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Americans lucky to escape down one

Updated: September 28, 2002, 5:36 PM ET
By David Kraft | ESPN.com

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- It could have been worse for the Americans. Much worse.

The U.S. was staring down the barrel of at least a two-point deficit after Day 1 of the Ryder Cup at The Belfry. Maybe more.

Tiger Woods was losing again. Phil Mickelson and David Toms -- the lone American team to win a match in the morning fourballs -- were getting spanked.

A 5-3 deficit? American captain Curtis Strange probably would have taken that offer right there in his trusty Club ...

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