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Europeans closing in on Cup

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) - Ian Poulter and Luke Donald have given Europe two key wins to maintain a three-point lead at the Ryder Cup.

Stewart Cink of the U.S. struggled down the stretch with his putter and wound up halving his match with Rory McIlroy.

The Americans won the first two points of singles. Dustin Johnson beat Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur) 6-and-4, while Steve Stricker defeated Lee Westwood 2 and 1. Poulter routed Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) 5 and 4, and Donald held off Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) 1 up.

Europe led by three points going to singles, which are traditionally the strongest part of the American game. Of the seven matches still on the course, the home team leads in three. Europe leads 12-9 and needs 14 1/2 points to reclaim the Ryder Cup.


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