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Former Dutch football player Ruud Gullit (L) shakes hands with Lee Westwood of Europe during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Former Dutch football player Ruud Gullit (L) shakes hands with Lee Westwood of Europe during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Richard Heathcote

Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez smokes a cigar  after completing his round during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe's Miguel Angel Jimenez smokes a cigar after completing his round during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lynne Cameron

Euorpe's Lee Westwood (right) shakes hands with the USA's Tiger Woods after he beat the American pairing of Woods and Stricker in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Euorpe's Lee Westwood (right) shakes hands with the USA's Tiger Woods after he beat the American pairing of Woods and Stricker in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Kandi Harris, the partner of the USA's Hunter Hahan watches his match in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Kandi Harris, the partner of the USA's Hunter Hahan watches his match in the session 3 foursomes, during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Graeme was put there for a very good reason. He won the US Open, was full of confidence and it showed.<br />
<b>Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie gives his reasons for sending out Graeme McDowell last for what proved the crucial singles match against the United States.</b>

Graeme was put there for a very good reason. He won the US Open, was full of confidence and it showed.<br /> <b>Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie gives his reasons for sending out Graeme McDowell last for what proved the crucial singles match against the United States.</b>

David Davies

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the 17th green after winnig their match

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the 17th green after winnig their match

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Jeff Overton of the USA putts on the 17th green during the Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jeff Overton of the USA putts on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

Zach Johnson of the USA consults with an official during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Zach Johnson of the USA consults with an official during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Ian Poulter of Europe celebrates holing a putt on the 15th green  during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ian Poulter of Europe celebrates holing a putt on the 15th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Francesco Molinari of Europe is congratulated by fans after winning his match during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Francesco Molinari of Europe is congratulated by fans after winning his match during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Richard Heathcote

Padraig Harrington of Europe is congratulated by USA Captain Corey Pavin (L) after winning his match on the 17th green during the Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Padraig Harrington of Europe is congratulated by USA Captain Corey Pavin (L) after winning his match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Rory McIlroy of Europe and Graeme McDowell (L) support their team mates during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of Europe and Graeme McDowell (L) support their team mates during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates winning his match on the 17th green during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates winning his match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Dustin Johnson's partner Amanda Caulder looks on during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Dustin Johnson's partner Amanda Caulder looks on during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Luke Donald of Europe smiles with wife Diane during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Luke Donald of Europe smiles with wife Diane during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

A cart passes through the rain and mud during the weather delay prior to the restart of the Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

A cart passes through the rain and mud during the weather delay prior to the restart of the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Richard Heathcote

Rory McIlroy (R) of Europe celebrates holing a putt  with team mate Graeme McDowell to wiin their match on the 17th green during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy (R) of Europe celebrates holing a putt with team mate Graeme McDowell to wiin their match on the 17th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Holly Sweeney

Holly Sweeney

USA Captain Corey Pavin waits alongside Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods on the 18th green during the Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

USA Captain Corey Pavin waits alongside Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods on the 18th green during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Europe Captain Colin Montgomerie (L) reacts with Vice Captain Sergio Garcia during the  Fourball &amp; Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Europe Captain Colin Montgomerie (L) reacts with Vice Captain Sergio Garcia during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Holly Sweeney

Holly Sweeney

Fans watch through binoculars whilst wering Dragon hats during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor

Fans watch through binoculars whilst wering Dragon hats during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor

David Davies

Euorpean captain's wife Gaynor Montgomerie during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Euorpean captain's wife Gaynor Montgomerie during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Europe's Ian Poulter is mobbed by fans as he makes his way off the 17th green after victory in the fourballs during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe's Ian Poulter is mobbed by fans as he makes his way off the 17th green after victory in the fourballs during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Europe's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe's Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd during the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lynne Cameron

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Former Dutch football player Ruud Gullit (L) shakes hands with Lee Westwood of Europe during the Fourball & Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 3, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Lee Westwood last night hailed a "phenomenal effort" from Europe's Ryder Cup stars after their Celtic Manor masterclass left the United States in disarray.

Westwood and Luke Donald led from the front by inflicting the heaviest match play defeat of world number one Tiger Woods' 14-year professional career.

That 6&5 foursomes drubbing set the tone as Europe went on to win four more matches and halved the other, turning a 6-4 deficit into a 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 lead heading into tomorrow's delayed singles matches.

It was 'Super Sunday' in the Usk Valley, with Westwood and company requiring five more points to make it a 'Magnificent Monday' and regain the trophy lost in Louisville, Kentucky two years ago.

"We played very well," said Westwood, who has now beaten Woods six times from seven attempts in the Ryder Cup. Donald, meanwhile, preserved his 100% foursomes record.

"Tiger and Steve (Stricker) are considered their strongest pair, probably.

"But there are 12 main men in this team. It is strong all the way through, and that was a phenomenal effort."

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Europe led all six matches - two foursomes and a quartet of fourballs - going into today's action, which was delayed 15 minutes short of six hours by heavy rain.

And Westwood added: "We tried to impress on the people who hadn't played in the Ryder Cup before that they (USA) were going to come out fast. We had to come out faster.

"It is very difficult when you have six blues on the scoreboard overnight. We didn't want to get ahead of ourselves - we knew we had to convert our chances."

Donald said: "It was a nice place to be with all that blue on the board. It couldn't get any better, so we had to hold on to those leads as much as we could.

"It was great to see Lee hole a 40-foot putt on 10. It's a great day for European golf - a lead going into tomorrow is what you want."

Ian Poulter teamed up with German Martin Kaymer for a 2&1 win against an out-of-sorts Phil Mickelson and American rookie Rickie Fowler.

"We knew they would come out hard and fast, and the key was to try to put your foot on the pedal and keep going," said Poulter.

"It shows how strong this side is. Seeing a sea of blue on the board is huge motivation to keep knocking it close and keep knocking those putts in."

Padraig Harrington, a 2&1 winner with Ross Fisher over Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson, enjoyed his first Ryder Cup fourballs success since 2004.

"We were in a difficult situation going out today," he said. "We hadn't won the points, even though it was blue on the board overnight.

"To gain 5.5 points today was phenomenal, really. It's nice to play like we did, but there is a lot of work to be done tomorrow. They (USA) have another opportunity tomorrow.

"Ross played some fantastic golf. Quality wise, he certainly played the best golf anybody has probably ever seen in a Ryder Cup.

"He made all the shots, holed all the putts. He really did play awesome."

Fisher though, paid tribute to his colleague, adding: "The help I got from Padraig today was huge.

"Yesterday, I struggled in my first game. The putts weren't going in, so I needed to be patient.

"When you have got a three-time major champion reading your putts, you know you've got a great chance."


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