By Teddy Greenstein, Tribune reporter
6:23 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Pity Peter Hanson and Paul Lawrie. The European duo got railroaded Friday afternoon by Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.
“The train left on the front nine,” Hanson noted.
The Americans took the express car to victory with one of the greatest best-ball starts in Ryder Cup history. Watson and Simpson combined to produce seven birdies in their first eight holes – good for a 6-up lead.
The biggest tam-match beatdown in Ryder Cup history was a 7&6 romp by Hale Irwin and Tom Kite over Ken Brown and Des Smyth in 1979. This final margin turned out to be 5&4, with Watson and Simpson combining for 10 birdies in 14 holes.
Simpson said he drew strength from his faith: “This was my first Ryder Cup and I was scared to death.”
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