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A ray of hope for the Americans is extinguished by a late European surge

Stung by an overnight "ass chewing" from Hal Sutton and the benching of Phil Mickelson, the U.S. launched a Brookline-style counteroffensive, but by day's end the European lead had reached historic proportions and the home team looked like paper tigers.

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Phil Mickelson

Left out, he shelved his ego and rooted for his boys.

Cap'n Langer

He scouted the greens so he could help his players pull the right club.

Euro rookies

Down one with two to play, Paul Casey and David Howell pulled it out.

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JOHN BIEVER (CASEY)

SPARKLING DEBUT

Casey, who along with his partner, Howell, was playing his first match, came up big for Europe.

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SIMON BRUTY (RILEY)

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ROBERT BECK (GARCIA, CAMPBELL)

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INVISI-PHIL

Sutton's decision to sit Mickelson for four-ball, not foursomes, was a head-scratcher.

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Jacobson

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