Leonard uses break to rest up for singles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Justin Leonard's undefeated record through the first three matches of the Ryder Cup wasn't enough to convince U.S. captain Paul Azinger to play Leonard during Saturday's afternoon four-ball.


Leonard and Hunter Mahan rolled to a 3-0-0 record through the first three rounds, and Azinger sent Mahan back out for the afternoon matches. Mahan joined Phil Mickelson as the only American players to play in the first four matches.

"I told Zinger, you know, I felt like I had some more in the tank," Leonard said. "I wasn't sure how much. And I think he wants me to be ready for (today)."

PAYNE'S SON: Azinger had a special guest in his cart late Saturday afternoon -- Aaron Stewart , the 19-year-old son of the late Payne Stewart , who was Azinger's best friend on tour.

Stewart died in a plane crash six weeks after helping the U.S. to its last Ryder Cup victory, in 1999 at Brookline.

TICKED TIGER: Michael Jordan knows how tense things can get during competition. So he playfully offered a massage to European captain Nick Faldo on Friday.

Jordan, who regularly attends the event, said the move didn't sit well with Ryder Cup regular Tiger Woods .

"He texted me when I was massaging (Faldo)," Jordan said of the world's top player, who was watching at home. "He said 'Get your hands off him and choke him instead of massage him.' "

BOO ARE YOU? Becoming one of the early U.S. heroes of this Ryder Cup hasn't made Boo Weekley a recognizable face.

When Weekley attempted to duck under a rope and head into the clubhouse, a security guard stopped him and asked Weekley for his credentials.

Weekley, wearing a blue U.S. Ryder Cup team jacket, tan slacks and a blue cap with his name on the back, looked to nearby reporters for some help. The embarrassed guard let him in.



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