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Watson-Simpson win, US takes 9-4 lead on Europe

Watson-Simpson win, US takes 9-4 lead on Europe

CREATED Sep. 29, 2012

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) -- Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson's 5-and-4 victory over Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari has given the United States a commanding 9-4 lead in the Ryder Cup, with more points sure to come.

The Americans are leading in two other fourball matches. Tiger  Woods and Steve Stricker are making up ground after making the turn down 4 to Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

The largest lead going into the singles matches was 11-5 by Europe in 2004; the Europeans went on to win 18 1/2 to 9 1/2.

The Americans need 14 1/2 points to regain the Ryder Cup. The largest comeback in Ryder Cup history was at Brookline in 1999, when the U.S. erased a 10-6 deficit on the final day.