Ryder Cup 2012 live scores: Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson earn point for U.S.

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The pairing defeated Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood to give the United States their second point of the day.

Shortly after the pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley gave the United States a 1-0 lead at the Ryder Cup, the pairing of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson gave the U.S. another point over Europe.

Going against the pairing of Francesco Molinari of Italy and Lee Westwood of England, Johnson and Dufner fell behind right away, losing the first hole. However, they battled back and the two pairs went back and forth. Following back-to-back wins on holes 9 and 10, the Americans were one-up heading into the final eight holes.

Neither pair was able to win another hole until Johnson and Dufner won both holes 15 and 16. The three-up lead with two holes to play ended their round and gave the United States another point.

Despite the wins from Mickelson/Bradley and Johnson/Dufner, the United States are unlikely to lead after Day 1 though, as Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were able to beat Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, while Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker trail Ian Poulter and Justin Rose with only a few holes remaining.

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