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Ryder Cup at a glance

September 26, 2014

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — A look at the first day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles:

SCORE: Europe leads 5-3.

FOURBALLS: The United States did not trail after the fourballs for the fourth consecutive time.

FOURSOMES: Europe had 3 1/2 points, its most ever in a foursomes session.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Sergio Garcia’s 5-wood approach from the rough onto the 18th green, setting up a birdie that gave him and Rory McIlroy a half-point against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in foursomes.

MATCH OF THE DAY: Walker, playing with Fowler in fourballs, holed out twice to win holes and made a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th to earn a half-point against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer.

BEST DEBUT: U.S. rookies Jordan Spieth (21) and Patrick Reed (24) — the youngest pairing in Ryder Cup history — took down Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher 5 and 4 in fourballs.

CURIOUS DECISION: U.S. captain Tom Watson chose not to play Spieth and Reed in the foursomes.

SATURDAY PAIRINGS: (Morning fourballs) Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, United States, vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe; Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan, United States, vs. Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood, Europe; Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, United States, vs. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, Europe; Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, United States, vs. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, Europe.

QUOTEWORTHY: “That was probably as good as a win, to come back from where they were.” — European captain Paul McGinley on the half-point earned by McIlroy and Garcia after being down by two with two holes to play against Fowler and Walker.

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