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Ryder Cup 2012: US, Europe tied after initial matches

Keegan Bradley of the US enjoyed his first Ryder Cup match Friday morning, while Tiger Woods continued to struggle.

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USA's Keegan Bradley reacts after making a putt to win the hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.

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Keegan Bradley made the Americans look good.

Even Tiger Woods.

Bradley put on an impressive show in his Ryder Cup debut Friday, helping the U.S. salvage a 2-2 tie with Europe in the foursome matches. He made four big birdie putts, including a 15-footer to clinch his and Phil Mickelson's 4-and-3 upset of Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. It was the Europeans' first loss in alternate-shot play; they had been 4-0 together, and Garcia had a career record of 8-0-1.

"He played some of the best golf and to be his partner was an awesome experience," Mickelson said. "I love, love playing with this man. He's just so fun, loves the game and plays with such excitement. And man, can he roll the rock."

As the winning putt rolled into the cup, Bradley let loose with a scream that could be heard all across Medinah while his caddie twirled the flag stick like a baton. Bradley pumped his fist, and he and Mickelson exchanged a hand slap and a hug.

Captain Davis Love III sent the duo out in the afternoon to face Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Europe's top team, in fourballs.

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