Simpson and Watson level with Rose and Poulter
29 Sep 2012 - 15:50:50
Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson were level at the turn for the United States with Justin Rose and Ian Poulter in the lead match for Saturday's mornings Ryder Cup foursomes.
The English pair got off to a superb start when Poulter sunk a four-footer for birdie at the first and they had a let off at the second when Simpson missed from a similar distance in a bid to level the score.
But the same player made amends at the next by hitting to two feet with his approach shot. The birdie putt was conceded and Poulter missed for a halve from 18 feet.
The Americans took the lead at the par-five fifth, reaching the green in two and taking two putts from forty feet for the winning birdie.
Rose and Poulter weathered the early storm and restored parity at the ninth after Watson had blasted deep into trees off the tee. Poulter again supplied the winning birdie putt from six feet.
Both pairings won their one match on Friday, the Americans in the fourballs and the English in the foursomes, and the outcome of this clash was being seen as key to the rest of the contest with the home side starting the day 5-3 ahead and looking to further distance the cup-holders.