Europe Pull Off Mission Impossible As They Retain Ryder Cup

Europe Pull Off Mission Impossible As They Retain Ryder Cup

The European team recovered from 10-6 down to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah 13½ - 14½ on Sunday evening to secure one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

 

At one stage late on Saturday evening USA lead 10-4 but Englishmen Luke Donald and Ian Poulter produced some incredible golf to leave the Europeans with a glimmer of hope coming into Sunday, with Poulter birdieing the last 5 holes.

 

Poulter won all four of his matches in Chicago this week and has now won 12 points from a 15 available to him at the Ryder Cup, but it was left to German, Martin Kaymer, to hole a six foot putt in the penultimate group to beat Steve Stricker.

 

In one of the most dramatic finishes to a Ryder Cup match Kaymer made his par and secured victory for Europe, however had he missed it could have been so different. Back in the fairway Tiger Woods was one up on Francesco Molinari and after the Italian hit his tee shot into the bunker it looked as though Woods may have had the task of winning his country the Ryder Cup, but it was not too be. Molinari ended up making his par and Woods missed the green, failed to get up and down which meant Europe would leave Chicago victorious.

 

“Seve will always be present," European captain Olazabal told Sky Sports, who in the 1980s and 1990s lost only two of 15 games with Ballesteros as his partner and so mourned his death last year.

 

"Seve, it's the first time that he's not here with us at the Ryder Cup. I do have wonderful memories from my matches with him. He was a very special man and he's very close to my heart.

 

"He was a big factor for this event and last night when we were having a meeting I think the boys understood that believing was the most important thing."