Posted September 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
A glance at the opening day of the Ryder Cup on Friday: Score: The U.S. team leads 5-3 after matches of alternate shot and better ball. What's next? Four more matches of alternate shot in the morning Saturday, followed by four better-ball matches in the afternoon. Where's Tiger? Sitting down in the morning, for the first time in any Ryder Cup he's played in. His benching came after he and Steve Stricker lost both their matches to the Europeans. Points: Europe needs 14 points to retain the cup it won two years ago in Wales. The United States needs 14 1/2 points to win the cup. Key statistic: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium made eight birdies and an eagle in his afternoon match, carrying him and Lee Westwood to a win over Woods and Stricker. Noteworthy: For the first time in nine Ryder Cups, Phil Mickelson won both his opening matches. He and Keegan Bradley beat Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald in alternate shot, and Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in better ball. Quoteworthy: ''We just don't want guys to be worn out. We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon. We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday.'' - U.S. captain Davis Love III on benching Woods and Stricker.

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