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Ryder Cup: United States hit back as Ian Poulter arrives at the party

United States closed the gap on Europe to one point with a second fourball session victory of the Ryder Cup on Saturday.

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Trailing 5-3 after the first day's play, the US go into Saturday's foursomes 6 1/2 to 5 1/2 down but it could have been even better for the visitors had Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter not fought back to salvage half a point in the morning's final match.

The pair trailed for much of the back nine against Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler but Ryder Cup specialist Poulter made up for some questionable earlier form by chipping in at 15 and holing out under pressure at the 16th to secure a share of the spoils.

As well as Poulter's late form, the continued brilliance of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson was another highlight for Europe.

Having won both their contests on Friday, the pair came out on top in a thrilling contest, producing 10 birdies in a row to see off Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar.

The Americans were in impressive form as well, with Watson in particular making some important putts, but proved no match for their in-form opposition and succumbed to a 3 and 2 defeat.

A fourball record 12-under effort from Rose and Stenson provided Europe's sole victory as Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan swept to a 4 and 3 win against Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood before impressive rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed toppled Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.

Poulter had tasted a heavy defeat in his fourball opener alongside Stephen Gallacher and for much of Saturday's contest he continued to misfire.

McIlroy was more consistent but short of his usual high standards and the pair appeared on course for defeat when Fowler and Walker clinched three of the first four holes after the turn.

However, Poulter, the man dubbed 'The Postman' for his ability to deliver at the Ryder Cup, inspired Europe to half a point that kept the hosts ahead.

The form of Rose and Stenson had initially proved the main talking point of the morning as the duo continued their impressive showing to ensure the first point of the day went to the Europeans.

The match saw a fourball record of 21 birdies as an inspired Rose and Stenson made it three wins from three.

Reed and Spieth continued to play a crucial role for the US, winning their second match at the competition as Tom Watson was convinced to name the pair in Saturday's foursomes.

The American captain acknowledged a mistake not to name the pair in Friday's late play but the two will face Martin Kaymer and Rose, while Donaldson and Westwood failed to win a hole in their contest as Furyk and Mahan led from the first.

Saturday's foursomes in full:

Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood v Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar

Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy v Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan

Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose v Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell v Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler

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