McGinley hails great show as Europe surge 10-6 clear

Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:37pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Captain Fantastic Paul McGinley hailed "a great team performance" after Europe crushed the U.S. in the Ryder Cup foursomes for the second day running to gallop into a commanding 10-6 lead on Saturday.

The U.S., who trailed 5-3 overnight, edged a record-breaking fourballs by 2 1/2 points to 1 1/2 but the holders administered a blow to the solar plexus by taking 3 1/2 points in the afternoon on another extraordinary day in golf's biggest grudge match.

Wildcard selection Lee Westwood, sent out in the opening foursomes with rookie Jamie Donaldson for the second successive day, repaid McGinley's faith as the pair eased past Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2 & 1.

Westwood's win helped him join the great Arnold Palmer on 23 Ryder Cup points, with only Nick Faldo (25), Bernhard Langer (24), Billy Casper (23 1/2) and Colin Montgomerie (23 1/2) ahead of him.

"I get a huge amount of satisfaction out of that," a tearful Westwood told reporters. "There are no easy games out there and we only made one bogey which is pretty good going in foursomes."

Graeme McDowell and debutant Victor Dubuisson also made it two victories out of two in the alternate-shot format as they romped to a 5 & 4 triumph over Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler.

World numbers one and three Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia posted five birdies in 16 holes as they dismissed Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan 3 & 2 while Justin Rose combined with Martin Kaymer to halve their match with unbeaten rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

The American misery was summed up when Reed experienced the agony of missing a two-foot putt on the 16th green.   Continued...

Europe Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley watches play during fourballs 40th Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles in Scotland September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh