Ryder Cup 2012: Europe beat USA after record comeback.Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup at a shell-shocked Medinah.The United States required only four-and-a-half points from the 12 on offer, but the Europeans secured eight and a half to clinch a historic 14½-13½ win.
Martin Kaymer sank a five-foot putt on the 18th blooming to get his aggregation to the 14 credibility bare to absorb the trophy.
Then a Tiger Woods bogey on the final blooming of the final bout able Jose Maria Olazabal’s ancillary all-embracing victory.
The arrive European captain said: “To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men reside and you fabricated me feel animate afresh this week.
The win matches the almanac accretion of Ben Crenshaw’s US aggregation in Boston in 1999 and is the best from a European ancillary in the Ryder Cup.
It was a applicable accolade to the backward Seve Ballesteros, the man who did so abundant to brace the antagonism and whose brand fleet dejected and white the ancillary wore on the final day in Chicago.
“Seve will consistently be present with this team,” said adolescent Spaniard Olazabal.
“He was a big agency for this event, for the European side. Endure night, if we were accepting a meeting, I anticipate the boys accepted that assertive was the a lot of important thing. And I anticipate they did.”
Kaymer captivated his assumption in the penultimate singles bout to exhausted Steve Stricker, accepting been accustomed some simple advice from Olazabal.
He said: “Jose Maria told me: ‘We charge your point. I don’t affliction how you do it, just deliver.’ But I like those, it was straightforward. That is the way we Germans are. Fortunately, I could handle it and I fabricated the endure putt.”
The German’s putt was the top point of an afternoon of hardly believable ball area Europe aboriginal clawed aback their brief arrears of four credibility and again akin their opponents point for nerve-shredding point.
Blows were traded down the stretch, one ancillary avaricious the action afore the added snatched it back, until it came down to the endure two matches on the final two holes.
Both were all-square, with all-embracing account bound at 13-13.
When Steve Stricker three-putted on the 17th, Kaymer had a one-hole lead. The German again fabricated a ablaze access from a alembic on 18, rolling home the cardinal putt as Stricker burst beneath the pressure.
It was larboard to Italian Molinari to allowance all-embracing victory, if he bisected his bout with Woods.
“When I knew I was advancing out last, I was absolutely blessed because I knew the guys would do a abundant job and it would appear down to the endure matches,” he said.
USA 13½-14½ Europe
Watson lost to Donald 2&1
Simpson lost to Poulter 2 up
Bradley lost to McIlroy 2&1
Mickelson lost to Rose 1 up
Snedeker lost to Lawrie 5&3
D Johnson beat Colsaerts 3&2
Z Johnson beat McDowell 2&1
Furyk lost to Garcia 1 up
Dufner beat Hanson 2 up
Kuchar lost to Westwood 3&2
Stricker lost to Kaymer 1 up
Woods halved with Molinari
“Martin did a abundant job and I just fought as harder as I could to get that endure point.”
For the aboriginal time in three days, Europe had appear charging out of the traps, Luke Donald traveling into an aboriginal two-hole advance over Bubba Watson and muting both his adversary and the army in the process.
With Justin Rose aswell two up on Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy captivation off the ahead angry Keegan Bradley and the abrupt Paul Lawrie demography aboriginal ascendancy adjoin Brandt Snedeker, there was an absolutely altered atmosphere about the advance than there had been on the aboriginal two biased days.
Donald had been asked to do what Colin Montgomerie had done in 2004 and win the aboriginal point of the day in style. And he did so on the 17th admitting a backward allegation from Watson.
McIlroy’s day had amorphous in amazing fashion, abashing over his tee time acceptation he was still at the aggregation auberge with just 25 account to go. Thanks to a badge escort, he eventually accomplished the advance 10 account afore he was due to tee off.
His action with Bradley was a see-saw classic, but he got his adenoids in foreground on the 14th and went two up on the 15th afore closing out with a continued putt on 17.
With Woods going one up on Molinari on 17, Kaymer had two putts for the Cup. And he somehow held his nerve as the shadows lengthened to seal an extraordinary triumph.
With the packed home galleries silent with disbelief, a dazed Woods then blew two putts from within eight feet to hand Molinari a half point and with it overall victory to the Europeans.
“The boys understood that believing was the most important thing and they did,” said Olazabal.
US captain David Love admitted defeat was hard to take and compared it to the loss Europe suffered at Brookline in 1999. “We know what it feels like now,” he said. “It’s a little bit shocking. We were playing so well.”