Ryder Cup 2012 live scores: McIlroy/Poulter defeat American duo Dufner/Johnson, 1-up

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The American duo of Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner led for most of their Ryder Cup match on Saturday afternoon, but Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter rallied over the final six holes to win, 1-up.

The European squad has struggled against the Americans at the 2012 Ryder Cup, but on Saturday afternoon Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter were able to get a win, as they defeated the American duo Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson 1-up.

Johnson and Dufner were up the entire match, and were leading 2-up until the 12th hole, and that is when the tandem of McIlroy and Poulter made their move. They were able to win No. 13 and then became all square when Poulter birdied No. 15.

The 16th hole is where the European team took their first lead of the match and once again it was Poulter who was able to sink the birdie putt. Johnson had a chance to keep the match all square, but his birdie putt went long and gave the hole to the Europeans.

Both teams played well on the final two holes, with each team sinking birdies on No. 17 and 18. The win for the Europeans cuts into the American lead, but the overall Ryder Cup race is still 10-6 in favor of the United States.

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