Nicolas Colsaerts came back down to earth with a bump as he and Sergio Garcia slumped to a 2&1 defeat to Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson in their second-day's foursomes.
The Belgian struggled to rediscover the form that saw him card eight birdies and an eagle in Friday's fourballs, and his tee-shot into water at 17 ended a tight contest moments after Garcia had chipped in to halve the deficit.
The American pair got off to a hot start as Dufner backed up Johnson's approach to seven feet at the second with a putt to match, and the European pair bogeyed the fourth to go two down.
A par at the sixth was enough to pull a hole back for Europe, and they levelled at the 11th when Colsaerts nailed a slippery 10-footer for birdie.
But their good work was undone when they ran up an ugly double-bogey at the 12th, and the home pair restored their two-hole lead at the next when Colsaerts' par putt slid wide.
Garcia revived their chances with a sparkling chip-in from over the back of the 16th green, but their elation turned to despair on the next tee as Colsaerts misjudged the wind and his tee-shot failed to carry the lake.
Dufner held his nerve to find the heart of the green, and Johnson lagged to within a foot to secure the second point of the morning for the United States.
"It's pretty painful - very, very painful," Colsaerts said when asked about his mistake at the penultimate hole.
"When you are in a game that you have the chance to go all the way to 18 or get something out of it, it's a big difference.
"We got a decent chance to go to 18 and make something happen, but it's just one of those moments where you need a few Ryder Cups under your belt."