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Henrik Stenson praises Justin Rose Ryder Cup pairing

Henrik Stenson praised his partnership with Justin Rose, after they helped Europe to a 5-3 lead on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

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Paired by European captain Paul McGinley, Stenson and Rose were the stars on Friday, winning their fourball match against United States duo Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5 and 4 at Gleneagles.

Stenson and Rose also triumphed in the foursomes, upstaging USA's Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson 2 and 1 as defending champions Europe took a two-point lead heading into Saturday's play.

"When I was out of a hole, he [Rose] played well and vice versa," said Stenson " the 2013 FedEx Cup winner.

"I made a couple of steals on the second and ninth when Bubba was on the green in two on the second, and I was in the rough and Justin was in the rough. But I managed to hit it close, make four, and he three-putted for par.

"There were a couple of crucial moments, and like I said, the second, Justin made a great birdie on four. I made a good birdie on 9, when he was in trouble there and then he pulled a great putt in on 10 to go four-up.

"So in the morning, it was really ours to lose on the back nine with four-up through 10, and then we actually came out and played better in the afternoon.

"I think we made six birdies together, and we knew it was going to be a tough match against Zach and Hunter, the two players who don't give away anything really for free, I guess up until the 17th.

"But we won 15, and we both halved with birdies on 16. [I] had a long-range putt that I lagged up for a change compared to the one on 12.

"I hit it close there and I guess they felt forced to try to make something happen towards the last couple of holes there and they three-putted and the match was over.

"After a long day, we didn't have to come up 18, and two points out of a possible two so far. Looking forward to the rest."

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