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  • n. A game of golf between two pairs of golfers in which the better score for each pair of players at each hole is counted.


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  • Bernstein and Platini were one pairing in a four-ball with Fabio Capello and Sir Trevor Brooking, left, the other.

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  • The European golfers led their American counterparts in three of the day's four four-ball matches and it didn't help matters that golfers were moving like tortoises: Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton of the U.S. team were 1-up on Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington through two holes.

    Ryder Cup play suspended because of rain

  • Under the plan, every player will play in every session after the first four-ball matches conclude Saturday morning.

    Ryders on the Storm

  • To help avoid a Monday finish, officials devised an unprecedented plan on Friday to squeeze the 12 four-ball and foursomes matches that didn't get started on Friday into two sessions of six matches each on Saturday, instead of playing them in three sessions of four matches each, as originally scheduled.

    Ryders on the Storm

  • Europe's lead ultimately proved insurmountable, however, and Corey Pavin, the Team USA captain, will know that the Ryder Cup was actually lost on Sunday, when the Europeans took 5 ½ points from a possible 6 in the third session of two foursomes and four four-ball (or better-ball) matches, turning a two-point deficit into a three-point advantage.

    Europe Holds On to Win Thrilling Ryder Cup

  • The first two days feature four matches of foursome, and four matches of four-ball on each day; the final day being 12 singles matches.

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  • Shaun Udal edged Allenby to second slip before Robert Croft and Cosker finished off the innings in a four-ball salvo.

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  • He teamed with Weekley to beat Lee Westwood and Hansen 2 and 1 in a four-ball match Saturday afternoon.

    Ryder Cup has stage set for dramatic finish on Sunday

  • "We gained a huge piece of momentum," said Poulter, who teamed with McDowell to beat Perry and Furyk 1-up in the afternoon four-ball matches.

    Ryder Cup has stage set for dramatic finish on Sunday

  • They won their foursomes match in the morning and four-ball in the afternoon, the latter against Sergio Garcia, which almost never happens.

    Proof is in the pictures at Ryder Cup


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