U.S. takes early lead at the Ryder Cup

The U.S., after the first day of Ryder Cup competition, has entered almost uncharted water: entering the second day with a commanding lead.

A very young team without its brightest star was able to dominate a talented European team in the first four matches of the 2008 Ryder Cup.

In Match 1, Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim defeated Open Champion Padraig Harrington (pictured right) and Graeme McDowell with a 2 Up performance.

Ben Curtis and Steve Stricker, however, were beaten in the second match 3&2 by Europe's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

Surprisingly, captain's selection Hunter Mahan and Justin Leonard (pictured left) blew the stars of Spain away, with Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez falling after only 15 holes.

With those three matches, the American squad led 5 to 2 with one match left to be completed. However, after 18 holes, Americans Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes tied with Westwood/Hansen. Subsequently, the Americans finished the first day with a 5.5 to 2.5 lead over the Europeans.

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