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Ryder Cup finale

Europe leads 10-6 going into today’s singles matches.

STRAFFAN, Ireland — Tom Lehman gently pressed his index finger against pursed lips, calculating the best-case scenario for an American team that kept settling for the worst in the Ryder Cup.

And then it got even worse.

Luke Donald crouched to his knees as his 25-foot birdie putt broke toward the 16th hole and disappeared for a birdie that sent Europe another point, setting off another roar at The K Club that shattered Lehman’s thoughts.

But not his hopes.

When two days of Ryder Cup matches ended late Saturday afternoon, Lehman and his American team, down 10-6, were reduced to clinging to memories — seven-year-old snapshots of the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Writer Ron Sirak thinks a 99 style comeback is highly improbable. Play has begun this morning and the US is down in 2 of the 6 matches so far started. It doesn’t look good for the US.

Today’s matches-

Colin Montgomerie (EUR) leads David Toms (USA)

Stewart Cink (USA) leads Sergio Garcia (EUR)

Paul Casey (EUR) leads Jim Furyk (USA)

Tiger Woods (USA) vs. Robert Karlsson (EUR)

Chad Campbell (USA) vs. Luke Donald (EUR)

J.J. Henry (USA) vs. Paul McGinley (EUR)

Zach Johnson (USA) vs. Darren Clarke (EUR)

Vaughn Taylor (USA) vs. Henrik Stenson (EUR)

Brett Wetterich (USA) vs. David Howell (EUR)

Phil Mickelson (USA) vs. Jose Maria Olazabal (EUR)

Chris DiMarco (USA) vs. Lee Westwood (EUR)

Scott Verplank (USA) vs. Padraig Harrington (EUR)

My original prediction stands. The US has traditionally been good in singles play but Europe is the better team. Europe wins 16-12

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