exciting home victory for europe in the ryder cup!

mcdowall and mahan. it all came down to them. young american fowler had finished an incredible comeback in the 18th hole, halving a seemingly lost matchup against one of the molinaro brothers to give his team mate mahan the chance to win it for the usa. or, in this case, to tie it up. a 14×14 tie means the holders keep the trophy, those are the ancient ryder cup rules.

martin kaymer was one of the rookies. the us open winner won 2,5 points for europe!

but mahan was not up to it, and mcdowall was. europe wins with the slightest of margins, 14.5 x 13.5; this is their 9th win in the last 13 editions, which is a surprising feat, since generally europe is considered to be the underdog, if you only go by world rankings. tiger woods, phil mickelson – they were all there. but they couldn’t do enough to beat europe and to retain a title for the first time since 1993, in this bi-annual event.

up to 1977, the ryder cup (first played as soon as 1927) was a competition between americans and brits. due to the second world war, only four editions were cancelled; every odd year besides those years have been ryder cup years in the golf calendar. up to 71, it was strictly inventors britain against pros usa. in 73, 75 and 77, the irish played with he brits, but even they failed to help: the usa only lost three times until 1977, and even when great britain became europe for the first time in 1979, there were still three defeats until he maiden victory in 1985. since then, it has been 9×4 for europe, and only one home match was lost (out of seven), but three away matches were won (out of six). europe’s supremacy leads to their 9×7 overall lead since they entered the competition to join the brits in 1979, and it will be a question of honor for the americans to strike back in 2012.

the smart ones will have noticed that this year is not an odd year, but there was still ryder cup action. well, the second exeption to the rule was in 2001, where the ryder cup should’ve taken place, but didn’t, for obvious reasons.

so now it’s another 2-year wait until next time. and even for those who don’t really like golf – ryder cup action is about as exciting as it gets, and it really is quite a great event and competition. young las vegan ricky fowler was able o shine, as well as old stars like lee westwood for europe.

europe won it with six rookies. and, at the end, it was current major holder macdowell who closed the deal.

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