Europe Wins Ryder Cup in Historic Comeback

Martin Kaymer sinks crucial 6-footer to deliver the victory
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2012 6:04 PM CDT
USA's Tiger Woods walks off the course as Europe celebrates their win at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Europe has won the Ryder Cup, completing an improbable, historic comeback from a 4-point deficit. Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker on Sunday, and Tiger Woods missed from inside four feet to halve his match with Francesco Molinari. The Europeans finished with 14 1/2 points while the Americans had 13 1/2. When Kaymer rolled in the 6-footer to clinch the cup, he threw up his arms in triumph and shook his fists.

His teammates, surrounding the green and already on their feet, roared and began grabbing flags and hugging each other, fans—anyone and anything that was in reach. This was the first Ryder Cup since the death of Seve Ballesteros, Europe's greatest player. It was a brutal loss for the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for only the third time since 1999 after taking a 10-4 lead midway through yesterday afternoon's matches. But the Europeans rallied to win the final two, then built on the lead today by winning the first five matches.

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