Mickelson and Bradley unstoppable again as they brush aside Donald and Westwood
Last Updated: 29/09/12 7:19pm
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson: made their point again
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson continued their remarkable Ryder Cup form as they destroyed Luke Donald and Lee Westwood 7&6 in Saturday's foursomes.
Mickelson, making his US record ninth appearance, combined with the confident debutant for two convincing wins on day one and they made short work of the English pair on the second morning.
The left-hander set the tone with a delightful approach to a foot at the first, and the Americans went one up when Donald's birdie putt from seven feet slipped wide.
Westwood's struggles continued as he found water off the tee at the second, but the Englishmen settled to halve the next three holes.
But a poor drive from Westwood at six led to a bogey, and Donald's 20-foot par putt at the next proved in vain as Mickelson rolled in a two-foot birdie putt to go four up.
Bradley converted another precise Mickelson approach at the ninth to take the Americans five ahead at the turn, and the lead became six at the next when Donald's birdie attempt lipped out.
And with the home pair in trouble at 12, Mickelson produced a stunning third to within inches of the cup and Donald pushed his par putt wide to bring an early end to a one-sided contest.
The 7&6 win equalled the record margin in any Ryder Cup, and Mickelson has now won three points for the first time since his debut in 1995 at Oak Hill.
He said: "Europe has had some great team-mates, but to be able to share this experience with Keegan has been really awesome.
"We've had so much fun, the crowd has provided so much energy and it's brought our best golf out."
A deflated Donald said: "Phil is a good partner to Keegan - he's obviously been a rock star this week - and they did nothing wrong.
"We didn't quite have our games and just couldn't quite get the momentum on our side. We kept pushing and trying as hard as we could, but they kept coming up with great shots.
"We're certainly giving 100% out there and we're going to still fight. It's not over until Sunday."