Down by four points entering the final round, Europe rallied in the final 12 singles matches on Sunday at Medinah, Ill. Country Club, to win the Ryder Cup over the United States by one point.
Europe trailed, 10-6, after Saturday’s round. On Sunday, Europe won all by four of the 12 singles matches. One ended in a tie.
A big point Sunday came when England’s Luke Donald beat USA’s Bubba Watson, 2-1.
“It certainly helped having some local support,” Donald, who resides in Chicago, said. “It wasn’t totally going Bubba’s way. I felt a lot of love from the crowd, and just feel a lot of relief that that game is over. Bubba pushed me hard at the end there.”
Donald won four holes and shot 4 under. Watson won two holes and shot 2 under.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy beat Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1. McIlroy won five holes and shot 5 under. Bradley won three holes and shot 1 under.
Late-arriving McIlroy said, “I was just casually walking out of my hotel room and got a phone call saying you’ve got 25 minutes until you tee off. I’ve never been so worried driving to the golf course before. Luckily there was a state trooper outside who kind of gave me the escort to here, and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have got here in time.”
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie edged Brandt Snedeker, 5 and 3. Lawrie won seven holes and shot 5 under. Snedeker won two holes and shot even par.
South African-born Justin Rose beat Phil Mickelson, 1-up, and threw a punch straight into the air as soon as his putt hit the cup. Rose, who resides in England, had been down by one after 16 holes, then birdied 17 and 18. His point tied the score, 11-11.
Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari halved their singles match. It came down to the final putt. Woods attempted a 4-foot par putt but missed right. Woods was 0-3-1 at Medinah and 12-17-3 for his Ryder Cup career. Molinari, the Italian-born Londoner, is 0-4-2 in Ryder Cup matches.
England’s Ian Poulter went 4-0 at the Ryder Cup, beating Webb Simpson, 2-up.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia beat Jim Furyk, 1-up.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer edged Steve Stricker, 1-up.
England’s Lee Westwood beat Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2.
USA’s singles victories included a 3 and 2 win by Dustin Johnson over Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Dufner’s 2-up win over Sweden’s Peter Hanson, and Zach Johnson’s 2 and 1 victory over Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.
Dustin Johnson:, “Yeah, well, I tried not to look at the board all day today. I had a tough match. Nic is a great competitor. We both played really well all day long. You know, that putt on well, I stuffed it in there on 14 for eagle, and then that putt on 15 was huge.”
The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. In 2016, the Cup returns to the United States at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota. The next two will be 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris, France, and 2020 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.