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Day Three Features
Europeans disgusted by American antics
Chaos reigns with Leonard's 45' putt
Sandelin & Mickelson make friends again
Europe leads in personalities
Last day comeback earns US narrow Ryder Cup win

US fighting back in the singles

Final Score USA 14.5 - Europe 13.5

Sunday's singles matches

Tom Lehman (USA) def. Lee Westwood, 3 and 2

Lehman never trailed, taking the lead with a short birdie putt on No. 4 and another birdie on 5. Westwood's only hope came when he birdied the par-3 seventh, but he missed short par putts on 10 and 11. Lehman's 25-foot birdie on 13 gave him a 4-up lead, and he closed out the match three holes later with a two-putt par.

Hal Sutton (USA) def. Darren Clarke, 4 and 2

Clarke holed a 40-foot chip from a tough lie on the first hole, but the rest of the match was all Sutton. The 41-year-old made a 20-footer for birdie on No. 2, won the next two holes with pars and surged ahead with another birdie at No. 6. Clarke stayed alive with a birdie on No. 14, but he had to concede the match when he took three shots on the par-3 16th and still wasn't on the green.

Phil Mickelson (USA) def. Jarmo Sandelin, 4 and 3

Sandelin missed a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 2 and never recovered. Mickelson won the next two holes, including a 6-footer on No. 4 to go 2-up. Sandelin fell apart on No. 10 and incited the crowd when he refused to concede a 2-foot par putt until he attempted his 18-foot bogey putt. He followed that with two more bogeys.

Davis Love III (USA) def. Jean Van de Velde, 6 and 5

The biggest rout of the Ryder Cup required stellar play from Love. Van de Velde squared the match with a 50-foot putt from off the green at No. 3, and Love chipped in from the rough around the bunker at No. 5 to go 1-up. He matched Van de Velde's birdie on the next hole, then pulled away with birdies on 10 and 11 and pars on 12 and 13.

Tiger Woods (USA) def. Andrew Coltart, 3 and 2

A closer match than the score indicates. Coltart matched Woods' birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, and finally fell 1-down when he missed a 6-foot par putt on No. 7. The match turned in Woods' favor when he holed a chip from 40 feet across the green to go 2-up. Coltart got a bad break when he was told his second shot on No. 9 was in the woods, when it was actually plugged in the rough. He took a penalty for a lost ball and lost his third straight hole, but didn't lose another.

David Duval (USA) def. Jesper Parnevik, 5 and 4

In a match critical to the U.S. team's fast start, Duval won six of the first eight holes and stirred up the pro-American gallery with a surprising display of emotion. Duval made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 2 and a 6-foot birdie on 4. Parnevik did the rest with bogeys on 7 and 8. Duval closed it out with a 6-foot par putt on No. 14. Parnevik won just two holes.

Padraig Harrington (EUR) def. Mark O'Meara, 1-up

Seven lead changes on the front side set the tone for what many thought would be the decisive match in the Ryder Cup. Harrington missed a short par putt on 13 to drop back into a tie, then three-putted 14 as both made bogey. O'Meara missed an 8-foot birdie on 15, but made a good sand save on 16 and a crucial 8-foot par save on 17. But he required four shots to reach the 18th green, and Harrington two-putted for par from 10 feet.

Steve Pate (USA) def. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 and 1

Pate never trailed, but he was only 1-up at the turn after playing the front nine without a bogey. He took control of the match when Jimenez missed a 12-foot par putt on No. 12, and moved to 3-up by hitting a sand wedge to 5 feet for birdie on 14. Pate made his second bogey on 16 to keep Jimenez alive, but closed him out on the next hole.

Jose Maria Olazabal (EUR) halved with Justin Leonard

Who could have guessed this would be the winning match in the Ryder Cup? Leonard missed par putts on Nos. 1 and 4, and bogeyed three in a row to fall 4-down after 11 holes. But he made a 10-foot par putt on 12, Olazabal bogeyed 13 and Leonard made another 10-foot putt, this one for birdie on 14. He won his fourth straight hole with a 35-foot birdie putt on 15, then rammed in a 45-footer for birdie on 17. The U.S. players and their wives celebrated on the green, even though Olazabal had a 25-foot birdie putt to halve the hole. After backing off his putt to let the celebration die down, he missed, assuring the Americans of 14 1/2 points. Olazabal birdied 18 from 10 feet for the halve.

Colin Montgomerie (EUR) def. Payne Stewart, 1-up

Once Harrington beat O'Meara, it appeared this match might decide the cup. It started slowly, with both players bogeying No. 1. But by No. 3, the punch-counterpunch theme was set when Montgomerie made a 20-footer for birdie with Stewart facing a 3-footer for the same score. The Scot took his biggest lead, 3-up, when he matched a par against Stewart's bogey at No. 7, but couldn't hold it. The match was all square at 16 when Leonard rolled in the 45-footer to clinch the American win.

Jim Furyk (USA) def. Sergio Garcia, 4 and 3

Furyk never trailed, but he didn't shake the young Spaniard until the back nine. At No. 11, Garcia missed a 12-footer for par to go 3-down. Furyk took command of the match on the next hole by rolling in a 20-footer for birdie, then ran out the string when the two traded pars over the next three holes.

Paul Lawrie (EUR) def. Jeff Maggert, 4 and 3.

Lawrie, the British Open champion, jumped to a quick lead with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4, then doubled his lead by making two more at 8 and 9. Maggert never showed the form that made him the World Match Play champion. He took advantage of Lawrie's bogey at 13 to cut the deficit to 3-up. But he bogeyed the next hole, then could do no better than a par to halve the 15th and end the match.

 

 

 


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