The Ryder Cup results are in, and Europe has been declared the victor in comeback fashion with a final score of 14.5 to USA’s 13.5. The weather was not conducive, and that could have affected the scores.
Even though the US team was unable to emerge victorious, they showed themselves at par with their competitor. In the end, it came to Graeme McDowell who played Hunter Mahan in the final singles match of the day and beat him to the last hole.
Hailed as one of the most thrilling Ryder Cups in recent years, Europe’s Captain Colin Montgomorie described the match as “the greatest moment of my golfing career”.
The winning team gave themselves a standing ovation and the same was afforded to the American Team, who were described as “great ambassadors for their country”.
Captain Corey Pavin, congratulated the European Team “for playing better than us – but only just”. A clearly moved Pavin also praised the “heart, resolve, sportsmanship and fine play” his 12 Team members had displayed in staging a stirring comeback on the final day, adding that he had been proud to captain the side, despite their narrow defeat.
At the closing ceremony, Phil Weaver, representative of Ryder Cup Europe, presented a silver engraved putter to Jim Remy, the President of the PGA of America, to mark the handover of The Ryder Cup from The Celtic Manor Resort to Medinah Country Club near Chicago, host venue for 2012.