Europe produced an historic final-day comeback to beat the USA 14½ to 13½ at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago to retain the Ryder Cup. Trailing 10-6 going into the final day, a European victory looked about as likely as John Daly releasing a fitness DVD. However Jose Maria Olazabal’s team has a ‘never say die’ attitude, and when Martin Kaymer putted from five foot on the 18th green to put Europe on 14 points the trophy was retained. Yet there was still time for a final twist. Tiger Woods hit a bogey on the hole, blowing the Americans hope of a draw and handing an outright victory to Europe.
Jose Maria Olazabal, the European captain, could not contain his joy as he proclaimed “To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week. I don’t know how heaven feels, but it must be close to this.”
The European team performed brilliantly against the strong American favourites. None more so than Ian Poulter who won all 4 of his matches. Below are each players match stats from the European Team:-
- I Poulter – Matches 4. Won 4 Lost 0.
- R McIlroy – Matches 5. Won 3 Lost 2.
- J Rose – Matches 5. Won 3 Lost 2.
- L Donald – Matches 4. Won 2 Lost 2.
- S Garcia – Matches 4. Won 2 Lost 2.
- L Westwood – Matches 4. Won 2 Lost 2.
- M Kaymer – Matches 2. Won 1 Lost 1.
- P Lawrie – Matches 3. Won 1 Lost 2.
- N Colsaerts – Matches 4. Won 1 Lost 3.
- G McDowell – Matches 4. Won 1 Lost 3.
- F Molinari – Matches 3. Won 0 Lost 2 Halved 1.
- P Hanson – Matches 2. Won 0 Lost 2.
For American captain David Love the fact that defeat was delivered on the brink of victory will be difficult to take. Referring to when Europe lost to the same margin at Brookline in 1999, Davis Love said. “We know what it feels like now. It’s a little bit shocking. We were playing so well.” True Mr Love, but as the old saying goes, ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings’ and Europe kept going until the very end and triumphed against the odds. Seve would have been proud.