Americans extend lead over Europe at Ryder Cup with another win from Woods-Stricker pairing

By Paul Newberry, AP
Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ryder Cup: Woods, Stricker still perfect as team

NEWPORT, Wales — Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker have won their second match of the Ryder Cup, giving the United States a 6-4 lead after the second session.

Woods and Stricker routed Europe’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson 4-and-3 in alternate shot Saturday to improve their record as a team to 6-0, including last year’s Presidents Cup.

The U.S. gained another point when Stewart Cink rolled in a 30-foot birdie at the 17th, then stuck a wedge safely on the 18th green to ensure par for a 2-up win over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

It was a miserable finish for the 21-year-old McIlroy. He missed a 6-footer at the 17th after Cink’s long birdie, then hit an easy wedge into the bunker at the final hole to guarantee the Americans’ win.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — The Americans have extended their lead at the Ryder Cup with another win from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

Woods and Stricker won their second match Saturday, routing Europe’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson 4-and-3 to help the U.S. build a 5-3 lead. The American duo is 6-0 as a team, including the Presidents Cup.

Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson gave the U.S. another point in alternate shot with a 2-up win over Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, winning the final two holes.

Ross Fisher and Padraig Harrington gained Europe’s first point of the afternoon — another 3-and-2 loss for Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. But Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler stole a half-point for the U.S., birdieing the final hole to halve the match with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

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