First blood to America
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia slumped to their first ever foursomes defeat in the Ryder Cup as the United States drew first blood at Medinah.
The European pair had won all four of their foursomes outings together, winning twice in the record nine-point victory at Oakland Hills in 2004 and repeating the trick when the same winning margin was achieved two years later at the K Club.
Garcia was also unbeaten in nine foursomes appearances overall - winning eight and halving the other - while Donald had won six out of six, but one of captain Jose Maria Olazabal's key pairings lost 4&3 to Phil Mickelson and rookie Keegan Bradley in Chicago.
After losing the second hole to a birdie two, Donald and Garcia got back on level terms with a birdie on the fifth and won the sixth with a par, but were pegged back on the ninth and then lost four holes in a row from the 12th - two of them to birdies but two to par.
That meant the second match out had been decided first, with the top match between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk all square with two to play. The Northern Irish pair had been three up after 12 but lost three of the next four holes, including the 15th where McDowell's drive on the reachable par-four found the water.
In match three, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were one up on Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari after 13 holes, while Ian Poulter and Justin Rose were three up after 12 against an off-form Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.
McIlroy and McDowell, who had talked confidently about getting European blue "on the board early", breathed a massive sigh of relief after a par on the 18th was enough to win the hole and the match.
Westwood and Molinari were then beaten 3&2 by Dufner and Johnson, effectively gifting their opponents the match with bogeys on the 15th and 16th - the first when Westwood drove into the water and the second courtesy of three putts from long range.
Poulter and Rose had lost the 13th to a par three, but Poulter holed from seven feet for birdie on the next to get back to three up with four to play.