Despite the alarming amount of bleach in their collective hairstyles, Team Europe stretched their lead to 6½-1½ after day one following a 3-1 victory in the afternoon foursomes.
The talking point will of course be the pairing of Woods and Mickelson, who lost their second match of the day. Three up after 4 against Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood, the "Dream Team" were pegged back to all square by the 10th, and fell 1 down on 11, where they remained until they won the 17th. With the momentum seemingly on their side on the 18th tee, Mickelson hit a wayward drive into a position from which Woods could only drop and punch out down the fairway. An average wedge by Mickelson's standards left Woods with a 15-footer for bogey, which he missed - double bogey. After Darren Clarke left his par attempt within gimme range, matchplay's cardinal sin of losing a hole to bogey had been committed, giving the Europeans the hole and the point.