Monday, 1 October 2012

Miracle of Medinah

What makes the Ryder Cup so unique is that it's the rare occasion where Europe agree and come together in sport as one against the Yanks. There was the home pressure on US shoulders coupled with the hope for the long awaited return of the Ryder Cup versus the pressure on certain European players to perform and the emotion's flowing through Olazabel as captain, a close friend of the late Seve Ballesteros. Who was going to buckle and who was going to claim the 39th Ryder Cup?

Day one and first blood drawn to the US finishing the day 5-3 up. Colsaerts player of the day with 8 birdies and an eagle!

Day two and another morning of foursomes and afternoon of fourballs whereby it was looking extremely challenging for Europe finishing 10-6 down. Ian Poulter shining some light!

Day three and the final day. All the US team needed were 4 and a half more points to win whereas the Europeans had an enormous challenge to even get on par. Sunday's singles started bizarrely for "Snory" Rory McIllroy pitching up in a police car ten minutes before his tee off time. Apart from that, straight talking Donald opened with a winning scorecard for the Europeans allowing his fellow Englishmen to follow suit through Poulter and Rose. Lawrie who had been under par so far, showed his experience and class winning comfortably from Snedeker. Decibels started to escape the Chicago crowds "U-S-A" chants and everything got a little bit more tense. Was it time to believe? Could this be happening? The match had reached 10 a piece. Solid scoring from the Johnson's and Dufner tipped the balance back over but sassy Sergio had nicked it off trusty Furyk on the last! All hope lay with Kaymer. Could the not in form German hold his nerve and sink his second putt on the 18th and of course, he nailed it! Europe had retained the Ryder Cup. At this point they had thought it was all over but it wasn't quite yet the final singles finishing all square and Europe had WON THE RYDER CUP!

Watson v Donald 2&1
Simpson v Poulter 2UP
Bradley v McIlroy 2&1
Mickelson v Rose 1UP
Snedeker v Lawrie 5&3
3&2 D Johnson v Colsaerts
2&1 Z Johnson v McDowell
Furyk v Garcia 1UP
2UP Dufner v Hanson
Kuchar v Westwood 3&2
Stricker v Kaymer 1UP
Woods A/S Molinari
Final score = Europe 14 and a half vs. USA 13 and a half.

Unbelievable comeback from Europe and a devastating loss for Davis Love III and his men! A golf encounter full of beers, cheers and plenty of tears! Roll on Gleneagles 2014 and may the Seve spirit live on!

Ola Ola Ola Olaaaa!

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