Ryder Cup Day 3: Europe on top

The Ryder Cup will go into a fourth day for the first time ever in the tournament’s history. Europe have taken the lead in a epic day which has been called one of the ‘greatest days’ by Captain Montgomerie. The USA, who were falling behind at the close of play yesterday, failed to capatalise on their 6-4 lead on points during the 3rd session today. The Europeans droppped only half a point and managed to turn the scoreboard back in their favour, winning 9.5- 6.5 at the close of play.

Tomorrow sees the final session of the competition, the always exciting and momentous singles round. Montgomerie said this evening that he has changed the line- up for tomorrow after some amazing performances from all members of his team today. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald beat legendary pairing Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, making it the Americans’ 1st defeat in seven games playing together. It also brought Westwood’s record against Woods to seven wins and one defeat: an impressive record against the world number one.

The two Northern Irishmen (nicknamed ‘G-Mac’ and ‘Wee- Mac’) also pulled off a brilliant win against Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan. McDowell and McIlroy halved a fourball with Clink and Kuchar yesterday, but upped their game this afternoon to score some important points for the team.

Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher beat Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson, with Ian Poulter and Martin Kraymer stealing some points from Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. The Molianri brothers (Francesco and Edoardo) became the only European pair not to win their fourball today, as Miguel Angel Jiminez and Peter Hanson upped the game on Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton. The Molinari pair halved the game with Stewart Clink and Matt Kuchar, but should not be disappointed with their efforts as the day finished with Europe firmly on top.

Americans may wish to remember the 1999 Ryder Cup where they won after trailing by 10-6 at the end of the second day, but the confidence and optimism is surely on Europe’s side today.

The rain remained a great talking point after play was once again suspended for the greater part of the morning. With the course at Celtic Mannor being described as everything from a lake to a car wash, it was umbrellas at the ready for over 5 hours this morning during interrupted play.

Tomorrow’s forcast looks promising both weather- wise and for Europe: let’s hope that the 83rd Ryder Cup ends with less rain and more celebration.

Official Ryder Cup site here.

Eurosport picture gallery here.

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