Ryder Cup: Donald hails America's new 'rock star'
Luke Donald paid tribute to the new star of American golf after he and Lee Westwood became the latest victims of the irresistible Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson. Bradley served notice of his talent with victory at the 2011 PGA Championship and embellished it with three points from three outings on debut, culminating with the poleaxing of Europe's heavyweight pairing.
"He's obviously been a rock star this week," Donald said of Bradley. "Phil is a good partner and they did nothing wrong again. They kept coming up with great shots. We just couldn't get the momentum on our side." Westwood concurred. "They started off quick today. They were something like six under through 10. We didn't play well enough and put enough pressure on them."
The team were addressed by Europe's captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, on Friday night, when he read the Spanish equivalent of the riot act. Olazabal was concerned at the lack of passion in his team, and the brittle response to the American charge.
"The philosophy was to play better, simple as that," Donald said. "We wanted to go out there and play hard. We are certainly giving 100 per cent. It's not over till Sunday." Olazabal's American counterpart, Davis Love III, could afford to rest his star pairing in the afternoon fourballs. "After all that great golf Phil was asking for his break, because he knows how important tomorrow is going to be."
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Latest in Sport
Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 match report: Luis Suarez leaves Malky Mackay with nothing but pride
The worst owner in football? Vincent Tan faces fan backlash as Malky Mackay clings to Cardiff job
Spurs don't want Glenn Hoddle as their new manager
Arsène Wenger: Now is the time to finally beat Jose Mourinho
Manchester United 3 West Ham 1 match report: Ashley Young returns in style to finish off Hammers
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness