Ryder reversal as Reed sinks European hero Donaldson
By Tony Jimenez
ASH England (Reuters) - Europe may have got the better of the Americans at the Ryder Cup last month but the boot was on the other foot at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Friday as Patrick Reed proved too strong for Jamie Donaldson.
The 24-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup rookie, who wowed the crowds at Gleneagles with his sizzling golf and noisy, patriotic fervour, began his round-robin contest with Donaldson like a man on a mission.
Reed was two up inside four holes and it could have been even worse for the Welshman as his opponent peppered the flags with some sublime approach shots.
The American's 10-foot birdie putt at the first hole hovered tantalisingly over the cup without dropping in and he spurned another big opportunity at the second when his four-footer lipped out.
Reed delivered another majestic second shot at the par-four third and this time he took advantage, rolling a six-footer straight into the middle of the hole to go one up.
Donaldson, who secured the winning point for Europe at Gleneagles, went two down at the fourth when he found a greenside bunker and, faced with an awkward stance with one foot in and another out of the sand, he failed to get up and down.
The Welshman twice had to tell his opponent that he had conceded his two-foot putt for a par as Reed struggled to hear above the constant droning of the motorcycles practising for this week's British Superbike Grand Prix at nearby Brands Hatch.
"It's hard to hear over the bikes," the American told match referee Paul Carrigill with a grin. Continued...