It didn't take long for the 2012 Ryder Cup to have controversy.
On the par-3 second, Graeme McDowell's playing partner, Rory McElroy, hit his tee shot to the right of the green where it landed near a sprinkler head. McDowell requested relief, but American Jim Furyk didn't believe that the sprinkler head would effect McDowell's swing.
“We’re going to have to agree to disagree,” Furyk told McDowell.
The match was delayed for ten minutes while officials decided what was the right move. Eventually, the officials agreed with Furyk and McDowell was forced to chip onto the green. McIlroy missed the par putt and Brandt Snedeker saved par as the US won the hole to go one up.
The European team of McDowell-McIlroy got the last laugh as they topped the US team of Furyk-Snedeker, 1-up.