US have one hand on Cup

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Updated: September 30, 2012

Europe will have to defy history after Team USA took a stranglehold on the Ryder Cup, dominating the foursomes and then sharing the fourball matches yesterday at the Medinah Country Club.

After winning three out of four matches in the morning foursomes to go 8-4 up, the hosts continued in the same vein in the afternoon fourballs. But two late wins by Europe gave them some hope and momentum going into the singles today leading 10-6.

The largest comeback in the history of the tournament was at Brookline in 1999, when the US erased a 10-6 deficit on the final day. Davis Love III’s men just need another 4.5 points from the 12 singles to snatch the crown of continental supremacy from the Europeans.

In todays singles both teams will be looking for early points and have top loaded their first matches.

Love will send out Masters champion Bubba Watson first, against Englishman Luke Donald, US Open winner Webb Simpson next, against Englishman Ian Poulter, and red-hot Keegan Bradley third, against world No 1Rory McIlroy.

Veteran Phil Mickelson, Cup rookie Brandt Snedeker, long-hitting Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson fill the next four slots, and will meet Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Nicolas Colsaerts and Graeme McDowell respectively.