Ryder Cup 2012 live: Day two from Medinah Country Club

RYDER CUP LIVE: All the action on day two from Medinah Country Club as it happens

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12:59 GMT, 29 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of all the action on day two of the 39th Ryder Cup from the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

USA forged a two-point lead on day one after a stunning performance in the fourballs. Jose Maria Olazabal's side will have to come flying out of the blocks if they are to stop the Americans from establishing an unassailable lead. Chris Cutmore brings you the action.

USA 5 Europe 3

Watson/Simpson v Rose/Poulter
– A/S (3)

Bradley/Mickelson v Westwood/Donald
– 2 up (2)

Colsaerts/Garcia v Dufner/Johnson

McIlroy/McDowell v Furyk /Snedeker

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1.57: Decent approach from Garcia – 25 feet for an opening birdie… and anything's possible with that man Colsaerts a your partner. But Zach Johnson's a demon iron player and his effort is superb, six feet for birdie.

1.54: Westwood and Donald's fate is inevitable at the second and they're two down after two. But now Simpson is the latest American to put his approach within inches of the hole for a birdie. Poulter's putt from 15 feet misses and the top match – the crucial match, you must think – is level through three.

1.51: Colsaerts the latest man to wade through the frothing masses at the first tee, just a rescue club by the looks of it. Fairway found. Dufner responds by bombing his driver way past the Belgian's ball.

1.48: Oh, Lee! Westwood, under big pressure from an immaculate tee shot from Mickelson on the second to five feet, finds the water. Not a good start from the English duo, but a quite remarkable early burst from Mickelson. What a player.

1.45: Rose can't hole from eight feet for par on the second, door open for Simpson. But he misses from two feet! That's real Ryder Cup nerves for you! A shocker! Europe remain one up.

1.44: But Donald misses! Dreadful putt for one of the best in the world with the flat stick. America strike their first blow of the day.

1.43: Oh hello! Mickelson and Bradley have picked up right where they left off yesterday, Lefty sticking his approach stone dead for a gimme on the first. The good news is that Westwood's shot was almost as good, leaving Donald six feet for birdie too.

1.37: Rose tees off on the short second hole and stares anxiously at his ball as it flies into the bunker at the back right of the green. Simpson is similarly nervy but his ball stops short of the sand trap.

1.35: Is there anywhere else you'd rather be in the world than the first tee at Medinah this weekend I've never heard anything like this, it's cacophonous. Donald steps up and nails his drive down the middle, great start. But Bradley monsters his effort way past the Englishman's ball, a huge drive, albeit in the rough down the left.

1.32: Watson putts first, the ball goes nowhere near. Poulter now, pretty straight putt facing him, but he takes his time and lines it up from all angles. And it's there! Europe go one up after the first. 'Come on!' roars Poulter.

1.25: Rose gets his turn now – Hampshire's finest was mighty impressive yesterday in beating Woods and Steve Stricker along with Poulter, and losing to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar in the fourballs alongside Martin Kaymer.

Rose settles his feet in the sand – there's a big lip to clear to get to the green – and hits into the early-morning Illinois mist. But what a shot! Rose finds the putting surface and leaves Poulter seven feet for an early birdie. Simpson also finds the green but is 20 feet away.

Soaking in the atmosphere: Bubba Watson stretches on the first tee on Saturday

Soaking in the atmosphere: Bubba Watson stretches on the first tee on Saturday

Deafening din: American fans cheer as Watson tees off on day two of the 39th Ryder Cup

Deafening din: American fans cheer as Watson tees off on day two of the 39th Ryder Cup

1.21: Now it's Bubba's turn, and the noise is even louder, if that was possible. Again, Watson tees off in the midst of the cheering and whooping and, like Poulter, tugs it left. But Watson rides his luck as the ball hops over Poulter's bunker and settles in the rough (if you can call it that).

1.20: The crowd are getting stuck in to Poulter but he's loving it! The Englishman waves his hands to urge the American rabble to make even more racket, and they respond with gusto. He then tees off amid the din. What a spectacle! But Poulter's first blow isn't his best and he finds the bunker down the left of the fairway.

1.15: A quite ridiculous and defeaning roar echoes among the trees surrounding the first tee at Medinah as Bubba and Webb walk over the bridge. Wow, that's something else, Bubba looks on almost in disbelief. Five minutes to go…

1.10: Here's the full list of this morning's foursomes matches. Tiger Woods has been dropped by the US for the first time in his career. That may be surprising to some, but Woods yesterday became statistically the competition's worst foursomes player after his eighth defeat. Ouch.

Justin Rose / Ian Poulter v Bubba Watson / Webb Simpson 1:20 PM

Lee Westwood / Luke Donald v Keegan Bradley / Phil Mickelson 1:35 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts / Sergio Garcia v Jason Dufner / Zach Johnson 1:50 PM

Rory McIlroy / Graeme McDowell v Jim Furyk / Brandt Snedeker 2:05 PM

Put simply, Europe cannot afford to lose this session.

1.00pm: Morning has broken in Chicago, so it's time for day two of the Ryder Cup and all that jazz. (Have no fear – I promise that's the last of the cheap references to that musical today.)

Friday was quite something, wasn't it The tense, topsy-turvy foursomes ended with the match tied at two points apiece but Europe were left clinging on by their fingernails after an American surge in the fourballs, sparked by some outrageous, all-out attack from Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson and followed up with some equally outrageous putting from Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.

We're back in foursomes action again in just 20 minutes time, when Watson and Simpson resume their assault, but this time they'll face stiff competition from European pair Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. You can't help but feel that match could prove decisive for the eventual winners of the 39th Ryder Cup.

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