Watson And Simpson Lead US Charge At Ryder Cup

152917247 Watson And Simpson Lead US Charge At Ryder Cup

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson of the USA team wait on the fifth green during the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MEDINAH, IL (AP) – Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson birdied their first hole and never looked back.

The winners of the year’s first two majors earned the first U.S. point in fourballs Friday with a 5-and-4 victory over Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson, and the Americans were poised to add a few more to the lead before the afternoon was done. They had multi-hole leads in two other fourball matches.

The only source of trouble was Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker – again.

Watson and Simpson birdied seven of their first eight holes, and their lone par – on No. 2 – was still good enough to win the hole. When Watson made putts from inside 8 feet for birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 8, the question wasn’t if they’d win, but whether if they’d do it in record fashion. They did not, and the Europeans actually won a hole on Lawrie’s 5-footer on 11.

But that only delayed the inevitable. On the green in two on the par-5 14th, Watson needed only to two-putt from 45 feet to end the match. He got close enough on the first try, and the Europeans conceded the putt.

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