Late Ryder redemption for Fowler after rules infringement
Wales: United States rookie Rickie Fowler gained a measure of redemption after falling foul of the rulebook in a foursomes match with Ryder Cup partner Jim Furyk at Celtic Manor on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Fowler used the wrong ball for a drop after being given relief from mud halfway up the fourth, automatically resulting in a loss of the hole to Europe's Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
Although the two Americans trailed for 16 of the 18 holes in the alternate-shot format, a birdie at the last helped them escape with a half against their opponents.
U.S. captain Corey Pavin felt his young rookie had simply paid the price for his inexperience.
"I don't know if he didn't know the rules," Pavin told reporters. "When you play alternate shot, funny things can happen. He just had a ball in his pocket, which was the proper ball to play.
"He just didn't think about marking and picking the other ball up and placing it so he ended up having two balls in play, which is a breach of rules. It happens."