12:03 p.m.: Bubba Watson-Luke Donald
12:14: Webb Simpson-Ian Poulter
12:25: Keegan Bradley-Rory McIlroy
12:36: Phil Mickelson-Justin Rose
12:47: Brandt Snedeker-Paul Lawrie
12:58: Dustin Johnson-Nicolas Colsaerts
1:09: Zach Johnson-Graeme McDowell
1:20: Jim Furyk-Sergio Garcia
1:31: Jason Dufner-Peter Hanson
1:42: Matt Kuchar-Lee Westwood
1:53: Steve Stricker-Martin Kaymer
2:04: Tiger Woods-Francesco Molinari
THE WEATHER: One more pretty fall day is expected for the conclusion of the matches though it will be cooler and breezier. The high temperature is expected to be around 65 degrees with the wind blowing 15 to 20 miles per hour.
• One of the big moments for the U.S. side in the afternoon was Dustin Johnsons birdie at the par-3 17th hole that allowed him and partner Matt Kuchar to get a 1-up victory over Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie in a match in which they never trailed.
Matt told me walking up to the green, he goes I think youre going to do something special right here. And, sure enough, I did. Probably one of the best feelings Ive had on the golf course, said Johnson, who is 2-0 with Kuchar this weekend.
• Bubba Watson took the noise to a new level on the first tee Saturday when he urged the crowd to cheer while he hit his opening tee shot. It was a roar that would make a jet engine proud.
Could that become a part of the Ryder Cup, a steady roar for players while they tee off to start their matches? Probably not but Bubba likes it.
Lets make it fun, Watson said. The game should be fun even though youre trying to beat everybody.
The European players and coaches said they enjoyed it. Ian Poulter did it with me. We had a blast. If were going to grow the game of golf, thats what we have to do.
• The Bushes 41 and 43 presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush were on site watching the action Saturday.
Also getting up close access inside the ropes were Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (hes a Ryder Cup regular), Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and country singer Toby Keith, who was not spotted with a red solo cup.
• Ryder Cup performances can define a career. Ian Poulters came into sharper focus with his five-birdie finish Saturday that kept the drama in this Ryder Cup. Whats great is how amused Rory McIlroy seems watching Poulter be Poulter.
THEY SAID IT
It was hard, very hard to ignore the red on the board. Its hard to ignore the noise thats been made around the golf course. Graeme McDowell.
Bubba is Bubba. He was pretty special (Friday) and he was going to do it again (Saturday). So why not stand there and enjoy the fun of what it was. My heart rate went from I would say 100 to 180 pretty quickly. Ian Poulter on joining Bubba Watson in revving the Chicago crowd on the first tee Saturday morning.
Its intense, its very intense. He just gets that look in his eye, especially when he makes one of those big putts and hes fist pumping and hell just look right through you. Rory McIlroy on Ian Poulter.
Sort of like two poker players, too, they dont show you much, they just got the toughness inside. Theyre just the opposite of an Ian Poulter or Bubba Watson. They just keep it quiet and nip at ya. Johnny Miller on Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.