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  • What it's like on Ryder's first tee Sep 29, 2012 8:38 AM
    The first tee at the Ryder Cup can be daunting. At Friday's opening bell, the chorus was in full swing as American and European fans chanted refrain after to refrain to show their support in attempts to drown out the opposition. Whether it was the chill in the air, the overwhelming warmth of the crowd of Medinah or the ever-mounting pressure in their hands, the first tee shots of the day went astray as veterans Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk hooked their opening drives over the fans and left of the fairway for Hole No. 1. The matches were officially under way, and so the accompanying pressure.

  • Best day of Bradley’s life? At Ryder Cup, it’s next one Sep 29, 2012 5:04 PM
    Keegan Bradley called his Ryder Cup debut “the best day of my life.” Barely 24 hours later, somehow it got even better. After stealing the show Friday with back-to-back wins, Bradley again partnered with Phil Mickelson to make beating the Europeans look easy.

  • Fans help create magic moments at Medinah Sep 29, 2012 9:04 PM
    Congratulations, Chicago. The energy, exuberance and rowdiness fans have brought to Medinah Country Club this weekend for the 39th Ryder Cup has players and commentators alike raving over your conduct. “I’ve never seen this many people on a golf course, whether for a Ryder Cup or for any golf event,” said NBC reporter Jimmy Roberts, who is at his 10th Ryder Cup.

  • Indomitable Poulter gives Europe some hope Sep 29, 2012 8:21 PM
    There may be no better match play competitor in Ryder Cup history than England’s Ian Poulter. He’s kept Team Europe alive — at least barely — through two days of the 39th staging of the event at Medinah, and he gave a pulsating finish to Saturday’s closing session.After playing partner Rory McIlroy made birdie at No. 13, Poulter reeled off five birds in a row, the last of which clinched a 1-up victory over Americans Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Poulter and McIlroy were 2-down when their run began.

  • Images: Saturday at the Ryder Cup Sep 29, 2012 7:36 PM
    Images from Saturday at Medinah Country Club and the 39th Ryder Cup tournament. Saturday featured the US team taking a commanding 10 - 6 lead over team Europe heading into the final round on Sunday.

  • Ryder fans experience ‘mecca’ of golf at Medinah Sep 29, 2012 5:51 PM
    Fans of the American and European teams of professional golfers squaring off in the second day of the Ryder Cup experienced glimpses of fame, roaring crowds and friendly displays of patriotism — all on a sunny, fall day. “It’s just awesome to be this close to a world event,” said Judy Strejc. “If you’re a golfer, this is Mecca,” said Ron Anderson.

  • Recapping Saturday’s Ryder Cup foursome matches Sep 30, 2012 1:44 AM
    Here’s a glance at how the early Ryder Cup matches on Saturday morning unfolded at Medinah Country Club, giving Team USA an 8-4 lead heading into the afternoon fourball matches. There are 28 matches in the Ryder Cup, and the United States needs to win 14½ points to capture the trophy.

  • Poulter keeps Europeans in the hunt at Ryder Cup Sep 29, 2012 8:40 PM
    Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley helped stake the Americans to their biggest lead in the Ryder Cup in more than 30 years. Ian Poulter, eyes bulging and fists shaking with every clutch putt, at least gave Europe some big momentum over the final frantic hour Saturday at Medinah. "The last two putts were massive," European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said after watching Poulter stay undefeated in this Ryder Cup.

  • USA players following captain’s orders Sep 29, 2012 10:15 PM
    Like any Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III has endured his share of second guessing, but the results speak for themselves. His rookies, led by Keegan Bradley, have combined to go 8-3, and Tiger Woods responded to his first Cup benching by cranking it up on the back nine Saturday afternoon in one of the most exciting matches of the weekend in front of 40,000 festive fans at Medinah Country Club . But most important for Love, the U.S squad followed up a great start on Friday with another dominant performance Saturday to take an overwhelming 10-6 lead over the Team Europe heading into today’s singles matches. Plain and simple, Love has pulled all the right strings, but like any good captain, he’ll never admit it.

  • Young guns have Team USA soaring Sep 29, 2012 10:03 PM
    After a couple decades of terrible Ryder Cup play, Team USA has taken advantage of the biggest home-course advantage in golf history -- and taken apart Team Europe in historic fashion.

  • Clutch birdie by Donald holds off Woods, Stricker Sep 29, 2012 9:38 PM
    After not making it past the 15th hole in his first two Ryder Cup matches — a pair of morning-round thumpings at the hands of the red-hot pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley — Northwestern product Luke Donald finally found his form, and the 18th green, late Saturday evening.

  • Closing rush by Woods falls just short Sep 29, 2012 10:14 PM
    Say this much for Tiger Woods: He can still send a lightning bolt of electricity across Medinah Country Club. Woods, who claimed the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships at Medinah, had throngs of Ryder Cup fans going absolutely berserk Saturday afternoon as he and partner Steve Stricker clawed back being 4-down after nine holes and almost pulling out a half-point for the ages.

  • Being at Ryder Cup the real deal Sep 30, 2012 12:05 AM
    This week’s Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club certainly is different from your typical event, but the same question applies: Is it better to witness play on the course or from the couch? The comparison test was easy Saturday as long as you scored a ticket for the tournament. You could go to Medinah for the morning matches and back home for the afternoon matches.

  • Ryder fans happy to shell out hundreds at Medinah Oct 1, 2012 7:09 AM
    Tickets themselves cost hundreds of dollars for the Ryder Cup. But the spending doesn’t stop there. Fans can spend hundreds, even thousands more on parking, food and souveniers. Here's a look at what the Ryder Cup can really cost.

  • Breaking down Saturday’s Ryder Cup pairings Sep 29, 2012 1:53 AM
    Here’s a glance at Saturday’s four Ryder Cup foursomes matches (alternative shot), with the first group teeing off at 7:20 a.m. at Medinah’s Course No. 3 and the final grouping going off at 8:05 a.m. The afternoon fourball pairings will be announced after the morning matches.

  • Mickelson, Bradley lead USA charge Sep 28, 2012 10:19 PM
    Welcome to the Madhouse at Medinah. Welcome to the 39th Ryder Cup, where the U.S. team came into the day the slightest of favorites against a formidable group of Europeans, but now look to be in the drivers’ seat courtesy of a 5-3 opening day highlighted mainly by the performance of the young guns, but by one wily veteran as well.

  • Woods-Stricker to sit out morning matches Sep 28, 2012 9:17 PM
    Late Friday night the lineups for Saturday morning’s foursomes matches were unveiled, and for the first time in his Ryder Cup career Tiger Woods’ name was not on the card.

  • When it comes to pressure, Bradley’s in control Sep 28, 2012 9:08 PM
    Keegan Bradley certainly didn’t feel a shred of pressure Friday as the Ryder Cup rookie teamed with Phil Mickelson to thoroughly trounce two of Europe’s best squads at Medinah Country Club. ““I love, love playing with this man,” Mickelson said. “There’s a simple reason Keegan’s perfect for the Ryder Cup,” he said. “The more pressure the situation, the better he plays … the better he sees the shot … the better he focuses … the better the result. And there’s no bigger pressure situation than the Ryder Cup. And that’s when he’s at his best.”

  • USA’s afternoon surge restores Medinah roar Sep 29, 2012 9:41 AM
    At least for an afternoon, U.S. captain Davis Love looked like a genius, engineering a course that fit his team, and picking a roster that fit the course, as the U.S. came to life in Session II four-ball and threatened to blow out Europe.

  • Poulter, Colsaerts help Europe defeat Woods Sep 28, 2012 8:13 PM
    Opening day at the 39th Ryder Cup didn’t go well for Team Europe on Friday, but the gang that won four of the last five competitions did win one battle. The two captain’s picks made by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal were twice as productive as the four captain’s picks made by U.S. captain Davis Love III. England’s Ian Poulter and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts both played big roles in taking down Tiger Woods on Friday.

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