The Europeans got a much-needed bailout from a most unlikely source.
Nicolas Colsaerts, Europe's lone rookie, single-handedly kept his team from being swept in the second session at the Ryder Cup on Friday. Might have kept Europe's hope of claiming its fifth Ryder Cup in six tries alive, too.
Colsaerts made eight birdies and an eagle to give him and Lee Westwood a 1-up win over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. The Americans lead Europe 5-3.
''I had the best seat in the house,'' Westwood said. ''I was saying after the match had finished, I knew how vital it was. I wasn't sure if Nicolas did. He said he was looking at the scoreboards, but there's a massive difference between getting a halve and getting a win.
''(Trailing) 5-3, we would have hoped for better at the start of the day, and we need a big day tomorrow,'' Westwood added. ''But we're still within touching distance there if we do have a good day. So it was vital to win that match, yeah.''
Colsaerts is the first Belgian to ...