Chicago - Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson hit back to defeat Europe's Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari 3 and 2 in the third of Friday morning's opening foursomes at the Ryder Cup.
Europe took the first hole when Johnson missed a five-footer, but it was back to all-square at the par-three second when the same player made amends by hitting a seven-iron over the lake to seven feet. Dufner made the birdie putt to win the hole
A bogey five from the Americans at the fourth gave the advantage back to Europe, but Westwood put too much pace on a short par putt at the sixth to hand back the lead.
Molinari then sunk a 10-footer to put Europe back ahead at the seventh, but at the ninth, Dufner's 12-footer for a winning birdie hung on the lip of the cup for a couple of seconds before toppling in.
Dufner was at it again at the next sinking from a similar distance for another birdie to put the Americans ahead for the first time in the match.
It stayed there until the short par-four 15th hole when Lee Westwood went for the green off the tee but only landed in the water to the right which cleared the way for the Americans to move two ahead.
They then clinched it at the 17th when Westwood missed a short putt