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Mahan, Furyk in birdie spree

2014-09-27 13:56
Hunter Mahan (AFP)

Gleneagles - Hunter Mahan has fired five birdies and an eagle as he and Jim Furyk defeated Europe's Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson 4 and 3 in Saturday's second Ryder Cup fourballs match.

Mahan birdied to win the opening hole at Gleneagles, Furyk birdied to capture the third and when Mahan birdied the seventh, the US duo led 3-up.

After halving the next six holes, three with birdies and three with pars, the Americans moved 4-up on Mahan's eagle at 14 and closed out the match on Mahan's three-foot par putt to halve the 15th.

Furyk broke his own Cup record with a 16th different partner in Mahan and took his first-ever pairs victory over Westwood, a fellow nine-time Cup starter who had been 5-0 with two halved against Furyk.

Results after Saturday's morning fourball matches at the 40th Ryder Cup:

Europe 6 1/2 United States 5 1/2
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (Europe) bt Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar (USA) 3 and 2
Jim Furyk/Hunter Mahan (USA) bt Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood (Europe) 4 and 3
Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth (USA) bt Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer (Europe) 5 and 3
Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (Europe) halved with Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler (USA)

Friday Foursomes
Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood (Europe) bt Jim Furyk/Matt Kuchar (USA) 2-up
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (Europe) bt Hunter Mahan/Zach Johnson (USA) 2 and 1
Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe) halved with Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler (USA)
Victor Dubuisson/Graeme McDowell (Europe) bt Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (USA) 3 and 2

Friday Fourballs
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (Europe) bt Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA) 5 and 4
Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed (USA) bt Stephen Gallacher/Ian Poulter (Europe) 5 and 4
Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer (Europe) halved with Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker (USA)
Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson (USA) bt Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy (Europe) 1-up

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