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    Europe take lead into final Ryder Cup day


    by ODN


    Europe take a remarkable three-point lead into the Monday singles at the Ryder Cup after a stunning session at Celtic Manor.

    From 6-4 down overnight, Colin Montgomerie will go into the fourth day - needed for the first time in the event's history because of yet another rain delay - with a 9 1/2-6 1/2 lead over the stunned Americans.

    With Italian Francesco Molinari birdieing the final hole of the day to grab a half with his brother Edoardo, Corey Pavin's side appear to be in trouble as they try to retain the trophy.

    With Tiger Woods crashing to the worst match play defeat of his whole career and Phil Mickelson becoming the American with more defeats than any other since the contest started in 1927, it is going to take a monumental effort to turn the tide.

    Europe need only four of the 12 singles to triumph. The United States, who have not won away since 1993, will have to take 7 1/2 points for a tie that would enable them to return home with the cup.

    Montgomerie was left beaming after his men had dropped only half a point in the competition's first six-game session.

    He said: "That's incredible what happened there. All credit to every one of them. This is what the word momentum is all about and when Woods loses 6&5 (to an inspired Lee Westwood and Luke Donald) that helped us all through.

    "It was a fantastic day and my singles order has changed now. The best I thought we could do was 8-8."