somewhere chewing their faces off.

0923: Eyes back to the course. Three pairings to go. Stricker has a putt to win the 14th hole but blows it wide. Poulter on the 14th and he gets his putt for a half. Fist-pumping by Poults. Is there a player any more pumped up? He even ran into the hotel this morning. Full of beans that boy.

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Anonymous, via text 81111: "Have a wedding to go to, starting at 11, finishing in the small hours, don't know either of the happy couple. Never has 'live text' been so important!"
I'm sure the happy couple will understand. Just keep the phone on silent in the church.

Europe player Martin Kaymer: "I got goosebumps on every hole. It's great to play my first Ryder Cup and win the first match."
Anybody else with goosebumps? Still early days though. Monty was saying earlier how important it was to lead after the fourballs but let's just sit back and enjoy the action for now. No pressure. I was lying in bed last night thinking: Is there a better sporting event in the world than the Ryder Cup? I was close to thinking NO. All thoughts welcome.

Europe player Lee Westwood: "It's always nice to get the first point on the board. Captain Montgomerie sent us out first with that intention."

Westwood/Kaymer win 3&2 Mickelson/D Johnson
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (15)
Poulter/Fisher 1 down v Stricker Woods (13)
Donald/Harrington 3 down v Watson/Overton (13)

* Europe pairings first

0912: So the first point to Europe. Solid stuff. Don't get carried away Europe fans. The other three pairings are covered in RED. The six foursomes get going at 1045BST. Keep your predictions and nonsense coming in - any methods. TEXT, TWEET, 606. I'm not fussy. Send me a postcard if you like.

European Up
0910: WESTWOOD + KAYMER beats MICKELSON + JOHNSON 3 and 2. FIRST BLOOD TO EUROPE.

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Andy, being dragged to Reading, via text 81111: "Shopping with my girlfriend today, but you just have to love modern telephones......2-2 after the fourballs"
Does that girl not know the most important thing going on today is not getting hold of a new handbag? (I know girls shop for other things than handbags and some will be following the Ryder Cup - just wanted to throw that in.

0905: Harrington tees off on the par three 13th and gets within four feet. Is this the big comeback? Kaymer climbs into the sand on the 16th and he pulls out a firecracker. That puts some pressure on Mickelson/Johnson. They can't afford to lose any more holes. It's the only blue on the card though. How do you see these fourballs finishing off?

Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 15)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (13)
Poulter/Fisher 1 down v Stricker Woods (13)
Donald/Harrington 3 down v Watson/Overton (12)

* Europe pairings first

0858: Tiger's putt on the 13th goes right and he'll only par on that one. Mickelson's trusty left arms hook the ball on the 16th. Pressure building on the American pair - two down with three to play in the first pairing. Jeff Overton bags another - he's flying and six-under after 12 holes. Watson/Overton now three up with six to play. Donald and Harrington are another pair needing to crank it up.

0856: Big cheers but it's only for a half! McIlroy putts in on the 14th and the 21-year-old races after the ball even before it falls into the cup. Big cheers. Rory's got the spring in his steps. Him and McDowell need to start raising it because they're running out of holes and they're one down and against high-flying Cink.

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Dave, via text 81111: "At heathrow airport flying back to belfast after 3 days of mud pie at celtic airport security took at long hard look at my still wet and muddy golf shoes. Wish I was there today but thanks for updates"

0851: It all happened too quick there - Westwood putted coolly to bag another hole against Mickelson and Johnson. They go two-up with three to play. That looks good for Europe but the US looking strong in the other three pairings. Six foursomes set to start at 1045BST.

Westwood/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 15)
McIlroy/McDowell 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (13)
Poulter/Fisher 1 down v Stricker Woods (12)
Donald/Harrington 2 down v Watson/Overton (11)

* Europe pairings first

US up
0840: Back on the 12th green - Poulter v Tiger. Poults chips to within three feet. Nice. I have a problem - I have a croissant - I want it. I need it. But sticky fingers will ensue. Problems. Any suggestions? Back to the green. Stricker chips straight in from off the green. Brave and brilliant. Fisher will have a long putt for a half. Oh lordy. Poults offering some advice on the line. Six holes left after this one. Big. This is big. And Fisher went for it - goes wide and long. A hammer blow and that's a massive hole for the US.

0835: Poulter plays a useful looking chip until it falls short of the 12th green - wrong club? Fisher up next as the sun blazes down. What a change to yesterday morning. Anybody out on a golf course this morning? Let me know. Fisher stamps the ground and plays a seven iron on the edge of the green. Not bad Ross. While Dustin Johnson drives his ball way right on the 15th and into the long stuff. Tiger on the 12th. He purses his lips and gets the ball on target - it hits the green but falls off to the edge. The semi-smile falls off his face.

Twitter
TheLeighRoy on Twitter: "Really Looking forward to seeing the Molinari brothers later. I think they'll enjoy this weekend. Prediction? 3 points each."

European Up
0829: Westwood has a 14 footer and would you believe it? It comes in left and it dances all around the cup and says "nope, not today". The first big ooohs of the day. And Rory McIlroy finally wakes up with his first birdie. And now the Northern Irish pair are just one-down after 13. That match is brewing nicely. All four points up for grabs. Love it.

0827: Quick reminder. Admin if you like. TV highlights on BBC Two and website later on. And regarding on the course - the fourballs are being completed and then it's six foursomes. Every player will be in action later! You're all going to be suffering from indigestion after this feast of golfing drama. Some big cheers spreading around the course. Let's take a look....

0823: Ross Fisher on the 11th par five and he's got a tricky one for a half. How cool is he? Cool? He's freezing, never looked in any doubt. Westwood strikes a cracker on the 14th. Big chance on that one. The drama never lets up does it. How can a man enjoy his coffee with these topsy-turvy goings on going on?

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Gary in Market Harborough, via text 81111: "First blood to the US. My son Cameron likes the US purpley/lilac look (slightly worrying) and has given them the best outfit prize."
What kind of parent are you sir? You need to get a grip and stamp out these extreme fashion opinions. What do I know? As a new parent myself, I should be asking you for tips. Keep up the good work.

0818: As the sun pokes his head up over the hill and says HELLO, McDowell sends the ball into the cup to keep the score at two-down against Cink and Kuchar after 12.

0816: Following Poulter's poor chip, his partner Ross Fisher pulls a sweet one out of the bag and chips the ball to within seven feet. Big cheers.
Morning fourballs latest scores

Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 13)
McIlroy/McDowell 2 down v Cink/Kuchar (11)
Poulter/Fisher AS v Stricker Woods (10)
Donald/Harrington 2 down v Watson/Overton (10)

* Europe pairings first

0812: Tiger Woods pulls his wedge out - 123 yards to the pin - and he says "god dammnit"...just goes left of the pin. The boy's growling. And now time for Poulter with a dark sweater. And he's played a shocker. The ball lands on the front of the green and spins back and off the putting surface. Mmmm Overtonplops one in on the 10th and already high-fives this morning and that's a bit of red for the US.

0810: Westwood putting up hill...and with the steamy lake in the background it dribbles right. Europe one-up with five to play in that pairing...that was a chance. But this is the sort of competition where every putt leaves your heart in your mouth.

0806:Bubba Watson finds the sand (bunkers look pretty well drained so hats to the groundstaff) and Jeff Overton does a little better but it's a quick look at the par three 13th. Johnson's ball kisses the edge of the cup but it doesn't drop. Here's Mickelson and he pulls up short. Kaymer's chance first to win the hole....and it drifts to the right. Now just down to Westwood....

0759: A minute early, Phil Mickelson gets the day going with a sweet little iron into the centre of the green on the par three 13th. Americans sporting purple - almost lavender - jumpers. And Luke Donald - who had about 13 hours to ponder his four foot putt - and he HOLES IT. What that must have been like to sleep on a putt like that. How you all feeling today? Lively? Confident? Anybody wearing any bad shades today?

0757: Almost there with the start of day two. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are buffing up their clubs and they look ready for action. Four minutes to go. It's looking a bit brass monkeys out there (translation: bit nippy).

0753: Don't forget our BBC Sport website man Rob Hodgetts braving the elements (although he's probably tucking into a fry-up on a plate the size of a dustbin laid right now) for all the latest news from Celtic Manor (when Monty allows him to tweet!) RobHodgetts on Twitter.

Twitter
thethirdhalf on Twitter: "I'll probably watch the first hour or two of play from the states before crashing. I think the Ryder Cup will finish 14-14."

Twitter
skywaker9 on Twitter: "Back here again from the west coast of the USA. Enjoying a spot of golf before bed. GO USA! #rydercup"
HEYYY our friends across the pond are with us. Just. Don't even think about going to bed yet. Call yourself a fan? Pathetic.

Too busy for a few words before the day's play from Monty? about his European team? Not a chance. "It's a good mood. It was a disappointing hour and half last night and it gave the momentum away. This is now a very important two hours of golf. To take a lead into the foursomes is important. I can afford to put six foursomes out there - we could never have done that 10 years ago. They all want to play and I'm sure they'll be up for it today. It's important for us to take a lead into the final day and I think we'll do that."

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James B in Melbourne, Australia, via text 81111: "Just waiting for the rather dull aussie rules grand final replay to finish, so i can get stuck into a ryder cup day 2 bonanza. Come on europe"
Plenty of European fans shouting already on Twitter and the texts. Any Americans whopping out there?

Twitter
mbhemming on Twitter: "Stuck in Gabon in the tropical heat, glued to the laptop, hoping we get a full days play today! Go Europe!"

0741: So those are the latest scores. Here's a breakdown of what will happen today. Friday's fourball matches will be completed this morning with the US up in two of the matches. There'll be no let-up today so hold on to your hats. Instead of the standard four foursomes matches, there will be six, meaning all 12 players on both sides will feature rather than eight. That can only be good for the spectators and you guys right? Then depending on when they finish, there will be two foursomes and four fourballs (could be later today or first thing Sunday), finishing up with the 12 singles. Europe need 14.5 points to win. That make sense?

Westwood/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/D Johnson (after 12)
McIlroy/McDowell 2 down v Cink/Kuchar (11)
Poulter/Fisher AS v Stricker Woods (10)
Donald/Harrington 1 down v Watson/Overton (8)

* Europe pairings first

0733: On to the plan. Play gets going at 0800. It was 0745 but they need to move players to their respective positions. Forecast is good, despite a bit of mist drifting in. There were fears fog would sit over the course and cause disruption but it looks like it's only the practice range the only affected area. Some small rain showers expected between 1700-1800BST, it will be quite a breezy day but HEY - it's going to be generally dry. So the course director says. Get your slippers on, save this page as a favourite, find your spot on the sofa, get the kettle on, get back to work, just do what you've got to do, let's do this together. Details on who's up next....

The sun is out
0728: It's day two at the Ryder Cup. Thanks to yesterday's cloud explosions, the organisers have been forced to come up with a plan B. Probably plan Y actually. Either way, it's a race to finish by Sunday night with a new format. Play gets going at 0800. More details in a sec. But a cosy snuggly warm welcome to everybody this morning. Or evening. Depending where you are. Where are you? How are you?

0725: Morning. Build-up. Nerves. Relief. Utter joy. Rain. Puddles. Soggy pants. Waiting. More waiting. Relief. Delight. More nerves. More build-up. Ohh the joys of waiting for buses on a Saturday morning. Right. Now what's going on today?




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