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Bradley, Mickelson give Americans command of Ryder Cup

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:54 PM

MEDINAH, Ill. — It's another big day for the Americans, who have a commanding 8-4 lead over Europe after winning all but one foursome today.

It's the largest lead after three sessions for a U.S. team since the Ryder Cup expanded to include players from continental Europe in 1979. The Americans need 14 1/2  points to win the Ryder Cup.

Just as they did Friday, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickleson led the U.S. rout. Their 7-and-6 thrashing of Lee Westwood and Luke Donald tied the mark for most lopsided score in an 18-hole team match. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia 2-and-1.

The Americans closed the session with Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk's 1-up victory over Europe's top team, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

Europe got its only point from — who else? — Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, a 1-up victory over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

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