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Ryder Cup 2010 day three as it happened

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LATEST SCORE - EUROPE 9½-6½ USA

By Mark Orlovac

1912: Well, that was a great way to finish the day wasn't it? Very, very sorry. Try to forget that ever happened. You'll be very pleased to hear that I won't be here to give you wrong information tomorrow! A top team will be here from around 0800 BST to take you through it. Enjoy.

1907: Massive apologies. We've been given a bum steer on the singles match-ups. I can't say sorry enough. Here are the correct ones:
Lee Westwood v Steve Stricker
Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink
Luke Donald v Jim Furyk
Martin Kaymer v Dustin Johnson
Ian Poulter v Matt Kuchar
Ross Fisher v Jeff Overton
Miguel Angel Jimenez v Bubba Watson
Francesco Molinari v Tiger Woods
Edoardo Molinari v Rickie Fowler
Peter Hanson v Phil Mickelson
Padraig Harrington v Zach Johnson
Graeme McDowell v Hunter Mahan

dougalman on Twitter: "Some very interesting match ups, could go to the wire; horrible feeling I'll be stuck in a meeting at work as it comes to a head!"


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Chris, ex PGA tour caddie, via text: To John Cregan (see below) - I disagree with you entirely. We shouldn't be disappointed or embarrassed about wearing our hearts on our sleeves, or for the team to follow Monty's orders. I think the passion they have shown is exactly what is needed to beat the US and this is what is much needed in such a charged arena. And after all, Monty should know."

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Ian Poulter on Twitter: "Now that's what you call a special day for European golf, everybody was playing from pure heart and pure passion. A hard day tomorrow. Awesome."

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Anon via text: "The Ryder Cup for me is the top sporting event - it beats the likes of the World Cup and Wimbledon for passion, excitement and skill."
I couldn't agree with you more.

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Steve via text: "Scampi and fries? Anon knows how to treat a women lol! Did they come in a basket?"
In my world, that kind of meal is a luxury night out!!

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John Cregan on 606: "The behaviour of the Europeans on the course has been disappointing in the main with both Macs and Fisher and the Molinaris ridiculously waving and punching their fists at the crowd. It obvious (especially in Fisher's case, who is normally an impeccable sportsman) that the instructions are coming from Monty. It's actually worse that the US Team at Valhalla. A bit embarrassing actually..."

1827: We all know that Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup record isn't as good as it should be for such a wonderful golfer but it is worth pointing out that Mickelsonnow has the most amount of defeats in US Ryder Cup history. He's now on 17 losses, one ahead of Raymond Floyd.

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Anon via text: "Took the wife out to the pub pretending I didn't know the golf was on. She hates sport but two bottles of cabernet sauvignon and some scampi fries later, she's loving it."

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brazilwatcher on 606: "A great day for Europe. A shame that both captains are almost obliged by convention to include the big major winners, even if they aren't on form. Woods has been a waste of time for the US and I think Paul Casey would have been a better choice than Harrington. The Molinaris haven't done too badly, I just wish they could putt better!"


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Spamburger on 606: "Re 1809: Big guns early doors could leave the US playing catch-up all the way, but it wouldn't take much for them to feel the swing in momentum as the match goes on and to feed off it, leaving a bigger weight on the shoulders of Europe's weaker players. He needs a couple of steady, experienced players to finish, imo. I'm going for Jimenez, GMac and/or Harrington to close out."

Francesco Molinari: "Lots of things go through your mind when you face a putt like that on the 18th but I just focused on making a good strike. I wasn't confident after missing a couple of short putts today, I would have been more confident if Edoardo had to putt it, but I made it. It was very nice playing with Edoardo, even if we are rookies we played very well."

1815: Here's a quick reminder of the timings for tomorrow: play will begin at 0905 BST, with the last of the 12 singles matches starting at 1117 BST.

Twitter
Graeme McDowell on Twitter: "Greatest session in Ryder Cup history!!!! What an effort from Team Europe. Team USA were hit by a Blue Euro Freight train today."

1809: You'll be very pleased to hear I'm sure that I'm going to keep you company for a while longer for a bit more reaction and hopefully the singles line up. What would you do then? From Monty's comments there, I reckon he'll send out the big guns early doors. I'm going for Westwood, Poulter and Donald as his top three. Views?

European skipper Colin Montgomerie: "It's incredible what has just happened out there. All credit to every one of them but especially to Hanson and Jimenez and that putt on 15, which really got us going. This is what momentum is all about - you get it and it changes the whole thing. Especially Tiger Woods, for him to lose 6&5 will have an effect on the whole of their team. He's their top player and the world number one. That was massive. The crowd have been superb. The bank around holes 16, 17 and 18 were built for them. It was a superb effort from all 12 players and that's what it takes to win a Ryder Cup. I said 8-8 would have been great but 9½-6½ changes everything and my singles line-up will now be altered."

1803: Well, well. Caught your breath yet? An incredible day. Europe will take a 9½-6½ lead into the singles. It's a very good lead but remember what happened at Brookline in 1999, Europe led 10-6 after the second day and ended up losing 14½-13½.

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Former United States Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger on Twitter: "Colin confirms what was very clear when format change made on Friday. Big advantage to Europe and they took advantage of it!"

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Rich from Berkhamsted via text: "I'm 40 tomorrow, day off work, kids at school and 12 singles to watch - what a great birthday present. C'mon Europe!"

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PlantpotTheRed on 606: "Fantastic entertainment... how can anybody not enjoy that sort of drama!!??"

Martin Kaymer: "The goal today was to keep the blue scores on board. We played well in the afternoon and evening yesterday and had to keep doing that today. It was important not to lay back. Ian [Poulter] played well the whole round and I made some putts too. I can't wait to go out for singles now. If same amount of fans come out it will be amazing. Play my first Ryder Cup has been so fun. We're leading and everyone wants to come out and play well so we can get the trophy tomorrow."

Ian Poulter: "It's unbelievable. It was a great buzz to get back out on the course this morning and then we opened with a couple of early birdies before they played some good shots too. Just look at this crowd, the sun is shining, we've got 40,000 fans cheering us on and I've got a great man [Kaymer] standing next to me. This is awesome. The way they've created the last few holes here make it a brilliant way to finish."

European Up
1751: Francesco now... if I was him I wouldn't be able to hold the club... AND IT'S IN. What. A. Putt. Francesco's approach deserved that and that half feels like a win for Europe. Edoardo Molinari & Francesco Molinari halve their match with Stewart Cink & Matt Kuchar. Incredible.

1750: Edoardo up first... no good. It races past. Francesco, it's over to you...

1749: This is what the Ryder Cup is all about. Cink and Kuchar card par fives at the last, leaving the Molinaris with birdie putts to win the hole and halve the match. I can hardly look.

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Anon via text: "You've been gifted a point there by Phil's terrible putting. Kaymer was awful."

1744: There's one group out now and Europe need something from the Italian brothers here. Edoardo Molinari to the 18th green... and he's within 10ft. Now Francesco... and HAVE THAT! He's 4ft from the stick. This match is not over yet.

European Up
1742: That's a good attempt from Mickelson, he's got four feet to go. Now Kaymer, two putts to win it... and he puts it close. Mickelson picks up his marker, he concedes. That's his third defeat this week. Poulter and Kaymer win 2&1 against Mickelson and Fowler. The score is now 9-6 to Europe.

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Mystiroakey on 606: "Mickelson doesn't feel comfortable in that USA kit. He is a European at heart and would win every game for us."

Ball in rough
The sun is out
1736: Right then, as the sun sets at Celtic Manor, the final group reach the 17th tee box. Poulter and Kaymer land their balls on the green, Fowler puts his right into the sand while Mickelson goes left into the rough. The American pair will need something very special to stay in this match. A cheeky manual refresh will make the points at the top of this page as they should be.

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slashermcguirk on 606: "Harrington had a birdie putt on nearly every hole, it's just that Fisher was on fire. Harrington only had three bad holes today. He has been pretty solid."

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
Won 3&1 McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Won 2&1 Harrington/Fisher v Furyk/Dustin Johnson
Won 2up Hanson/Jimenez v Watson/Overton
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (17)
Poulter/Kaymer 2up v Mickelson/Fowler (16)

European Up
1730: I can feel the tension at the 18th green. It's thick with nerves. Watson to go next, his putt is short. Now Overton... this to halve the match... and it races by. That's another point for Europe. Jimenez and Hanson beat Watson and Overton 2up. Boom and bust baby. Open that Rioja and let it breathe.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
Won 3&1 McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Won 2&1 Harrington/Fisher v Furyk/Dustin Johnson
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (17)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (17)
Poulter/Kaymer 2up v Mickelson/Fowler (16)

1728: Hanson with a putt at the last from a long way away... and that curls very close. That's a steady par for him. Kaymer at 16 after a fine bunker shot, he needs this to half... and he does. Great clutch putt. Poulter and Kaymer dormie two.

1726: Edoardo Molinari has the chance to win the 17th hole... but it drifts right. That hole is halved and Cink and Kuchar take a one hole lead up the last. Mickelson puts his long putt close at 17 and he'll settle for a four.

1722: Hanson lands on the 18th green with his wedge, as does Overton. Now it's Jimi with his third... brilliant. It lands pin high and then rolls down the hill a little. That will leave him with a 10 footer maybe. Watson is also on the green in three but he has a lot more work to do.

ziggyboy on 606: "The Molinari brothers could be the make or break for Europe. Neither have played well and it seems when push comes to shove they haven't got what it takes."

1718: I haven't seen any shots at the last and then I look up to see Bubba Watson dredging it up from the thick rough to the left of the fairway. That needed to be an agricultural swing to get that ball out. He's on the fairway though, way short of the water.

1715: Cink, Kuchar and the Molinaris all on the 17th green. Here's Poulter with his approach to 16... and he doesn't like it. He pushes it right and that's in a bunker at the back of the green. Kaymer goes for the pin... and that plops into a bunker too. Whoops. Mickelson wisely plays it safe and puts it on the flat stuff. That's good matchplay golf. Advantage America.

European Down
US up
1710: What do they say, 'if you are not up, you are not in'. Well Francesco Molinari has a five footer at the 16th but leaves it quite a few inches short. Poor. Then it's Edoardo from the fringe, and that's too long. Cink and Kuchar now 1up with two to play.

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hawick on 606: "It's not always about a fast start. A strong finish is even more important. The US did it in the first session, the Europeans retaliating today. Who finishes the stronger on Monday will win the Ryder Cup!"

European Up
1705: Poulter for the hole at 15... AND IT'S IN. He pumps the air and screams to the crowd. Poulter and Kaymer two up with three to play. I don't know about you but I'm feeling a little nervy. This is going to be a massive 30 minutes.

1704: Bubba Watson from the sand at 17... brilliant shot. He should scramble a three there. Jimi for the win... and that did not have enough. It breaks right. Europe will go down the last in that match needing a half to win it.

1700: Hanson was in the sand at 17 by the way, and that is a wonderful shot from the bunker. He's three foot away. Mickelson at 15... and that is another poor putt. It has to be said that his body language doesn't look right. Fowler from the rough, great shot. He'll have a par four, with Poulter having the chance to win the hole.

Padraig Harrington: "I think quality-wise. Ross played the best golf anybody's seen at the Ryder Cup. The support was unbelievable. Every time I looked up or smiled I got a cheer."

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
Won 3&1 McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Won 2&1 Harrington/Fisher v Furyk/Dustin Johnson
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (16)
E Molinari/F Molinari A/S v Cink/Kuchar (15)
Poulter/Kaymer 1up v Mickelson/Fowler (14)

1655: Jimenez at the par-three 17th, and that's a pearler. Crack open the Rioja. Right on the green. Overton leaks his right and the ball nestles in the rough in the middle of the two greenside bunkers. Here's Hubba Bubba, and it finds the sand. Didn't see where Hanson's ball went. Advantage Europe. By the way, if you refresh the page, the scores will be all present and correct. Thanks.


European Up
1652: And there's another. Jimi drains a 20ft birdie putt at 16 to put all the pressure on Overton, who has a tricky one to save the hole. Oh, it's short. Jimenez and Hanson are now 1up over Watson and Overton. Wow.

European Up
1649: Variety entertainment o'clock at the 17th green as the vast gallery cheer every time Harrington and Fisher lift their caps off their heads - which they do every 30 seconds during their greenside interview. Lovely. Meanwhile, at 15, Kuchar needs to hole a chip from the rough at the edge of the green. He misses. The Molinaris level the match and red disappears off the leaderboard. It's swinging back towards Europe.

European Up
1646: Here's Fisher then... that's a 15 footer... BOOM BABY. It's in. He drops his putter, lifts his arms in the air and that is another vital win. Harrington and Fisher beat Dustin Johnson and Furyk 2&1.

1643: Furyk does a good job with that to be fair. The ball rolls long by a few feet. Now it's Fisher to win the match.... Meanwhile, in the office a colleague is handing around the KitKat fingers*. Sensational afternoon boost that.
* Other chocolate/biscuit based snacks are available.

The rough
1641: There are thousands of people around the 17th green as Furyk takes a look at his ball which leaked left into the rough. The green falls away from him so this will be very tricky chip.

European Up
1638: Mickelson's putting woes continue. He puts a twitchy four-footer left of the hole and it lips out. He didn't look confident with that at all. Poulter and Kaymer now 1up with four to play.

1636: Here's Fisher at the par-three 17th, and he lands that tee shot right on the green... as does Harrington. That's what the European doctor ordered.

AaronWood1986 on Twitter: "8-8 not great seeming as we had all blue at start of day. We have a few weak links going into the singles that I worry about."

1632: Fisher is on the 16th with a chance to win the match... but he doesn't get the read right and the hole is halved. Harrington and Fisher are now dormie two. Meanwhile, have a listen to Goldie Lookin' Chain's Rhys Hutchings on BBC Radio Four saying how good Newport is and how famous stars like David Beckham have even visited the home of the Ryder Cup this week. Tidy.

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Roger in Camden via text: "Who's with me on Bubba as a great Mork (and Mindy) lookey-likey? Mork calling Overton, come in Overton."

1628: Hanson with a clutch putt to halve the hole... and he holds his nerve. Phew. That was a knee-jangler if ever I saw one. That match remains all square.

1624: Edoardo Molinari scrambles a half for Europe at 14. He pumps his arms in an attempt to lift the crowd as well as himself and his brother. They need to get things going against Cink and Kuchar, who are 1up after 14.

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Ryushinku on 606: "At this point in time, I would most definitely settle for 8-8. Because I think 7-9 is looking more likely."

1618: Cracking stuff from Hanson at 15. He floats his chip into the air from the slope near the water and it lands 4ft away. That should be a three. Overton, back with that frankly ridiculous floppy hat, has an eagle chance but it fades left. On 14, Fowler copies what Francesco Molinari did a little earlier and finds the water.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
Won 3&1 McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Harrington/Fisher 2up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 15)
Hanson/Jimenez A/S v Watson/Overton (14)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 down v Cink/Kuchar (13)
Poulter/Kaymer A/S v Mickelson/Fowler (13)

1614: It's all getting a bit untidy now from Europe. Hanson is very near the water with his tee shot at 15, then Jimi puts his in the rough. Their American opponents are safely on. It's all on Edoardo Molinari's shoulders at 14 but his approach is in the sand. Times they are a-changing.

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Matt via text: "In Delhi working at the Commonwealth Games, pretending to write e-mails on my Blackberry but watching the text commentary instead. Most people here not much of a clue when I ask where I can watch the Ryder cup. Point lead overnight will be plenty."

US up
US up
1607: Interesting times. You sense the momentum is shifting towards the United States now. Mickelson holes a 20 footer at 13 and that match against Poulter and Kaymer is all square. At 14, Hanson misses a long putt which would have halved the hole and now Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton are all square. Hmmm. As things stand, the scores after session three would be 8-8. Would you take that?

1603: Francesco Molinari at the 14th tee, oh dear, it's in the drink down the right. Haven't got a water graphic I'm afraid. Fisher lifts his out of the rough at the 15th and it stops inside Furyk, 3ft away. Hands of silk. Dustin with the long putt, and is a foot from the hole.

1601: Harrington digs his ball out of the rough and it rolls downhill towards the hole. Not bad. Furyk now, and he almost holes the blinking thing. Lovely touch from the 40-year-old.

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Ryder Cup on Twitter: "Inside news from European camp, Monty put note above team doors this morning: 'The US will come out fast, let's make sure we come out faster'."

1556: We are on the 15th tee with the Harrington group. Padraig, Fisher and Furyk are all in the muck to the right of the green. Dustin Johnson, however, goes for it and plops his ball on the dancefloor. That's an eagle chance for him.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
Won 3&1 McDowell/McIlroy v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Harrington/Fisher 2up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 14)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (13)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1 downv Cink/Kuchar (13)
Poulter/Kaymer 1 up v Mickelson/Fowler (12)

US up
1552: Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink have long putts at the par-three 13th to win the hole. Cink is close, no cigar. Now Kuchar from 25ft... it can't be... oh yes it is. It slowly rolls into the hole and they are leading the Molinaris by one. The first red on the scoreboard today.

Rain
US down
1549: Dustin Johnson is at 14th with a short putt to halve the hole... crikey, he's missed it. Nervy times. Harrington and Fisher 2up on Furyk and D Johnson with four to play. Oh hello, it's raining again. Surely there can't be any water left?

Graeme McDowell: "It feels completely different winning a point in the Ryder Cup and winning a major, you can't compare the two. This is pure adrenaline and the crowd have been huge over the last two days. We had a big session last night and we knew the US would come hard at us today. They birdied the first hole after we resumed, so we knew we had to dig deep and a point is huge for team. We want to win this very, very badly. Monty has been an inspiration and we've got a great backroom staff. We're all desperate to win this for Europe."

Rory McIlroy: "It's massive. It's great for me to win a point - but more for team. We're rallying today. We needed to lead from the front and that's what we've done. The crowd has been our 13th man, we're doing it for them and everyone else. I'm up for the singles tomorrow, whoever I play it will be a great battle and I'll go out there and do everything I can to get a point for the team."

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Simon in a hospital room in Bangkok, via text: "Nervously watching Mickelson/Fowler closing in on Poulter/Kaymer - on mute (!!) to not wake the Mrs who is recovering. We need some German efficiency at Celtic Manor now."

1538: EUROPE! EUROPE! chant the crowd. McIlroy lifts his hands in the air. Assistant Sergio Garcia dances around the green. Massive celebrations. I even feel like dancing around the office. Can't though, I'm professional. The match is now tied at 6-6. If you refresh this page, that fact will be displayed at the top.

1536: McIlroy is on the 17th green and he has a 10 footer to win the match... yes... yes... he's got it! McIlroy and McDowell beat Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan 3&1.

US up
1533: Poulter puts his approach into the 11th green within 6ft. Now it's Hanson band member Rickie Fowler from the sand... it's close... IT'S IN! Sublime bunker shot. Boom baby. Or something. Poulter and Kaymer now only up.

1530: Two good shots at 17. Mahan puts his on the green and it rolls onto the fringe. Now it's McDowell, almost the same, but it just - and only just -stays on the dancefloor. GMac's pumped. He runs off the tee box slapping hands with the gallery. Steady there fella. Save your energy.

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SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 13)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (12)
E Molinari/F Molinari A/Sv Cink/Kuchar (11)
Poulter/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/Fowler (10)

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
McDowell/McIlroy 2up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (16)

US up
1525: ... bang. Have that. Johnson drains a long one. It's not Wogan-esque but vital anyway. That leaves McIlroy with a tricky chip to halve the hole. It is close but it would have been some shot to hole it. The Macs are two up with two holes to play.

1523: Strange scenes at the 16th as a referee takes a piece of string and wraps it around the flag to measure which ball is nearer the hole. Is that really necessary? That was a bit like a game of bowls. Anyway, Zach Johnson is first to go...

1521: Overton has an eight footer at the 12th to win the hole and make the match against Hanson and Jimenez all square... and there's no BOOM BABY here. A colleague suggests BUST BABY is more appropriate for that. The ball goes a little right and the chance goes.

1519: Mahan on the dancefloor at 16, not near the hole mind. GMac with his approach, it's pin high but a little right and the ball nestles in the rough at the very top of the greenside bunker. Can't see the lie just yet.

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tonytippler on Twitter: "In Brussels following the golf. Was going to cook for the lady tonight but looks like a being a late one. Kebabs it is, then!"
And can I just say that there is nothing wrong with a kebab.

1515: Harrington with his tee shot at 13... and it's in the sand. On the 16th, Zach Johnson is 30 yards behind McIlroy from the tee. How are your nerves by the way? I'm desperately working out how I'm going to catch this tomorrow, I'm daddy daycare with three children. Bad times.

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James via text: "Mickelson hasn't been in form since his Masters win. His putting is the worst it's been for years, statistics wise."

1511: ... and IT DROPS. McDowell punches the air, as does Mac junior. The crowd go potty as well. What a reaction for a half. McIlroy and McDowell now 3up with three to play against Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan.

1509: On the 12th, Harrington has a massive putt to win the hole but it never really threatens. At the 15th, McIlroy chips to within 12ft and McDowell has the putt to send the match dormie...

1506: Remember that I would like, if fact need, your chat this afternoon. You can use Twitter, 606 or text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Make sure you put GOLF before your message as there's Commonwealth Games and Premier League football going on. Could you also manually refresh for me, then an Orlovac will appear at the top of the page. Ta.

1504: Let's dive straight in shall we? On the 12th... Dustin Johnson has the chance to apply some pressure on Harrington and Fisher but his 30 footer drifts left.

1503: A good afternoon to you. And you. Let's see how the rest of the afternoon pans out shall we?

By Mark Ashenden

1501: My time has come. My Ryder Cup is over. Over to Mark Orlovac. I'll still be on twitter for all of your top banter. Thank you for all your contributions. Keep up the good work. C'mon GOLF. Coz you know golf is the winner in all of this, pyjamas or no pyjamas.

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US up
1457: The fightback is on by the US. The scorecard is NOT all blue. Kuchar nails his from 12ft to win the hole and send their match against the Molinaris as A/S.

1455: McIlory misses his putt at the 14th. That would have sent the match into a dormie situation (that is, can't lose) but the US pairing of Johnson and Mahan fight on.

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1454: Kaymer leaves a putt just short and Mickelson/Fowler get a hole back. Chink of light for the struggling US pair who are two down after nine.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
McDowell/McIlroy 3up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (13)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 11)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (10)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (9)
Poulter/Kaymer 3 up v Mickelson/Fowler (8)

1451: Mahan is three down on the 14th and he's in the rough. He fires it in and it lands on the green. Top work from the man who actually looks quite good in the stripy pyjamas. Poulter chips in on to the ninth green and that's all four balls on the putting surface. Boom. GMac loops the ball nicely in on to the 14th and he'll have a putt half the length of Mahan's.

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McFry, via text 81111: "On honeymoon in Bali and the missus has the hump as I'm listening to the golf rather than taking care of matters"
You need to put some big work in later on - you know that right? Anybody suffered a divorce on their honeymoon?

1445: McIlroy clears the wet stuff on the 14th. Have a look at the scoreboard. The US are only down by one in three matches. This match remains on a knife edge. How do you see the rest of the day going folks?

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Pickles91 on 606: "The real question for Corey Pavin is: When did Phil Mickelson become this bad? Concentrate on Tiger all you like, Phil has let the US down big time this week."
Can anybody explain Mickelson's poor record? I need some answers please.

1442: Is it me or do the Americans look a little flat? Cink sinks one but the high-five looks a little deflated. You know what they need don't you? Another dose of "BOOM BABY". Repeat after me.....BOOM BABY. I can hear it now echoing around the school playgrounds tomorrow. Or even my office right NOW. Go on try it - let me know how you get on. It feels real good.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Won 6&5 Donald/Westwood v Stricker/Woods
McDowell/McIlroy 3up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (12)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 10)
Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (10)
E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (8)
Poulter/Kaymer 3 up v Mickelson/Fowler (8)

1437: Mahan on the par three 13th blows it well wide into the jungle on the edge of the green. Francesco Molinari continues to struggle with his putter, while Hanson putts in to halve the hole and he and Jimenez remain 1 up against Watson and Overton.

1433: More woe for Mickelson. Playing like a man who left his clubs at home. His five-feet putt drifts wide for a missed chance to get a hole back against Poulter/Kaymer.

1431: Johnson putts up the hill on the 12th after taking an age weighing up the angles. It drops short. A few of you have mentioned the US outfits today. Controversial once again. Pyjamas some of you have suggested. My three-month baby girl has something similar in her wardrobe. Cute. They look comfie though. Bless them. Halved hole against McDowell/McIlroy.

Twitter
opus29jane on Twitter: " I am a girl and I am following proceedings at Celtic Manor rather than my husband (who doesn't like golf). So exciting!"

1427: Some quotes from the early victors Westwood and Donald. Donald: "It feels great. We thought they'd come out strong so we needed to be stronger. The putt Lee holed on 10 was magnificent, I can't put it into words how amazing it felt to see that go in."
Westwood: "When you're playing Tiger there's more motivation, you go out with nothing to lose. We played great today, that was some scoring in foursomes competition."
Donald: "They had won both of their previous matches so it was nice to go out there and show they are beatable. We played great together and hats off to Lee - he's an unbelievable partner."
Westwood: "Monty wanted us to go out and make a fast start, get the momentum, get the crowd cheering and make sure those cheers were heard throughout the course."


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Conrad in Clapham via text: "Stuck in my furniture shop in London, no TV or radio, catching it on BBC Sport on my laptop. Just sold a two grand table so if Europe keep this up it will be a great day and I am off tomorrow. Magnificent!"

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navyblueshorts on 606: "Re: Tiger. Not that good. Obviously still struggling to work on changes to his swing while dealing with some of the flaws that have become apparent over the last year or so. Wonder if Corey is regretting the wild-card offer?"

1421: Rory McIlroy holes a birdie on the 11th from four feet to go to 3up.

Simon in Nantucket via text: "Lying in bed watching American TV commentators celebrating Overton's shot as if they have now won the Ryder Cup."

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Andy via text: "Sitting in my hotel room in Chicago watching on NBC. Can't believe they just said Europe is winning today because of the weather, long rough, slow greens and local knowledge by playing the Welsh Open here. Any more excuses USA?"

European Up
1416: Westwood has a putt for victory from 10 feet. Brilliant. Stricker and Woods are not happy bunnies. Westwood/Donald win 6&5.


European Up
1415: More Euro joy for Europe as Poults sinks a beauty. They go three up against Fowler/Mickelson.

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Andrew, Helsinki via text: "I'm with my sleepy three-year-old son in the Aussie bar and it's full of blondes. Am watching the golf avidly. Don't tell the missus!"
A lot of you seem to be following the golf and not wanting your partners to know about it. I make a request for all ladies to reveal that they are the ones following the golf and don't want their partners to know about it. C'mon - spill the beans.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Donald/Westwood 6up v Stricker/Woods (after 12)
McDowell/McIlroy 2up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (10)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:

Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 9)

Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (8)

E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (7)

Poulter/Kaymer 2 up v Mickelson/Fowler (6)

1410 Mahan comes up short with a realistic birdie chance. He's not happy with himself. McIlroy taps in for par to keep himself and McDowell 2up after 10.


US up
1409: Rickie Fowler sinks one to get a hole back and the best looking man in this competition (arguably? please discuss) gets a hole back to trail by two holes to Poulter/Kaymer.

1407: A little Tiger stat for you. His heaviest Ryder Cup defeat was in his foursomes match with Mark O'Meara against Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie at Valderrama in 1997. Woods and O'Meara lost 5&3. How are you rating Tiger's efforts so far this weekend?

1406: WALLOP - that's the noise of Donald putting in and halving the hole. Stricker and Woods will walk to the 13th tee probably feeling a little sick. The Euro pair cannot lose that match now.

1404: Here we go on the 12th green. Can Stricker weave some magic with his putter? Looks like a 17-footer. A lot of head movements but he drops in a cracker. Nice stuff. Donald up next.

1401: Westwood and Woods both get their approaches on to the 12th green. If Westwood/Donald win this hole, that match will be done and dusted.

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Matt in Leicester via text: "Stuck at parents' house for dinner after being invited for the first time in ages. No TV or radio allowed so sneaky looks on phone under table for me. Not happy."

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Donald/Westwood 6up v Stricker/Woods (after 11)
McDowell/McIlroy 2up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (9)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:

Harrington/Fisher 1up v Furyk/Dustin Johnson (after 8)

Hanson/Jimenez 1up v Watson/Overton (8)

E Molinari/F Molinari 1up v Cink/Kuchar (6)

Poulter/Kaymer 3 up v Mickelson/Fowler (5)

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Anon via text: "Hi Mark, Medinah in Chicago: September is normally nice, sunny fall weather. In October, you might see rain or even snow!"


US up
1358: Amazing scenes. Jeff Overton's second shot only lands into the hole from about 100 yards for an eagle two. His reaction? A gentle high-five. Don't be stupid. "BOOM BABY"....yep - I'll repeat it - "BOOM BABY". Love it. And you can only imagine the rest. Lots of whoops, lots of high-fives, lots of hollering and even Bubba gets a little excited and punches the air. I'd love to know what the American fans think of the reaction? Gotta love a bit of emotion though eh? It would be a typical Brit to try to dampen those reactions. How the US need a few more eagles right now. Brilliant.


European Up
1352: Stricker misses from five feet and it's a stinker. Donald steps up to pop his ball in to win the hole. Donald/Westwood go six up against Stricker/Woods after 11.

1351: On the 11th, Woods chips in to within five feet. Great effort. But again, Westwood grips hold of their trouser legs with an equally well-struck chip. The crowd will be losing their voices at this rate. Westwood is quickly emerging as a hero. Too early to say that? Probably.

1349: A steady putt drops in by Poults from about six feet to win the fifth hole.

1347: Poulter/Kaymer go three up after five vs Mickelson/Fowler.

1345: Stricker on the 11th and plays the second shot quite short to leave Tiger a pitch of about 100 yards. Jimenez follows up Hanson's bunker shot with a safe putt to within five feet. They're two up vs Watson/Overton.

1341: On the 7th, Peter Hanson chips out of bunker to get within two feet. Poulter hits a sweet approach shot very close to the pin on the fifth hole. More roars.

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Baadermein-name-reset on 606: "This'll be my first full day off since the tournament started so I'm delighted that the rain has left me a little more 'bang for my buck' on a Sunday afternoon. C'mon Monty!"

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Donald/Westwood 5up v Stricker/Woods (after 10)
McDowell/McIlroy 2up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (8)

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lairdcwh on Twitter: "following Ryder Cup thru your updates while pretending to watch some mushy film with the mrs. Keep updates coming"

1337: Anything you can do, Europe can do better. The roars are deafening as Westwood sinks a 35-footer. Tiger chips the ball from the rough and it needs to go in for a half. It's a brilliant effort by Tiger but it hits the edge and dances out. Agonising. Westwood/Donald 5 up with eight to play.


US up
1333: Cracking start by Zach Johnson. He plops in his putt on the 10th and Rory McIlory has a 20-footer to halve the hole. He doesn't make it and first blood to the US. McDowell/McIlory 2 up vs Johnson/Mahan. Pavin will like that.

1331: First shot of the day is by Steve Stricker. It's short and a little left on the par three 10th. Luke Donald plays it safe and it lands right at the heart.

1329: Tiger Woods stretching his legs and it looks like a cheeky Irish jig. He's with Steve Stricker against the mighty Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. The US need a few miracles from Tiger today. Can the Europeans continue their good work from Saturday's late show? How can the Americans fight back?

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Anon via text: "Cold beer, warm night in Brisbane, Australia and looking forward to a European win. GO EUROPE."

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Gill from Liverpool via text: "Great coverage guys. I went to Loch Lomond for the Solheim Cup the same week in 2000. The muddy conditions were identical and because we all stayed for a victorious presentation, it was pitch black leaving the venue & then we found the free shuttle bus had stopped running, forcing us to wait ages for taxis. Europe won so we didn't care."

1327: We're almost there. Corey Pavin and Monty shake hands and both produce large grins with three minutes to go....up for it?

1326: This year's Ryder Cup is not the only sporting event hit over the head with a delay like this. The 2001 Ryder Cup at the Belfry was postponed by 12 months after the terrorist attacks in the United States. The same teams and captains were retained for the contest finally won by a European side captained by Sam Torrance. The foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the UK in 2001 affected horse racing and rugby's Six Nations. In cricket, England's Test match with South Africa ended early on their 1938-39 tour because the tourists had to catch a boat home. The 1997 Grand National was postponed after an IRA bomb threat at Aintree. The race took place two days later at the unusual time of 5pm. The 1996 AT&T Pro-am at Pebble Beach was cancelled after rain prevented play on Saturday and Sunday. A harsh winter in 1979 meant the second-round clash between Inverness and Falkirk in football's Scottish Cup had to be postponed 29 times. That's enough for now. Has anybody experienced been at Wimbledon on a Monday after a rain-delayed Sunday or any other sporting event?

1317: As my paws caress the keyboard, all 24 players and a bus carrying Monty's vice-skippers (a little joke) head for their respective places on the course. Check out the latest scores to see what hole the players will be starting on.

1314: So what are you all up to? Lost the kids for the afternoon? Out on a golf course somewhere? Strolling in a park celebrating your wedding anniversary making discrete views of your phone? Snoozing on the sofa in New York knocking back the expressos? I want to know. Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with GOLF before your message, or join the banter on 606.

1310: Just for the record, the singles line-up will be revealed one hour after today's play is finished.

Joe Steranka, chief exec of PGA of America: "It has become more of a challenge as sponsorship investment globally in golf has increased because more people are wanting to do more events and there is only a finite number of weeks. Between George O'Grady, Tim Finchem [PGA Tour commissioner] and ourselves we meet four or five times a year and because of that, relationships are such we can pick up the phone and say we have a real problem. We're working towards settling into the final week in September. The Ryder Cup should be the conclusion of the season for the US Tour and the European Tour."
And did you know the 2012 Ryder Cup is at Medinah in Chicago, Illinois? Does it rain there? For more chat on all of the scheduling issues, check out Ian Carter's latest blog.

George O'Grady, chief exec of The European Tour: "Whereas it's quite easy for us to move our weeks quite simply, this is difficult with the scheduling in the United States and it's a constant discussion with the PGA of America and the PGA Tour. Everything is reviewed, all the time, and is negotiated."

1304: So what's the big debating point this morning? Not the American waterproofs thankfully, nor what crisp will be complementing my chicken sandwich, but the timing of this year's Ryder Cup. 'Why Wales in October?' Why is the Fed Ex Cup so important? many of you have been asking. The big boys who make these decisions have been talking. The quotes from the chiefs of European golf and the PGA coming right up.

1301: A reminder. Plays gets going at 1330 BST. I know you knew that. I'm just doing it to remind myself to be honest. By the way, not a rain coat in sight on the practice greens. Patience is a beautiful thing. Lee Westwood said earlier that it had been "the longest week of his life". That boy's been incredible this week. Who's been your favourite player so far? Or worst for that matter? Or best dressed for that matter? Or worst fashion victim? Or ..anything else?

1255: And for all those that don't know about the latest ticket situation, here is a public announcement. 'Only Sunday ticket holders will be admitted on Monday for the singles. There will be no ticket sales to the general public'.

Twitter
Ian Poulter on Twitter: "Rory & Lee warming up on the physio truck, get the blood running thru those legs"
Check out a twitpic from Poulter.

SNAPSHOT FOURSOMES:
Donald/Westwood 4up v Stricker/Woods (after 9)
McDowell/McIlroy 3up v Zach Johnson/Mahan (7)

SNAPSHOT FOURBALLS:
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)

1249: More Monty chat because it's worth it. "This thing is on a knife edge. This morning is so important for Europe to maintain their momentum, to get the crowd behind them. I'm going to the range now to reiterate what has been said. The US are going to come out fast but we're going to come out faster. We lost the first two sessions yesterday by a fraction, so this is crucial. I asked last night for scoreboards to be changed and they all now read blue. We've gone back to the 2002 situation in that sense and that gives everyone a lift. The goal is still what it was yesterday - anything beyond 8-8 is a bonus. We have an opportunity to go ahead, but we haven't taken it yet"
Just amazing. Stirring stuff or a little crazy? Either way, those players will be coming out with fists fully clenched me thinks.

European Up
1247: Look away American golf fans. Here's Monty's battle cry with 45 minutes to go before his players walk out on to the course: "We're buoyant. We're up. The music is playing. Everything is very, very positive - that's what I expected and that's what I got. We're raring to go. Yesterday they realised the battle they were in. Underestimation is a terrible thing. My players expected to be leading and weren't. Something had to change. That's all credit to the American team - they holed their putts. I didn't use the word 'complacent' around the players, but they knew. I can't tell you what was said - it was quite rude. I told them that passion was required, the spark wasn't there, we needed it ignited. We must continue this ignition."

1244: First things first. Some basic admin like the scores. The US lead Europe 6-4 and that's another fact. Europe are up in the two foursomes and the four fourballs with Lee Westwood/Luke Donald (four up) and Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlory (three up) both in a great position. All six matches will be finished this afternoon (weather permitting) with the dozen singles matches moved to Magic Monday (kick-off 0905). So what do you make of all that?

1240: We've all been caged up like wounded panthers and we're all ready to roar right? The players have been holed up in their hotels, Monty's been no doubt chewing his fists off, Corey Pavin's been doing what Corey Pavin does and you lovely people have been making paper planes and hiding the TV remote from bored five-year-olds if your tweets are anything to go by. So are you ready for this beautiful bamboozling bumpy ride called the Ryder Cup? Be prepared for some tears.

1234: Afternoon. In 56 minutes, the Ryder Cup will get going again. And that my friends is a fact.




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