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Saturday Fourballs matches shared, Europe 8-4

Jeff Maggert's heroics and the first win in three matches for Tiger Woods helped save the United States team from further embarrassment today in the morning Ryder Cup matches.

The Americans and Europe split the four alternate shot matches, leaving the Europeans with an 8-4 lead going into the afternoon best ball play.

It could have been worse, though, had Maggert and Hal Sutton not pulled off a late win over Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie. Woods and Steve Pate also had to rebound with an eagle on the 14th hole to win their match with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Padraig Harrington.

Woods and Pate won the first three holes, but the match was even before Woods rolled in a 20-footer on the par-5 that put the American pair ahead for good. They didn't close it out until the 18th green, however, when Pate hit an iron close to clinch the 1-up win.

Maggert rolled in a birdie putt on No. 17 and followed it with a brilliant iron to the 18th green to win his match.

Maggert's 25-foot birdie putt put he and Sutton ahead, and he then hit a 7-iron to within a foot of the hole on 18. The putt was conceded and the Americans had their first point of the day with the 1-up win.

"I just wanted to do something good," Maggert said. "I know the guys who have been on the last two Ryder Cups aren't ready to face that again."

The joy of the U.S. team was shortlived, however, as Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke combined for another European win and Jesper Parnevik and Sergio Garcia beat the American combination of Payne Stewart and Justin Leonard.

Westwood and Clarke closed out their match on the 16th hole, winning 3 and 2, while Garcia and Parnevik closed Stewart and Leonard out on the same hole, also 3 and 2.

Play was suspended for 22 minutes midway through the morning matches. When it resumed, it took the four American pairings a full hour to win a single hole as the Europeans again showed their dominance.

Though play began in ideal conditions this morning, rain soon began falling and players huddled under umbrellas between shots on The Country Club course.

"This is not what we need right now. Our momentum is moving," U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw said.