Guardian at Gleneagles: Fourball loss for Westwood and Donaldson

Worksop Guadian Sport logo, Golf
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There was no repeat of Friday afternoon’s heroics from Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson, as they went down to Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

The Americans were inspired as they picked up a point from a 4&3 win – Furyk’s first ever Ryder Cup victory over Westwood.

It was hoped that the Worksop golfer and Welsh rookie could pick up where they left off last night, beating Furyk and Matt Kuchar.

The day got off to a shaky start however, neither European player able to find the putting surface in two and losing the first hole.

At the par five second Westwood pitched close enough for a tap in birdie, but Mahan matched him for a half.

The Americans began brilliantly, Furyk’s birdie putt on the third securing another hole for the Americans, creating a little bit of daylight between the two pairings.

Things settled down, three halves maintaining the American lead, until the seventh when Westwood couldn’t sink a long birdie putt and Mahan won the hole.

Donaldson made a big birdie putt at eight for a half, and at the ninth Westwood’s excellent bunker shot resulted in a birdie – but Furyk responded with the putter.

The next four holes were halved, the Americans matching everything their hosts came up with.

And the atmosphere around the match quietened noticeably when Mahan put his tee shot close to the pin at the par four 14th.

Although Westwood produced a birdie, having come close to a chip in for eagle, Mahan made no mistake with his putt and suddenly he and Furyk were four up with four to play.

The contest lasted just one more hole, Donaldson’s attempt at a late flourish as he chipped in for par coming to nothing when Mahan made his four to seal victory.

European captain Paul McGinley has kept faith with the duo for this afternoon, recognising that they actually played good golf this morning, sending them out first to face Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar at 1.15pm in the foursomes.