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America leads 8-4; Bradley and Mickelson continue their incredible run

By Shane Bacon | Blogger
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson added a third full point on Saturday morning at the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

Match No. 9 -- Justin Rose and Ian Poulter defeat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 1-up -- The match of the Saturday foursomes for sure, and Poulter and Rose were in control coming down the stretch before a double-bogey on the 16th allowed the Americans a small window to make something happen. After both teams made par on 17, the match went to the last, with Simpson missing a 10-foot birdie putt to halve the match. Rose and Poulter make it two full points as partners for the Europeans in these matches, with Poulter continuing to be the best Euro on the team by far with his clutch putts and solid iron shots.

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Match No. 10 -- Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeat Lee Westwood and Luke Donald 7 & 6 -- An absolute tail-whipping by the Americans, the team of former No. 1s in the world didn't win a single hole in this match and were ousted before reaching the 13th green. It was only the third time that has ever happened in this style format. Lefty and Bradley made it three straight points for this duo, who will sit in the afternoon matches but have been absolutely fantastic to watch for the first two days. Phil's Ryder Cup record had been spotty before this week, but the addition of Bradley has brought out the best in the veteran, who continues to hit clutch shots when asked.

Match No. 11 -- Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson defeat Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia 2 & 1 -- This American team continues to make Davis Love III look like a genius, taking down the red-hot rookie from Friday with continued solid play and big putts. Garcia made the match interesting with a chip-in birdie on the 16th. But Colsaerts hit his tee shot in the pond on the 17th, and that was it for the Americans. Dufner and Johnson mentioned after the match that they're extremely comfortable playing together, and it shows, as Love has decided to let them try fourball together on Saturday afternoon.

Match No. 12 Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk defeat Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy 1-up -- It was probably the strangest of all the matches, with McIlroy and McDowell failing to make a birdie until the 14th hole. But they hung around long enough to make it interesting. McIlroy rolled in a birdie putt on No. 16 to get the Euros to within one. But the PGA Championship winner couldn't get a putt to drop on the par-3 17th, and McDowell hit a pretty poor wedge on the final hole to allow the Americans to halve the hole with a par. The win almost was a feather in the hat of captain Love, who put this strictly captain's pick team out for the second time after losing to this Northern Ireland team on Friday morning. And they came through.

 
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