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American rookies lead the way at Gleneagles

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson sent out his two youngest rookies against Europe’s biggest threat in the Ryder Cup, and it was a short match.

The Americans barely broke a sweat.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed made an auspicious debut Friday in the Ryder Cup by running off five birdies in a six-hole stretch for a 5-and-4 victory in fourballs over Ian Poulter and Scottish favorite Stephen Gallacher.

They ended Poulter’s seven-match winning streak.

“It was very, very quiet out there compared to what I think Patrick and I expected in the first round of a Ryder Cup over here,” Spieth said. “And that’s the goal. That’s our team goal is just go out there and play and listen to it like’s just Sunday with your buddies. That’s kind of what it felt like.”

The Americans got even more help from another rookie.

Jimmy Walker holed out twice to win holes and to keep him and Rickie Fowler in the match. And then it was Walker again on the 18th, holing a 4-foot birdie putt to earn an unlikely half-point against U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn.

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