Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood stretch Europe`s Ryder Cup lead

Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood defeated Americans Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson 2 and 1 in Saturday`s first Ryder Cup afternoon foursomes match to extend Europe`s overall lead at Gleneagles.

Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood stretch Europe`s Ryder Cup lead

Gleneagles: Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood defeated Americans Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson 2 and 1 in Saturday`s first Ryder Cup afternoon foursomes match to extend Europe`s overall lead at Gleneagles.

Europe led the United States 7 1/2 to 5 1/2 after the fourballs victory, the second in as many days by English veteran Westwood and Welsh rookie Donaldson.

The US duo began with a birdie to seize the early lead but Europe answered with a birdie to win the par-5 second.

Again the Americans jumped on top when Europe took a bogey at the par-3 fourth but the trophy holders birdied the fifth to square the match again.

The European pair parred the sixth to take the lead only to have the Americans pull level by winning the eighth with a birdie, setting the stage for a Donaldson go-ahead birdie at nine and a US bogey at 11 for a 2-up Europe edge.

Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, sank a 10-foot eagle putt to win 14 but Westwood answered with a six-foot birdie at 16 to restore a two-hole edge.

Westwood plugged the tee shot into a greenside bank at the par-3 17th but Donaldson blasted inches from the hole to complete the triumph and kept both Americans winless.

Johnson lost with Hunter Mahan in Friday foursomes to Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in his only prior appearance this week.

Kuchar is 0-2 this week, having lost with Jim Furyk to Donaldson and Westwood in Friday`s foursomes and alongside Bubba Watson to Rose and Stenson in Saturday fourballs.

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