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Bo van Pelt wins Perth International

Van Pelt holds nerve to edge out Dufner and clinch maiden European Tour title in Perth

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10:35 GMT, 21 October 2012

Bo van Pelt clinched his first victory on the European Tour with a two-shot triumph in the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

American Van Pelt came into the final day with a one-stroke lead after holing a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th on Saturday and picked up a shot on the first on Sunday to set the tone for his round.

He finished on 16 under overall after carding a 68 to beat compatriot Jason Dufner by two shots, with first-round leader Alejandro Canizares three strokes further back in third.

Pretty in pink: Bo van Pelt celebrates winning the Perth International

Pretty in pink: Bo van Pelt celebrates winning the Perth International

'Jason and I had a great battle and played well. It definitely got tight there at the end but luckily for me I came out on top,' Van Pelt told the European Tour website.

'Lake Karrinyup was a great test of golf all week. It's been a battle; the wind blew, the greens were firm and fast, and it was just a joy to play all week.

'Whenever you get a lead you want to take advantage of it so it was nice to finish one off this week.'

Holding his nerve: Van Pelt beat his countryman Jason Dufner to the title

Holding his nerve: Van Pelt beat his countryman Jason Dufner to the title

Van Pelt demonstrated nerves of steel around the green and rolled in from 15 feet at the seventh to turn in 32, before picking up his fourth and fifth birdies of the day immediately afterwards.

He two-putted at the 15th to give Dufner hopes of catching up but Van Pelt birdied the next and another dropped shot at the 17th proved inconsequential after Dufner had bogeyed the 16th.

Paul Casey finished in a tie for fifth – alongside fellow Englishman David Howell, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Rhys Davies of Wales – after a marvellous final round of 67.

Frustrated: Dufner finished two shots behind Van Pelt after their respective final rounds

Frustrated: Dufner finished two shots behind Van Pelt after their respective final rounds

The 35-year-old Casey has struggled for form this season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a snowboarding accident last Christmas but is showing signs of getting back to his best and finished on eight under overall – one stroke behind fourth-placed Michael Hendry.

Perth International: Live leaderboard

Perth International leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

The European Tour is in Australia this week for the inaugural Perth International.

Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel are two of the big names on show and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Big gun: Charl Schwartzel is going for glory at the Perth International

Big gun: Charl Schwartzel is going for glory at the Perth International

Ryder Cup 2012: How the battle unfolded

Medinah Mayhem! How three days of unbelievable drama unfolded at Ryder Cup

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23:52 GMT, 30 September 2012

ALL SQUARE

Session 1: Foursomes

Match of the session: McIlroy/ McDowell beat Furyk/Snedeker one up. All square after the 17th, Snedeker drives into the trees while McIlroy holds his nerve.

Shot of the session: McIlory holes from five yards off the fourth green with a gloriously judged chip that sparks four birdies in a row.

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Pivotal moment: Jason Dufner putts for a birdie from 12 feet on the ninth that teeters on the edge of the hole before dropping, pulling the US level in his match.

Quote: 'I felt young and it felt great, I love playing with Keegan – I said to him a couple of times that I needed a pep talk and he'd tell me something to get me boosted right up.' – Phil Mickelson on Keegan Bradley.

Stat: Despite conceding five bogeys to three, and having four birdies each, Europe's Northern Ireland duo edge across the finish line.

USA: 2
EUROPE: 2

OMINOUS SIGNS

Session 2: Fourballs

Match of the session: Nicolas Colsaerts on his debut totally carries Lee Westwood and fends off the back nine improvement from Tiger Woods to clinch a one up victory.

Shot of the session: Mickelson drives into the trees then hits the shot of the day, threading the ball 200 yards around the 12th green's guardian tree to 10 feet.

Pivotal moment: Bubba Watson playing his drive off the first tee to hollering and clapping, which spooks the Europeans and sets the tone for the afternoon.

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Quote: 'It was incredible, a pleasure to watch and I had the best seat in the house for the whole thing.

'It was one of those amazing days and he'll look back on it and smile.' – Westwood on Colsaerts.

Stat: Colsaerts hits eight birdies and an eagle, while Europe's other seven players in the session manage only 16 birdies between them.

USA: 5
EUROPE: 3

US TAKES CONTROL

Session 3: Foursomes

Match of the session: Justin Rose and the impressively rock steady Ian Poulter draw ahead on the back nine and hold on under intense pressure to win on the 18th.

Shot of the session: Mickelson stiffs it to within a foot of the pin from out of the semi-rough around 60 yards out on the first, giving momentum to the last three pairs.

Pivotal moment: Webb Simpson misses a simple four-foot putt on the 10th that puts Europe one up, a lead they never relinquish to prevent a whitewash.

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Quote: 'I'm putting so much emotion into my rounds it's probably good I'm rested up for tomorrow's singles.' – Bradley, with a 3-0 record, having played only 44 holes.

Stat: Outside the Rose/Poulter match, in the three other games the Americans strike 12 birdies to Europe's six.

Sixteen pars and no bogeys for McIlroy/McDowell tells of missed chances.

USA 8
EUROPE 4

EUROPE HANG ON

Session 4: Fourballs

Match of the session: McIlroy/Poulter v Dufner/Johnson is the outstanding fourball of the event, culminating in the Europeans edging ahead on the 17th and clinging on to their lead.

Shot of the session: Poulter caps a memorable display by birdieing the last five holes, the best of which being a 12-foot putt on the 18th.

American fans on the final green wait to salute a half but Poulter's stunning birdie matches that already sunk by Dufner.

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Pivotal moment: On the picturesque 17th green, Colsaerts lips out, allowing Dustin Johnson to sink a 15-footer to put the Americans one up.

A hole later they have the symbolic 10 points.

Quote: 'It comes from within. If we can do anything to get this trophy from this position, and Seve is looking down on us, then you've got to do what you've got to do.' – Poulter on his source of inspiration.

Stat: Since 1979, one team have reached 10 points or more from the first two days six times and only once – the Europeans at Brookline in 1999 – have that team gone on to lose on the final day.

USA: 10 EUROPE: 6

THE COUP de GRACE

Session 5: Singles

Match of the session: Superb quality from Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, who in the original nip-and-tuck game win 10 holes between them with birdies against just two bogeys.

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Shot of the session: Rose's winding downhill 30-foot putt on the 17th gives him the birdie which puts him level with Mickelson and allows him to pounce for victory on the 18th.

Pivotal moment: Jim Furyk's missed eight foot putt at the last gives Europe a 13-12 lead, the first time they have been ahead.

Quote: 'An unbelievable week. Seve has been trying hard for us.' – Europe's hero, Ian Poulter

Stat: The four players to whom it all came down at the end were 0-9 for the weekend going into yesterday. Fortunately for Europe, Kaymer came good.

FINAL SCORE:
USA: 13
EUROPE: 14

Ryder Cup 2012: Ian Poulter shows bulldog spirit: But Europe face huge task to defeat USA

Pumped-up Poulter shows bulldog spirit… but Europe face huge task to defeat USA

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Malcolm Folley

PUBLISHED:

00:20 GMT, 30 September 2012

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UPDATED:

00:39 GMT, 30 September 2012

Ian Poulter, a fist-pumping, snarling, bulldog of a golfer, offered the European team outside hope of defending the Ryder Cup here.

Poulter holed a 12-foot putt on the 18th green to defeat Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson with his fifth consecutive birdie. On the side of the green, the European team celebrated as one while Rory McIlroy embraced his playing partner.

It was a one-man show of defiance from Poulter. ‘It’s going to be bloody hard tomorrow, but we’ve got to take it to them,’ he said.

Fist of fury: Ian Poulter celebrates after keeping his nerve to win a point for Europe in the final match

Fist of fury: Ian Poulter celebrates
after keeping his nerve to win a point for Europe in the final match

Poulter and McIlroy’s victory came
minutes after Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia had defeated Tiger Woods and
Steve Stricker by one hole as Europe at least reminded the Americans
they remain in a fight. As a result of the late European heroics, the
Americans will begin the final day 10-6 ahead.

‘Poulter was awesome,’ said McIlroy. ‘When he gets that look in his eye he can do anything.’

At last the American crowd was made
to feel nervous; at last this Ryder Cup had become a contest rather than
a ceremonial procession for those representing Uncle Sam. Finally, the
tension was palpable.

Grim viewing: Jose Maria Olazabal cannot bear to watch

Grim viewing: Jose Maria Olazabal cannot bear to watch

Jose Maria Olazabal has been a
low-profile captain, at times appearing invisible. Yet, behind closed
doors after a ragged, unprofitable first day for the stars of the
European game, he voiced his displeasure in a speech of controlled
anger.

‘We got the hair dryer treatment,’
said Graeme McDowell. And McIlroy, a fervent Manchester United fan,
added: ‘It was a roasting, real Sir Alex Ferguson stuff.’

Olazabal failed to generate the
response he had hoped for until the end of a momentous day. Yet Davis
Love III’s men need just 4 more points to reclaim the trophy.

Olazabal’s captaincy of the European
team is unlikely to be regaled in tales of wonder. For when the story of
the 39th Ryder Cup is retold, we will think of Americans Keegan
Bradley, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and the ageless Phil
Mickelson burying the reputations of the finest golfers from the other
side of the Atlantic beneath the first fall of leaves at the Medinah
Country Club.

We will struggle to understand how
Olazabal had been unable to galvanise such renowned players as McIlroy,
Donald, Lee Westwood, McDowell, Garcia and Justin Rose into offering
greater resistance.

‘It’s a crisis now,’ said Colin
Montgomerie, who proved a shrewd captain of Europe at Celtic Manor two
years ago. ‘Our players haven’t performed to their ability and that’s
why the gap has widened all the time.’

Defining moment: Dustin Johnson (centre) celebrates sinking a birdie putt to win the 17th hole

Defining moment: Dustin Johnson (centre) celebrates sinking a birdie putt to win the 17th hole

In Wales, Monty had been a general
buzzing around the course from match to match, like Seve Ballesteros had
done so memorably at Valderrama in 1997.

Once Olazabal had worked in magical
tandem with his late friend in the Ryder Cup, yet his desire to emulate
Ballesteros’s triumph as captain was fading faster than the sun setting
over Chicago.

‘The difference has been mainly
around the greens,’ said Olazabal. ‘Our boys are not making the putts.
And, it’s true, some of them haven’t performed to their expectations.’

Fighting against the tide: Sergio Garcia (right) congratulates Luke Donald after winning the eighth hole

Fighting against the tide: Sergio Garcia (right) congratulates Luke Donald after winning the eighth hole

Only an exceptional performance from
every man in the European team in the 12 single matches can deny the
Americans from reclaiming Sam Ryder’s old trophy. That seems unlikely.
On what we know, all that is to be determined is the scale of the
American victory.

Inside the European team there is an
air of despondency that is too late to be dispersed. Each putt that
failed to go in — and Nicolas Colsaearts was a victim of some cruel
near-misses — brought closer the reality of defeat.

Donald tried to make sense of the
manner in which Bradley has placed the Ryder Cup under his spell.
Bradley, 26, from Woodstock, has made sweet music in harmony with Phil
Mickelson to the unbridled joy of the home crowd.

‘Keegan’s been like a rock star this week,’ said Donald.

US yay: Keegan Bradley shows his delight as the Americans stamp their authority on the morning foursomes, to the delight of the home crowd

US yay: Keegan Bradley shows his delight as the Americans stamp their
authority on the morning foursomes, to the delight of the home crowd

Bradley and Mickelson won their third
point by defeating Donald and Westwood 7&6 in the morning
foursomes. It was perhaps as much humiliation as a man can experience
with his clothes on and equalled the worst-ever Ryder Cup beating, when
Nick Faldo and David Gilford were flattened by Paul Azinger and Mark
O’Meara at Kiawah Island 21 years ago. If that 1991 Ryder Cup became
known as the War on the Shore, there is a distinct possibility this
might become the Mismatch at Medinah.

By lunchtime, the United States had
stretched their lead to 8-4, having won the foursomes 3-1. Everywhere
you looked American golfers were pumping fists as a pall of glumness
descended over the Europeans.

It was unimaginable to suppose
Westwood, a man with a record of distinction in seven previous Ryder
Cups, could play so disappointingly. Yet too many European players have
been far from their best.

It would be inexcusable if credit was
not paid to the Americans, so expertly managed by Love. When the
moment arises, Olazabal will accept defeat with dignity and a warm
handshake but his swansong in the Ryder Cup was not supposed to end like
this.

Ryder Cup 2012 live: Day one from Medinah Country Club

RYDER CUP 2012 LIVE: All the action from the Medinah Country Club as it happens

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UPDATED:

13:05 GMT, 28 September 2012

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

Jose Maria Olazabal's European team are hoping to defend the title they won two years ago, but Davis Love III's USA squad have home advantage on their side. Tom Bellwood brings you all the action.

Ryder Cup – the essentials

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Hole-by-hole guide to the course at Medinah

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Player guide: Europe

Player guide: USA

2.05: Johnson drags his putt wide on the first and Europe are on the board for the first time.

(3) Furyk/Snedeker 1 UP v McIlroy/McDowell
(2) Bradley/Mickelson 1 UP v Donald/Garcia
(1) Dufner/Johnson v Westwood/Molinari 1UP

2pm: Garcia plays a beauty out of the sand to give Europe a chance of halving, but Bradley rolls in his putt for birdie and the lead for America in the second of the three matches out on the course.

1.58: Superb approach from Molinari puts Europe right in with a shout of taking a lead on the first. his shot leaves Westwood a six-footer for birdie while the Americans are about 10 feet shy of the green with plenty still to do.

1.57: Here's how it's looking thus far:

(2) Furyk/Snedeker 1 UP v McIlroy/McDowell
(1) Bradley/Mickelson A/S v Donald/Garcia

1.53: Rory McIlroy drags his shot wide of the hole on the second, but Brandt Snedeker makes no mistake and they take a one-shot lead.

Roughing it: McIlroy and Snedeker have their work cut out on the first

Roughing it: McIlroy and Snedeker have their work cut out on the first

Roughing it: McIlroy and Snedeker have their work cut out on the first

1.52: And back we go to the first tee where there's further hollering and wild cheering as the next pairings arrive for their first shots. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson versus Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari. Westwood finds the middle of the fairway, but Dufner pulls left into the sand – 141 yards shy of the green.

1.50: Brief conflab between the Europeans and game referee as they discuss whether the ball can be moved as it lies next to a sprinkler. It's a decent lie and McDowell has to play it. He connects a touch and the ball rolls five feet past. plenty of work for McIlroy to do there.

1.47: And so the Donald/Garcia – Mickleson/Bradley pairings start with a half. Donald rolls a beauty from the fringe to with not mush, Bradley's effort from just off the green is an inch to the left.

1.43: Hmmmmn. Not sure about Garcia's first shot. He's stuck his three-quarter wedge way over the back of the green. But there's some respite as Mickleson's wedge falls way short. Those nerves still need some ironing out.

1.40: McIlroy's
tee on the 412-yard par three second finds the second cut on the edge
of the green. Snedeker sticks his shot towards the back of the green.
Will take something special for either team to steal this hole from that
position.

First of many: McDowell tees-off for Europe as Furyk gets USA under way in Medinah

First of many: McDowell tees-off for Europe as Furyk gets USA under way in Medinah

First of many: McDowell tees-off for Europe as Furyk gets USA under way in Medinah
Ryder Cup – how it works

The winner of each match earns a point. There is half a point each if a match is halved. There are 28 points on offer, so 14 points wins the cup. At 14-14, the defending team (Europe) retain the cup.

Schedule

Friday – 4 x foursomes in the morning and 4 x fourballs in the afternoon.

Saturday – 4 x foursomes in the morning and 4 x fourballs in the afternoon.

Sunday – 12 singles matches.

Format

Fourballs
Two players on either side, four balls in play. The player with the lowest score wins the hole for his team.

Foursomes
Two players on either side but only one ball is used by each pair as players hit alternate shots. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.

Singles
Captains list their players from 1 to 12. They then play against their opposite numbers.

1.38: Next
up on the tee – the unbeaten pairing of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
acing veteran Phil Mickelson with rookie Keegan Bradley. Donald and
Bradley tee-off, both head straight down the middle of the fairway.

1.35: Yep, McDowell rolls his putt from 10 feet to within a foot, Furyk does likewise. They pick up their balls and head to the second. All square in that one.

1.32: Brandt Snedeker plays his first shot of the tournament and profits form the complete absence of rough on the No 3 Course – chipping high onto the back of the green Looks like this one will be all-square.

1.29: Rory – tucked in behind some green hoardings – goes with a wedge, the ball pops on from the edge of the green and threatens to roll off the side into one of the two green-side bunkers.

1.23: Oh and now Furyk's done the exact same thing! Stiff in the shoulders, Furyk pulls the ball left and to within 15 feet of where McDowell stuck his drive. The Ryder Cup is well and truly under way!

1.20: Graeme McDowell steps up to the tee on the 423-yard par 4 first…. and drags it well left. behind the line of spectators. Close to a viewing/camera gantry. Nerves got to him there. Now, what has Jim Furyk got

USA A-OK: Captain Davis Love soaks up the applause as the home crowd find their voice

USA A-OK: Captain Davis Love soaks up the applause as the home crowd find their voice

USA A-OK: Captain Davis Love soaks up the applause as the home crowd find their voice

1.15: Here come the players. McIlroy and McDowell looking very relaxed as they cross a small bridge towards the first tee. The noise in incredible!

1.08: How do you see it today I'm after your predictions for the score after these foursomes have finished. I'll get the ball rolling – I think Europe will take a slender 2-1 lead into the fourballs. The Woods/Stricker pairing to take the hosts' point. Send me your predictions: [email protected]

1.05: So, time for talking is almost over, first tee-off begins in 15 minutes time when Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell begin the holders challenge to retain the trophy.

There are 50,000 noisy golf fans in position. All we need is four golfers to get things underway at this stunning course in Chicago.

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Day one foursomes

The first cries of 'USA, USA' are ringing out as the partisan crowd are whipped up into a frenzy ahead of the first shot. How are the nerves Mine are a-jingling and a-jangling.

1pm: Are you ready for some more From Chelsea's Champions League victory via cheers for Mo Farah in the Olympic Stadium to glory for Rory McIlroy and US Open history for Andy Murray – we've seen some sights this year.

But is there one final chapter yet to come A bookend to a stunning year of sport. Let's hope so!

Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the 39th Ryder Cup from the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

Jose Maria Olazabal's Europeans are battling to retain the trophy they won at the Celtic Manor in 2010 and he brings four of the current top five golfers in the world with him.

But the Americans are bullish. The course is set up favourably for the big hitters and Davis Love has spoken of how he wants to 'pummel' those from Europe. And in Tiger Woods the USA captain has a player back in the form which nailed him to the top of the rankings for an eternity.

Eyes down. This one's sure to be a cracker.

Let battle commence: Davis Love II and Jose maria Olazabal pose with the Ryder Cup outside the Medinah Country Club

Let battle commence: Davis Love II and Jose maria Olazabal pose with the Ryder Cup outside the Medinah Country Club

Ryder Cup 2012: Friday Foursomes: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell open up

McIlroy leads the way for Europe with world No 1 and McDowell set to tee off Ryder Cup

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 27 September 2012

World No 1 Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will lead off Europe's bid to retain the Ryder Cup in Chicago on Friday.

The Northern Irish pair will play Jim Furyk, winner of all his five games at the Presidents Cup last year, and Brandt Snedeker, who last Sunday pulled off a 7million double of FedEx Cup and Tour Championship victories.

In the second game Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, both unbeaten in foursomes in the match, take on Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, like Snedeker a cup rookie.

Leading the way: Rory McIlroy waves as he is introduced during the opening ceremony at Medinah

Leading the way: Rory McIlroy waves as he is introduced during the opening ceremony at Medinah

Friday's foursomes

Draw for the opening foursomes of the 39th Ryder Cup match, United States v Europe, at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, United States, on Friday (all times BST, US names first)

1320 – Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker v Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell

1335 – Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley v Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia

1350 – Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner v Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari

1405 – Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods v Ian Poulter and Justin Rose

Lee Westwood has been given Italian Francesco Molinari as his partner – they face Zach Johnson and another debutant in Jason Dufner – while Tiger Woods is kept until last by home captain Davis Love.

Woods and Steve Stricker will take on Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, who has spoken of wanting to 'kill' his opponents in the biennial competition.

Poulter has faced Woods twice before and lost both times, but has won eight of his other nine games.

The action starts at 7.20am local time and the foursomes will be followed by afternoon fourballs.

First up: Brandt Snedeker (centre) and Jim Furyk (right) face McIlroy and McDowell

First up: Brandt Snedeker (centre) and Jim Furyk (right) face McIlroy and McDowell

Woods and Stricker boast a 6-2 winning record together, but their last two games were the 6&5 drubbing by Westwood and Donald in Wales two years ago and then a 7&6 hammering by Adam Scott and KJ Choi at the start of last November's Presidents Cup. They did not play together again that week after that.

It means the four left out by Olazabal, who cried during the opening ceremony at the first mention of the late Seve Ballesteros, were Scot Paul Lawrie, Germany's former world No 1 Martin Kaymer, Swede Peter Hanson and Belgian newcomer Nicolas Colsaerts.

The quartet kept waiting to play by Love were his two major winners this year – Masters champion Bubba Watson and US Open champion Webb Simpson – plus Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.
It would have been a huge shock if McIlroy and McDowell were not together again.

Big match: Tiger Woods (centre) partners Steve Stricker against Justin Rose and Ian Poulter

Big match: Tiger Woods (centre) partners Steve Stricker against Justin Rose and Ian Poulter

Close friends and compatriots, they had a modest one win, one half and one loss at Celtic Manor two years ago, but won three out of four in the 2009 Seve Trophy in Paris and have twice been World Cup partners as well.

In Donald, Garcia and Westwood Europe can call on three players with outstanding foursomes records in the event.

Donald will be looking to make it a
perfect seven out of seven. His first four wins in 2004 and 2006 came
with Garcia as his partner and two years ago he won with Poulter and
then with Westwood.

Star man: Luke Donald (left) is looking to continue his perfect record alongside Sergio Garcia in the foursomes

Star man: Luke Donald (left) is looking to continue his perfect record alongside Sergio Garcia in the foursomes

Garcia is unbeaten in nine foursomes, eight of them victories, while Westwood has not lost any of his last 10 games in the format going back to 1999. His partners in that time have been Darren Clarke, Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Kaymer and Donald – and now he links up with the Italian whose debut two years ago came alongside his brother Edoardo. A month after that Molinari pipped Westwood to his first world championship title in Shanghai – with the best of the rest nine shots further back.

Garcia remains the only teenager ever to appear in the match, his debut in 1999 coming a month after he and Woods battled for the USPGA Championship at Medinah. Jesper Parnevik was his first partner and they won their opening three games and got a half in the other, while in subsequent foursomes the Spaniard has won with Westwood, Donald and Olazabal.

Rose and Poulter won two of their three games together four years ago, Rose not making the 2010 match despite winning twice in America that summer.

Rory's partner: Graeme McDowell (left) plays out of a bunker during practice at Medinah

Rory's partner: Graeme McDowell (left) plays out of a bunker during practice at Medinah

Mickelson has won only two of his last 14 pairs games in the event, but was always expected to start with Bradley in his ninth appearance, an American record.

Olazabal told the crowd in his speech his side 'have every intention of taking it (the cup) back home' with them and also managed to pay his latest tribute to his former partner Ballesteros, who died in May last year following a long battle with a brain tumour.

'Of course I can't forget a great friend in the name of Seve Ballesteros,' he said. 'He was a special man. I believe Seve reflected the core of Ryder Cup values – no quitting and be prepared to chase any adversity.

'From him I learnt what true passion is all about. Seve, we miss you.'

All eight omitted from the opening session will be hoping to enter the fray in the afternoon fourballs.

Ryder Cup 2012: USA have edge in financial stakes with earnings dwarfing Euro rivals

USA have edge in financial stakes ahead of Ryder Cup with earnings dwarfing Euro rivals

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13:52 GMT, 22 September 2012

The United States will try to win back the Ryder Cup with a side that has earned a staggering 235million on the PGA Tour alone.

Tiger Woods, making his seventh appearance, and Phil Mickelson, earning a record ninth cap for the States, not surprisingly lead the way in career earnings with 62million and 41million respectively.

The poor man of the side is last year's USPGA champion Keegan Bradley. He is having to survive on earnings so far of a mere 4.6million.

In the pink: Tiger Woods leads the way in career earnings

In the pink: Tiger Woods leads the way in career earnings

Jose Maria Olazabal, meanwhile, will captain a team that has won just under 130million on the European Tour and, in most cases, further fortunes in the States.

In Europe alone Lee Westwood is their top man in the money stakes on 22million, with cup newcomer Nicolas Colsaerts bringing up the rear on 3.2million.

Sergio Garcia is their leading earner in America with 18.7million, followed by Luke Donald on 17.4million and Justin Rose on 12.4million.

The money men

USA

Tiger Woods 62.1million

Phil Mickelson 41.6m

Jim Furyk 32.2m

Steve Stricker 21.5m

Zach Johnson 16.1m

Matt Kuchar 12.7m

Dustin Johnson 10.3m

Bubba Watson 10.2m

Brandt Snedeker 9m

Jason Dufner 7.5m

Webb Simpson 7.2m

Keegan Bradley 4.6m

Europe

Lee Westwood 22.1m (PGA Tour 8.3m)

Sergio Garcia 13.6m (18.7m)

Ian Poulter 13.2m (7.7m)

Luke Donald 11.6m (17.4m)

Martin Kaymer 11.2m (1.7m)

Graeme McDowell 10.9m (4.4m)

Rory McIlroy 10.5m (8m)

Paul Lawrie 8.9m (823,000)

Peter Hanson 8m (1.1m)

Justin Rose 7.9m (12.4m)

Francesco Molinari 7.5m (627k)

Nicolas Colsaerts 3.2m (304k)

Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker make US Ryder Cup team

Johnson, Furyk, Snedeker and Stricker complete US Ryder Cup team as Love names captain's picks

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UPDATED:

15:03 GMT, 4 September 2012

Davis Love III has named Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker as his captain's picks for the Ryder Cup.

Love made the announcement in New York on Tuesday for the match at Medinah near Chicago on September 28-30.

Love said: 'I can't tell you how excited I am that these four guys are going to round our team out. I think we're extremely deep this time, deeper than we've ever been.'

Jim's in: Furyk will face the Europeans once more

American dream: Brandt Snedeker is in the US Ryder Cup team

Bring it on: Jim Furyk (left) and Brandt Snedeker have been named in Davis Love III's Ryder Cup team

The four players selected will join the eight already qualified via the points list.

They were Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and rookies Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.

Snedeker is a fourth first-timer on the USA team, while Johnson is playing in the event for the second time after featuring in 2010's defeat at Celtic Manor.

Love said: 'We need hot putters and there really hasn't been a hotter putter on tour since the Open (than Snedeker).

'He brings lot on and off the course and to the team room, he can pair with anyone, he's a great asset.

Fighting fit: Dustin Johnson is in the Ryder Cup team after recovering from injury problems

Captain's pick: Steve Stricker received the nod from Davis Love III

Been there, done that: Dustin Johnson (left) and Steve Stricker have played in the Ryder Cup before

'(Johnson is) the best athlete on the
team and he's perfect for Medinah. I said I was going to try to plug
some holes we had, and I think he does that.'

On veterans Furyk and Stricker,
making their eighth and third appearances respectively, he added: 'We
also needed experience, Jim is one of the most consistent players on the
tour and one of the most respected.

'I've been in the team room with him
five times, this will be his eighth team and he was 5-0 in his last
international match (the 2011 President's Cup).

'(Stricker has) been the best player in my mind on tour the last five or six years.

'He's another guy that pairs well
with anybody and another great putter, and he's somebody I really trust
on and off the course – he's been a great asset to me already getting
prepared for this day.'

United States

Tiger Woods

Bubba Watson

Keegan Bradley

Zach Johnson

Phil Mickelson

Jason Dufner

Matt Kuchar

Webb Simpson

Dustin Johnson

Jim Furyk

Brandt Snedeker

Steve Stricker

Europe

Rory McIlroy

Justin Rose

Paul Lawrie

Graeme McDowell

Francesco Molinari

Peter Hanson

Luke Donald

Martin Kaymer

Lee Westwood

Sergio Garcia

Nicolas Colsaerts

Ian Poulter

Sergio Garcia battling for Ryder Cup berth as Wyndham Championship enters fifth day

Garcia battling for Ryder Cup berth as Wyndham enters fifth day after rain

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UPDATED:

07:55 GMT, 20 August 2012

Sergio Garcia still has work to do as he tries to make it back into Europe's Ryder Cup side.

The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, was forced into a fifth day because of heavy rain.

Garcia led by one with 14 holes remaining and needs to finish first or second to be sure of returning to Europe's side in Chicago next month.

Ryder Cup shot: Garcia is still hoping to make the event in Medinah

Ryder Cup shot: Garcia is still hoping to make the event in Medinah

Wyndham Championship

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Play was suspended in mid-afternoon yesterday with the 32-year-old Spaniard, without a win in America for four years, 15 under par and just short of the green in two at the par five fifth.

South African Tim Clark had just bogeyed the same hole to fall out of a share of the lead and into a tie for second with Americans Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley.

It was decided at 5.45pm that there would be no more Sunday action, leaving 38 players to return at 9am local time – 2pm BST – to complete the tournament.

They also include Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, also still in with a chance of playing against the Americans in Chicago next month.

Wet and wild: The event in North Carolina had to be abandoned

Wet and wild: The event in North Carolina had to be abandoned

Colsaerts, 12th on the points table just behind Garcia, moved up from 17th to fourth by going to the turn in 33, but after a bogey on the short 12th was in a tie for ninth when the suspension came.

Unlike Garcia, the Volvo World Match Play champion is also in the field for this week's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

That is the final counting event for the 10 automatic places in Jose Maria Olazabal's side and the higher Colsaerts could finish today the fewer points he will need in Scotland to earn himself a debut.

Garcia said afterwards: 'It's going to be a long day.

'There's nothing you can do. The weather is one thing we can't control so it's a case of being patient. We'll see what happens.'

Sergio Garcia leads delayed Wyndham Championship

Garcia's bid to end drought put on hold as rain delays Wyndham finale

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 19 August 2012

Sergio Garcia's bid for the win that would seal his sixth Ryder Cup cap was delayed by heavy rain in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club will resume at 9am on Monday- 2pm BST – with Garcia one shot ahead and 14 holes to go.

Play was suspended at 3.10pm local time and called off for the day at 5.45pm with 38 of the 75 players yet to finish.

Made to wait: Leader Sergio Garcia was frustrated by the elements

Made to wait: Leader Sergio Garcia was frustrated by the elements

Garcia, needing a top three finish to move back into a qualifying position for next month's match in Chicago, was one ahead overnight and moved to 15 under par with a tee shot to five feet on the short third.

South African Tim Clark twice caught him with birdies at the second and fourth, but then ran up a bogey six at the long next to fall back alongside Americans Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley.

Garcia was just short of the green in two on the par five when officials brought the players off the course.

Suspended: Heavy rain meant the final round will be completed on Monday

Suspended: Heavy rain meant the final round will be completed on Monday

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, also still in with a chance of automatic selection for Europe, moved from 17th into a tie for fourth by going to the turn in a three under 32, but a bogey at the par three 12th saw him slip back to joint ninth.

Unlike Garcia, Colsaerts is also playing the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting on Thursday. That is the final counting event before 10 players qualify and captain Jose Maria Olazabal adds two wild cards.

It was hoped to resume play at 5pm at first and the players went onto the driving range to prepare for that, but were then told that the course was not ready. A total of 2.2 inches of rain had fallen in the last 24 hours.