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Europe takes early lead vs. US at Ryder Cup

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MEDINAH, Illinois (AP) -The United States has claimed the first point of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson won 4-and-3 on Friday, handing Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald their first loss ever in foursomes. The Europeans had been 4-0 together, and Garcia was 8-0-1 in alternate-shot play at the Ryder Cup.

Bradley, a Ryder Cup rookie, was unshakable, making one big putt after another. None was bigger than the last, and he drained a 15-footer on No. 15 to clinch the match. While his caddie twirled the flag stick, Bradley screamed and pumped his fist, then exchanged a hand slap and a hug with Mickelson.

Donald needed to hole out from the bunker to extend the match, but it wasn't close.

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