First pic of victory at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Report below from Ryder Cup.com
Europe have won The Ryder Cup by 14 ½ - 13 ½ after a day of tension and drama before Colin Montgomerie’s team came through at the death.
Ultimately it was Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who secured the winning point after a dramatic win over Hunter Mahan on the 17th but it came right to the wire.
In the top match, Europe’s talisman Lee Westwood was defeated 2 and 1 by Steve Stricker and the US immediately put another point on the board when Dustin Johnson comfortably beat US PGA Champion Martin Kaymer.
Ian Poulter put the first European point on the board with a win over Matt Kuchar by a 5 and 4 margin and then Rory McIlroy, in the second group out, secured a vital half with Stewart Cink.
Luke Donald then added another point with a final hole win over Jim Furyk and behind the tension was mounting. Miguel Angel Jiménez was magnificent in beating Bubba Watson but Ross Fisher struggled on the back nine to have his lead overturned and he was beaten by Jeff Overton 3 and 2.
Francesco Molinari came up against an inspired World Number One as Woods ran in five birdies and an eagle in a seven hole stretch from the ninth to win that match 5 and 3 to put the score at 13-11.
Four matches were left at that stage, Europe up in two and the US up in two with the target of 14 ½ points within reach.
But the drama was simply intensifying. Phil Mickelson added another point for the US and then Rickie Fowler somehow got a half from three down with three to play to get a half after birdieing each of the last four holes against Edoardo Molinari.
Harrington succumbed to Zach Johnson moments later and the scores were tied – 13 ½ - 13 ½ with just one match left on the course.
US Open Champion Graeme McDowell was the man charged with bringing the winning point home and he was sensational. The American’s battled so well but McDowell, in the very last match, held against Hunter Mahan to seal the victory and Europe had regained The Ryder Cup.
Golf, and sport, simply does not come any better.