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Ryder Cup day one review: Europe fightback earns 5-3 lead

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Europe will take a 5-3 lead into the second day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles after a first-day fightback to savour.

The hosts finished the morning session 2.5-1.5 down but rallied in the afternoon to win three of the four matches and half the other one to turn the score around.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson had got Europe off to a great start as they recorded a convincing 5&4 victory over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in the opening match of the event.

Late heroics

Late heroics from Jimmy Walker saw team U.S half the second match when he holed for a birdie to draw him and Rickie Fowler level with Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn. Kaymer and Bjorn had led by three holes after just four played but couldn't hold on.

However, the Americans draw level with the rookie pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed who strolled to sucess with a same 5&4 scoreline against Ian Poulter and debutant Stephen Gallacher.

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Difficult debut

It was a difficult debut for Gallacher and Poulter, who's experience was supposed to guide the Scot through the day, couldn't find his Ryder Cup magic. It was Poulter's first loss in eight Ryder Cup matches, stretching back to the opening day of the 2010 event at Celtic Manor.

But Europe suffered a heartbreaking loss when Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley managed a final hole win over Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia to give USA a 2.5-1.5 morning lead.

Europe came out firing in the afternoon session with debutants Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson impressed giving the hosts a 3.5-0.5 win.

Brilliant comeback

The afternoon also saw McIlroy and Garcia make amends for their morning loss with a brilliant comeback to half their match.

Donaldson and Westwood took on Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar in the top match and took a 2up victory to draw Europe level on points.

Seize control

Rose and Stenson followed up their morning win with another victory over Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson as they claimed a 2&1 triumph as Europe look to seize control of day one.

It seemed as though Walker and Fowler would pick up a victory over McIlroy and Garcia as they led by two holes with two remaining. But McIlroy and Garcia were determined not to begin their Ryder Cup with two losses and rallied late on with a monster 40-foot putt for birdie on the 17th key to their recovery.

Frenchman Dubuisson looked impressive when he partnered Graeme McDowell and eased to a comfortable 3up victory over Mickelson and Bradley as Europe turned around their disappointing morning session to take control of the first day and lead 5-3.

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