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  Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Swedes crumble as USA fight back
Jesper Parnevik with his caddie
Parnevik failed to pick up a point on his first outing
Fasth/Parnevik v Calcavecchia/Duval
(United States won 1 up)

Niclas Fasth and Jesper Parnevik threw away a three-hole lead as David Duval and Mark Calcavecchia produced some stunning golf for victory in the afternoon's opening fourballs.

The Swedish duo had been three up after seven but fell behind on the 14th as their opponents carded eight birdies over 11 holes.

Parnevik, in the midst of a dismal season, was the weakest of the quartet from the outset as the unfancied duo attempted to pull off an early shock.

The Americans tried to make that task easier as they got off to the untidiest of starts.

David Duval
Duval has had a miserable season

Both Duval and Calcavecchia were sloppy off the tee and initially misread the quicker greens.

And that allowed the Swedes to race into an early lead.

Fasth, easily the most commanding of the Scandanavians, went ahead with a birdie on the par-four second.

It was Parnevik, though, who furthered the advantage with two massive putts - a 40-footer at the third and a similar effort on the par-three 177-yard seventh.

Duval coaxed the Americans back into the contest on the next hole, cutting the deficit to two with a birdie putt.

But the infamous 10th proved to be the game's turning point.

Duval opted to take on the water with his driver, against the instructions of team captain Curtis Strange, and the ball landed comfortably on the green.

Parnevik tried to follow suit but landed in the water, as did Fasth with his second shot, and Duval was left to two putt to win the hole.

Afterwards Duval said about the 10th: "Mark was in play and I felt that all it took was a solid slice and it was no problem. The time was right."

Birdie blitz

The match finally turned all square on the 13th when Calcavecchia landed his second shot from the fairway to within inches of the hole.

Duval carried over that momentum on to the next, converting his birdie for the lead while Fasth scuppered his chance.

And the Americans were assured of at least half a point with another birdie on the 16th, this time from Calcavecchia, for a two-hole advantage.

Fasth ensured the contest went to the wire with a pressure putt on the penultimate hole but the Americans sealed the win following a half on the 18th.


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