LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood had the morning off, then returned to the Ryder Cup mix Saturday.
Garcia and Westwood, Europe's longest-serving players, were benched for alternate-shot matches after the Americans built a commanding 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead Friday. Captain Nick Faldo said he wanted his two big stars fresh for afternoon best-ball.
With Westwood and Garcia watching from carts, the Europeans won two matches and halved another to cut the U.S. lead to 7-5.
"We've got to give some guys some rest," Faldo said. "You've got four fresh guys going out starting right now, and they are going to be really pumped up from what they have just seen."
Westwood returned to the course with Soren Hansen, facing Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes in what figured to the most-watched match of the day. Westwood thought Weekley's antics to fire up the crowd on Friday were out of line, but the homespun American said he wasn't changing.
The bad blood was evident when Westwood stared down the grandstands after matching Weekley birdie for birdie at the first hole Saturday.
Garcia was paired with Paul Casey in a match against Ben Curtis and Steve Stricker. Faldo broke up Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, who had won two matches, pairing Poulter with Graeme McDowell. They were squaring off with Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk, the only U.S. pair from the morning to stay together.
The Americans shook up their other pairing, a hybrid of Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan coming together to meet Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson. Hot-putting Justin Leonard, who played three matches with Mahan, and 23-year-old Anthony Kim, who did the same with Mickelson, got the afternoon off.