USA Take Lead Over Europe in Ryder Cup

The United States were looking to reassert their competitiveness in the biennial inter-continental showdown they once dominated outrageously.

updated: September 27, 2014 07:19 IST
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US Team Captain Tom Watson (C) speaks with Jordan Spieth (R) and Patrick Reed of Team US before they tee off on the first hole during the fourball match on the first day of the Ryder Cup at the Gleneagles golf course in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 26, 2014.


Gleneagles: Tom Watson's United States finished strongly to grab an early 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead over Paul McGinley's Europe as the Ryder Cup began in dramatic fashion Friday at Gleneagles.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson stormed away for Europe in the first of the fourballs matches out, defeating Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5 and 4.

But the rookie US pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed levelled it as they thumped European cheerleader Ian Poulter and Scottish debutant Stephen Gallacher by the same score.

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