Having trailed 10-4 late on Saturday evening, Europe completed the most unlikely of comebacks to beat the USA on a 14.5 to 13.5 scoreline.
Going into the final day’s singles with the score 10-6, the Unite States were an unbackable 1/33 with the bookmakers, with the defending champions an amazing 14/1 in a two horse race to retain the Samuel Ryder Cup.
Iconic (American) golf coach Butch Harmon (who coached Tiger Woods to his first eight Major titles) said afterwards: “I think this is the greatest day I have ever seen in Ryder Cup golf. Yes, in 1999 the Americans came back from 10-6 down on the final day at Brookline, but they were at home.
“For Europe to come over here on this golf course, against this American team, I think it’s the greatest feat in Ryder Cup history. I thought at the start of the day that there was no chance of Europe making a comeback. I thought the USA would win easily on Sunday and I was totally wrong.”
Europe needed to take eight points from the final day’s (12) singles matches to tie the match and retain the trophy as defending champions. They ended up taking 8.5 points to win the trophy outright with Donald, Poulter, McIlroy, Rose, Lawrie, Garcia, Westwood and Kaymer all winning on the final day.
Kaymer sank an eight foot putt on 18 which meant that Europe retained the trophy while Tiger Woods conceded a share of the spoils against Francesco Molinari on the last to give Europe the extra half point required to take the trophy outright.
Star of the show was undoubtedly Ian Poulter who was the only player to win all four points from the four matches he competed in (including foursomes and fourballs) and the momentum provided by his encouragement and passion helped see Europe to a fourth win on American soil.
World number one; Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy beat the previously unbeaten Keegan Bradley, though he only made his tee off time with barely ten minutes to spare as he got “confused over time zones.” At the end of an amazing day, European team captain José Maria Olazabal proceeded to present the 23 year-old with a giant clock to help with his timekeeping in the future!
Final word of the day was left to Olazabal, who twice won the US Masters and who weepily referred to his mentor, Seve Ballesteros who died last year, by saying: “This is the greatest day of my career. I think my friend Seve was looking down on us today. We did it for you.”