Poulter picks up 10th Ryder Cup win as he and Rose hold off Watson and Simpson
Ian Poulter and Justin Rose lifted Europe's spirits with a one-up win over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.
Last Updated: 30/09/12 12:43am
The English pair turned the match around the turn, picking up three wins in four holes before overcoming a nervy finish to prevail at the last.
The opening encounter of the day got underway amid bizarre scenes on the first tee, with Poulter and Watson both encouraging the fans to make plenty of noise as they hit their drives.
Poulter's found a fairway bunker, but Rose clipped a superb approach to five feet and his partner coaxed in the birdie putt for the win.
But Simpson replied by knocking his second to gimme range at the third to level, and the home pair went ahead with a two-putt birdie at the long fifth after Poulter drove into the trees.
However, Poulter atoned when his tricky downhill eight-footer dropped for birdie at nine, and the Americans three-putted the next to fall behind again.
Poulter then nailed a clutch 10-foot par-saving putt for a win at the 12th, and the Englishmen maintained their lead until their short-games deserted them at the 16th.
The 17th was halved in pars, and after Watson hit to eighth feet at the last, Rose almost secured victory with an excellent birdie putt from 45 feet.
But the cast-iron par proved enough after Simpson mis-read his birdie attempt as Poulter claimed a remarkable 10th win in only his 13th Ryder Cup match.
"It was absolutely key," said Poulter. "Jose put us out number one for a reason and that was to get a point."
Asked about his decision to copy Watson's first-tee antics, he added: "Everyone was talking about it and he was going to do it again so why not stand there and enjoy the fun?
"My heart rate went from 100 to 180 pretty quickly but it was a buzz."
Rose added: "I feel like we actually didn't have our best stuff today and to win that point was massive."