Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter bring the noise at Ryder Cup

Bubba Watson high-fives fans as he arrives on the first tee for the morning foursome round during...

Bubba Watson high-fives fans as he arrives on the first tee for the morning foursome round during the Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., Sept. 29, 2012. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)

TIM McKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

CHICAGO - The TV announcers described it as being like something out of the movie Happy Gilmore.

The only thing missing was Bubba Watson wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey (Gilmore, the film's main character, wore a Boston Bruins one) riding his driver off the first tee like a hobby horse.

After Watson encouraged American fans to cheer while he was teeing off Friday afternoon, his opponent, European class clown Ian Poulter, decided to do the same as the pair started their foursome round Saturday morning.

Poulter stepped up to a raucous version of Ole, Ole, Ole from the European fans and belted it into the left bunker on No. 1.

Watson, not having to try hard this time to draw cheers, just nodded his head and the crowd brought the noise as he stepped up to his ball. He put it past the bunker and into the left rough.

"It was a special moment I think," Poulter said. "It was pretty special of Bubba (Friday). I knew Bubba was going to do it again, so why not join him.

"My heart rate went from 100 to 180."

Despite the odd naysayer — Nick Faldo said he thought Tom Morris would be spinning in his grave — the first-tee spectacle was mostly appreciated.

Keegan Bradley came to the first tee early just to watch his American teammate ham it up.

"I couldn't contain myself. I was just so excited. I was so proud of him." Bradley said.

Even the captains didn't mind.

"That was amazing," European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. "They may be starting a trend."

Maybe, but Watson and Poulter likely are the only two guys on their respective teams who could carry out a shot under those conditions.

"For me, personally, I'd probably miss the ball," Bradley said. "I'm so jacked up on the first tee that if they started doing that, I don't know where I'd go."

TIGER OK WITH BENCHING

After sitting out a session for the first time in his Ryder Cup career Saturday morning, Tiger Woods said the rest was welcome.

The only problem was, he didn't really wake up until the back nine when he got back into action for afternoon four-balls.

Woods and longtime playing partner Steve Stricker — the only U.S. players not to make a point in the first two days here at the Medinah Country Club — spotted Luke Donald a 4-up lead through the first nine holes.

For the second day in a row, Woods reeled off five birdies on his back nine, but once again it wasn't quite enough as the American duo fell 1-down to Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

"We were 6-under on the back nine with one to go," Woods said. "Just didn't do it."

The Woods of old appeared back at times. On the par-3 17th, he hit it close, yelling "Give me some! Give me some! Give me some!" while it was in the air, but Luke Donald answered with an even better shot.

Woods said he was "absolutely" OK with the break from playing five matches — captain Davis Love III sat everyone once — and he's feeling refreshed.

"Five matches in three days is a lot, and hey, I'm not young anymore," the 36-year-old Woods said. "I'm one of the older guys. It's nice to get a little bit of rest."

KEEGAN'S QUIRKY SETUP

If you had to describe American Keegan Bradley's pre-shot routine, words such as nervous, bizarre, annoying and spastic would come to mind.

And that's not even including that creepy dominant eye thing his does over his putts.

Asked about it Saturday at the Ryder Cup, Bradley acknowledged that he does get a lot of comments on the setup.

"I kind of equate it to a tennis player getting ready to receive a serve, how they're kind of bouncing around," Bradley said. "I can't just stand there and look at the shot.

"And I realize it's very strange and it's very awkward and it's way different than everybody else, but that's kind of what I do," he said. "It's a way for me to stay athletic and not stagnant.

"It has always been something that I've done and I feel comfortable doing."

Hey, whatever works. With his victory with partner Phil Mickelson Saturday morning, Bradley improved to 3-0, becoming first Ryder Cup rookie since Loren Roberts in 1995 to go 3-0.


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