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Westwood and Donald score crushing victory

Earn first point after defeating Woods and Stricker

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Newport, Wales: Lee Westwood and Luke Donald completed a crushing 6&5 win over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker yesterday to earn the first point of the unfinished third session for Europe at the weather-hit Ryder Cup.

Four up on the Americans overnight after nine holes in their foursomes match, Westwood gave the British duo a major lift when he drained a 40-foot birdie putt at the 10th before they went on to seal victory on the 13th green.

It was the biggest defeat of Woods' Ryder Cup career and gave Westwood his sixth win over the world No 1 in seven encounters at the biennial team competition.

In the lead

That put Europe 6-5 behind holders the United States overall but the home team were leading in all the other five matches on the course with huge galleries roaring them on.

"I thought that putt Lee holed on 10 was magnificent," Donald said. "It was amazing to see that go in. To go five up gave us a huge boost and hopefully will help the team.

"It was nice to go out there and show they are beatable," he added, Woods and Stricker having won their first two matches this week.

World number three Westwood, who has been a talismanic figure for the European team at Celtic Manor, said: "When you are playing Tiger, you just seem to up your game a little bit."

Westwood and Donald were five under after 13 holes in the alternate-shot format.