Guardian at Gleneagles: ‘Scrapper’ Westwood overtakes Seve’s Ryder Cup points haul

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Lee Westwood moved above Seve Ballesteros in the European Ryder Cup points rankings, with a win in this afternoon’s foursomes.

He and Jamie Donaldson beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1, giving Europe a 7½-5½ lead and Westwood his 23rd career point in the competition.

The Worksop golfer, who sank the three foot putt to win the match, is now just two points shy of Europe’s all time points leader Nick Faldo.

Westwood and Donaldson bounced back from this morning’s defeat by Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan.

Forty-one-year-old Ryder Cup veteran Westwood was pleased with the battling qualities he and rookie Donaldson showed.

“You’re not going to hit every green and you have to scrap every now and again, and we’re good at that,” he said.

“We’re a pair of scrappers.”

“Every credit to Paul (McGinley, European captain) for having the confidence to send us out again for the foursomes, it was a ballsy move.”

The front nine saw a real ding dong battle.

Johnson and Kuchar went one up at the first, only to be pegged back instantly thanks in chief to Westwood’s booming second shot to the green.

Donaldson’s long par putt kept the score level at the third, but the Europeans bogeyed the fourth

The Europeans bogeyed the fourth to fall behind and then came straight back at the fifth, Donaldson’s approach to the green stopping two feet from the hole.

Wales’ Ryder Cup debutant got a somewhat fortunate bounce at the par three sixth and the Americans failed to make par, putting Europe up in the match.

At the eighth the Americans’ birdie levelled it once again, but Europe took the next two holes and control of the clash.

Westwood had a testing four foot putt on 11 and sent it into the hole to remain two up.

The 12th and 13th were halved, but the Americans clawed a hole back with an eagle at the 14th.

Europe’s two-hole lead was restored on 16 with a conceded birdie after Donaldson’s fine chip from the edge of the green - despite a difficult stance due to the proximity of a bunker.

And the match ended on 17 when Westwood’s par putt saw the hole halved.

Shortly after Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell ran out 5&4 winners over Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, Europe taking a three point lead.

Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy compounded American misery with a 3&2 victory over Mahan and Furyk.

And Justin Rose made a vital putt on 18 to give himself and Martin Kaymer a half from their match against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, Europe taking a 10-6 lead into the final day’s singles contests.