Americans take lead into Ryder Cup's final day for 1st time since 1995

Updated: September 21, 2008, 2:54 AM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Birdie putts fell one on top of the other, almost too quickly to keep up. Fists pumps charged up the crowd, often accompanied by players screaming above the din to celebrate.

Eight matches, 138 holes, 86 birdies, all crammed into 10 hours Saturday at the Ryder Cup.

When a gripping day at Valhalla ended, with both teams huddled on the grassy banks surrounding the 18th green to watch yet another match go the distance, the Americans clung to a 9-7 lead, ahead going ...

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