US leads Europe after water-logged first day of Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) - After a long rain delay, the Americans

have rallied for a narrow Ryder Cup lead at the end of the first


None of the four matches was completed, but the U.S. team was

leading in two and all-square in another. Europe was leading one

match, a swing from the situation when play was halted at

midmorning because drenching showers made Celtic Manor unplayable.

Europe was ahead in three matches before a delay of more than

seven hours seemed to sap the home team's momentum. It also

prompted officials to make a drastic schedule change, hoping to

avoid the first Monday finish in Ryder Cup history.

There will be six alternating-shot matches in the second

session, followed by a third session with four foursomes and two

alternating-shot matches.