Cink/Kuchar Remain Undefeated, But USA Trails by 3 in Ryder Cup

Oct. 3, 2010

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Newport, Wales – Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar, playing together for the third time in the third session of the Ryder Cup, provided the only scoring for the United States Sunday as the Georgia Tech graduates halved their fourball match against Edoardo and Francesco Molinari in the completion of the third session at the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches.

But Europe won five of the six matches in the session completed Sunday at the Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, and took a 9 ½ – 6 ½ lead heading into singles matches.

The third session, a combination of foursomes (alternate shot) and fourball matches, began Saturday but was not completed due to darkness. Overnight rains forced a four-hour delay in the resumption of the matches Sunday.

Cink and Kuchar have won one match and halved two. In Sunday’s match, they led by a hole heading to the last before Francesco Molinari hit a wedge shot to three feet and made the birdie putt to win the hole and tie the match.

After the Tech duo halved a fourball match with Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy in the rain-delayed first session Friday, U.S. captain Corey Pavin kept the pairing intact for the second and third sessions. They defeated McDowell and McIlroy Saturday in the second session foursomes matches, giving the U.S. a 6-4 lead.

Friday’s rain caused a stoppage in play of more than seven hours, prompting Ryder Cup officials to alter the schedule. The second session comprised six foursome matches on Saturday. The third session included two foursome and four fourball matches, also on Saturday. The final session of 12 singles matches will begin at 4 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

NBC has live television coverage of the matches.

Cink’s career record in 18 Ryder Cup matches is now 5-7-6, including a 1-0-5 mark in fourball matches. The 1995 Tech graduate is 3-4-1 in foursomes matches, 1-3-0 in singles for a total of six points won.

The United States needs 14 total points to retain the Cup it won in 2008; Europe needs 14½ points to win the Cup.

Kuchar, a Ryder Cup rookie, is the PGA’s leading money-winner in 2010 ($4,881,227).

Cink, making his fifth Ryder Cup appearance, has won more than $1.5 million in 2010. Among the 12 players on the ’10 Ryder Cup team, only Phil Mickelson (8), Jim Furyk (7) and Tiger Woods (6) have made more appearances.

Session 1 Fourball Results, Friday (USA 2 ½ – Europe 1 ½
Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 2
Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell (Europe), halved
Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods (USA) d. Ian Poulter,/Ross Fisher (Europe), 2 up
Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA) d. Luke Donald/Padraig Harrington (Europe) 3 & 2

Session 2 Foursomes (alternate shot), Saturday
Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker (USA) d. Miguel Angel Jimenez/Peter Hanson, 4 & 3 (Europe) Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan (USA) d. Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, 2 up (Europe) Jim Furyk/Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, halved (Europe) Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 2 Ian Poulter/Luke Donald (Europe) d. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA), 2 & 1 Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) d. Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy (Europe), 2 up

Session 3, Saturday/Sunday
Foursomes (alternate shot)

Luke Donald/Lee Westwood (Europe) d. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods (USA), 6 & 5
Graeme Mcdowell/Rory McIlroy (Europe) d. Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan (USA), 3 & 1
Fourballs
Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher (Europe) d. Jim Furyk/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 1
Peter Hanson/Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe) d. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA), 2 up
Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, halved
Ian Poulter/Martin Kaymer (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler (USA), 2 & 1

Session 4, Singles
Steve Stricker (USA) vs. Lee Westwood (Europe), 4:05 a.m.
Stewart Cink (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy (Europe), 4:17 a.m.
Jim Furyk (USA) vs. Luke Donald (Europe), 4:29 a.m.
Dustin Johnson (USA) vs. Martin Kaymer (Europe), 4:41 a.m.
Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Ian Poulter (Europe), 4:53 a.m.
Jeff Overton (USA) vs. Ross Fisher (Europe), 5:05 a.m.
Bubba Watson (USA) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe), 5:17 a.m.
Tiger Woods (USA) vs. Francesco Molinari (Europe), 5:29 a.m.
Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Edoardo Molinari (Europe), 5:41 a.m.
Phil Mickelson (USA) vs. Peter Hanson (Europe), 5:53 a.m.
Zach Johnson (USA) vs. Padraig Harrington (Europe), 6:05 a.m.
Hunter Mahan (USA) vs. Graeme McDowell (Europe), 6:17 a.m.

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