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Sep 26, 2014 2:20 PM

Stenson, Rose the perfect match at Ryder Cup

The Associated Press

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) Henrik Stenson had different playing partners in all five of his team matches at the Ryder Cups in 2006 and '08.

He looks to have found a keeper at Gleneagles.

Stenson combined with close friend and neighbor Justin Rose on Friday to win two points for Europe on the first day of the 2014 Ryder Cup, helping the team secure a 5-3 overnight lead.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were widely viewed as Europe's powerhouse combination this week but now there's a different duo for the Americans to worry about on Saturday.

Rose's reliable game makes him the ideal partner, as Ian Poulter discovered in 2008 and '12 when they won four of their five matches.

Stenson says "he's a great all-around player with a very high capacity. I could have found a worse partner."


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