U.S. 4 points ahead at Ryder Cup

Medinah, IL (Sports Network) - The United States will take a 4-point lead into the Sunday singles after a split of Saturday afternoon's four-balls at the Ryder Cup.

The Americans lead 10-6 over the Europeans at Medinah and need 14 1/2 points to reclaim the Cup.

The margin is big, but it could've been worse.

The Europeans will have to match the largest comeback in Ryder Cup history Sunday, but they gained some momentum from the last two matches Saturday afternoon.

Ian Poulter birdied the last five holes, including a 10-footer at the last, to give himself and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy a 1-up victory over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

"We had to make birdies and I mean, wow, five in a row, it was awesome," Poulter said in a televised interview. "It's pretty fun, this Ryder Cup."

Poulter is now 3-0 in this Ryder Cup and 11-3 all-time.

The penultimate match went to Europe as well, although through no fault of Tiger Woods.

After he sat out his first session in Ryder Cup history, Woods and Steve Stricker lost to Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia, 1-up. Woods, much like he was Friday afternoon in defeat, was spectacular on the back nine, but it just wasn't enough.

Woods and Stricker are the only winless Americans this week.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champions, registered their second 5 & 4 win in four-balls this week. The victims on Saturday were Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari.

Dustin Johnson poured in 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th to give himself and Matt Kuchar a 1-up lead over Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie. The teams halved 18 and the U.S. picked up the 1-up win.

Europe will have to equal the task of the historic 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup team in order to keep the Cup. On that Sunday at Brookline 13 years ago, the Americans were four points down, but came back and won in the singles.



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