He hit birdies
on the first and third holes but Ahmed hit back on the fourth to make it a three-shot deficit for the holder.
Jay Bayron, who groped for form with a 38 before play was stopped due to darkness on Thursday, hit two birdies
at resumption to save a 72.
She made seven birdies
against a lone bogey for an overall score of a 16-under 272.
The Englishman then needed two more birdies
in the remaining two holes to force the contest into the playoff after Fleetwood sunk another birdie
on the final hole to go 22-under.
Mickelson/Kuchar 2&1 Kaymer/Garcia Darren Clarke opted to split up the successful Spanish pairing of Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello and immediately saw new man Martin Kaymer, birdie
United States 5 Europe 2 Dustin Johnson & Matt Kuchar lost to Rory McIlroy & Thomas Pieters 3&2 UNBELIEVABLY Europe won the opening hole with a par only for Johnson to hit back with a birdie
at the next.
Beginning the second nine with a birdie
on a par- 5 first, which he reached in two, Lahiri added another on par- 4 second hitting his approach to six feet.
He made birdie
, I made birdie
, so it was quite tough and then on nine I made a great birdie
and he made a five and that was where it turned around for me and I knew I just had to keep going."
Holmes, needing a birdie
to win, laid up from 235 yards in the fairway and narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie
But the Swede could only look on as Ilonen holed from 12 feet for birdie
to move three ahead again, this time with just four holes left.
Hoey missed from four feet for birdie
on the par-five 14th, but quickly put that disappointment behind him with birdies
on the next two holes to take a lead he would not relinquish.
The world number 11 sank three birdies
and one bogey on the front nine but on the way back hit three bogeys and just one birdie
Donald chose not to attempt a five-foot birdie
putt to halve the ninth hole against American rookies Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton as darkness fell yesterday evening.
Kim, who began the day seven strokes off the pace, fired a final-round 65 to put himself in the hunt, hitting back-to-back birdies
at 13 and 14, making eagle at 15 and another birdie
Donald, seeking his first victory of 2007, fired one bogey and one birdie
on the front nine before sparking into life on the back nine.