Ryder Cup 2014: Europe extend lead over United States

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Europe managed to extend their lead over the United States thanks to a fine showing in the afternoon foursomes on day two of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Paul McGinley's side now lead their opponents 10-6 after winning today’s session 3½-½.

Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson produced the goods for Europe, defeating Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1, while Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell thrashed Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker 5&4 in the final match out.

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Westwood moves level with Palmer

Westwood, 41, is now officially the joint-fifth most successful player in the history of the Ryder Cup.

Thanks to this afternoon’s showing, the Englishman has now scored 23 points in nine Ryder Cups, which moves him above the legendary Seve Ballesteros and puts him level with the iconic Arnold Palmer.

He now requires one point from Sunday’s singles session to put him joint-second on the list with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. Sir Nick Faldo occupies top spot with a total of 25 points.

Europe now the overwhelming favourites

Meanwhile, world number one Rory McIlroy, alongside Sergio Garcia, beat Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan 3&2 - and Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose halved with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Europe are now the overwhelming favourites to retain the trophy, but will be reluctant to begin the celebrations tonight.

Ryder Cup fans will, of course, recall that the US led by the same margin after two days at the 2012 tournament in Medinah - only to lose the match.

But European fans now have every right to expect another famous victory ahead of Sunday’s singles.

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