US Leads Ryder Cup, Woods Benched

11:41 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
Courtesy US Presswire
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MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. leads Europe after the first day of play at the Ryder Cup, 5-3.

The American teams to post a win were Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson and the team of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice, once each in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Losers were the teams of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker.

 For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods will be on the bench at the Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Davis Love III has decided not to play Woods in the Saturday morning session of foursomes. Woods had played every match since making his debut at Valderrama in 1997. He did not play in the 2008 matches while recovering from knee surgery, and he only played four matches in Wales two years ago because the matches were reconfigured due to rain.

Love had said all week he didn't want players to be in all five matches so they could conserve energy for the singles matches on Sunday.

Woods played poorly in a foursomes loss Friday morning and was sent back out. He made seven birdies Friday afternoon in a fourball loss and was benched.

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