Perry & Holmes Help U.S. Take Day 1 Lead

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - So far, so good for the United States Ryder Cup team.

The Americans have grabbed a five and a-half to two and a-half advantage against the Europeans, the largest lead for the U.S. after the opening day since Europe was included in the Ryder Cup in 1979.

The Americans had not led after any session since last winning the Ryder Cup in the "Miracle at Brookline" in 1999. But even with six rookies and no Tiger Woods, they lost only one of eight matches.

Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) teamed to win both of their matches, beating Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez in the fourball round after knocking off Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey during the morning foursomes. Leonard had never won a match in any Ryder Cup before today.

Phil Mickelson won as many points as his last two Ryder Cups combined, halving his morning match before teaming with Anthony Kim again for a 2-up win over Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell in the afternoon fourball. The U.S. dropped just one match and halved three others.

All Times EDT
At Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Ky.
Yardage: 7,496; Par: 71
8:05 a.m. - Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell, United States, vs.
Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, Europe.
8:20 a.m. - Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan, United States, vs.
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell, Europe.
8:35 a.m. - Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim, United States, vs.
Henrik Stenson and Oliver Wilson, Europe.
8:50 a.m. - Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry, United States, vs.
Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson, Europe.

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