Day 2 (Posponed to day 3)
Nothing But Grey Skies
Once again, torrential rain held up play on this the second day of the 1997 Ryder Cup. Heavy storms began at 05.30 am holding up the 09.00 am scheduled start, the rain finally stopped at 09.15 am and the two unfinished foursome matches from Friday resumed at 10:50 am.
A Grey Day for the U.S. of A
For the second day running, play started late due to bad weather. Things finally got under way at 10:50 am with the two remaining foursomes which were not finished yesterday due to bad light
Match Six only needed two puts on the 16th, and when America's Justin Leonard missed his shot, a Lee Westwood putt clinched the match for Europe with a 3 & 2 win. This victory was especially sweet for Nick Faldo as he equaled the most wins in the history of the Ryder Cup, a record of 22 wins which he now shares with the great Arnold Palmer. England born Nick also became the top points scorer in this 70-year-old competition when he went half a point ahead of Billy Casper's 23 1/2 points total. He extended both records with a 2& 1 victory in the seconds day fourballs.
There were six holes left and the teams were level when the morning's play commenced in Match Seven. Tom Lehman put the U.S in charge with a birdie on the 13th but Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, also with a birdie levelled it up on the next hole. The remaining four holes were parred by both sides resulting with the match being halved. With the completion of the yesterday's delayed foursomes, Europe took the lead by four and half points to three and a half.
Second Day's Play
Europe took command of the 1997 Ryder Cup by destroying America in the second day's fourball, allowing the visitors only half a point while they amassed three and half. The States finished the day without securing a single victory and at the end of the day press conference, team captain Toms Kites put it down the Europeans knowledge of the course saying "They know this golf course under different weather conditions better than we do"
He can only hope that his team have a better day on Sunday with the three unfinished foursomes and the singles matches.
The three second day foursome matches will resume at 9 am on Sunday morning at which time the captains wir pairings for the single games, which will commence at noon.