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U.S. scrambles to surprising Ryder Cup lead
U.S. scrambles to surprising Ryder Cup lead

For a few hours, at least, the Europeans looked every bit the heavy favorite in the first matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup. But on a chilly, windy Friday morning, the Americans fought back. Thanks to late heroics by Jimmy Walker, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, the U.S. team moved into afternoon foursomes at Gleneagles with a surprising 2.5-1.5 lead. As Walker put it: "Pretty fun day." The Oklahoma native made birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to give him and Rickie Fowler a half-point against Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer in a fourball match the Europeans had led the entire way. In the marquee matchup of the session,...

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