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Europe leads 6 1/2-5 1/2 after Ryder Cup fourballs

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By STEPHEN WILSON
AP Sports Writer
   GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) -- Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson finished with 10 straight birdies to win Saturday's first fourballs match for Europe. The United States responded by winning the next two matches and halving the fourth to cut the deficit to 6 1/2 to 5 1/2 on day two of the Ryder Cup.
   Rose and Stenson birdied 12 of 16 holes to beat Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar 3 and 2. The Americans had nine birdies themselves.
   The European duo's 12-under score was a Ryder Cup record in fourballs. The 21-under total for the two pairings was also a record.
   After Europe's advantage stretched to 6-3, the Americans surged back.
   Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan beat Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson 4 and 3. Rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed took down Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.
   Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker earned a half-point against Rory McIroy and Ian Poulter.
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