Magic of the Ryder Cup Essay

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Needing to claim eight points in the concluding singles to retain the trophy, Europe won six of the first eight encounters before Germany's Martin Kaymer secured the vital point to retain the Cup by beating Steve Stricker one up. After Stricker had coolly holed his par putt from eight feet at the last, Kaymer buried his five-footer for a matching par before thrusting his arms skywards in delight as European fans erupted with deafening cheers at Medinah Country Club. "It's undescribable," the German said after being swamped by his jubilant team mates as roars of "Ole, Ole, Ole" echoed across Medinah. "I was so nervous the last two, three holes. I loved it. It's amazing." With the chance of a tie resting on the final match, Tiger Woods astonishingly missed a three-foot par putt on the 18th green to halve his contest with Italy's Francesco Molinari, handing Europe outright victory. Europe, who sent out their best players early, emulated the miracle comeback achieved by the US at Brookline in 1999 when they also overhauled a deficit of 10-6 on the final day. "We believed in our hearts we could win this," said Englishman Luke Donald, who earned Europe's first point of the day in the opening match with a 2&1 win over Masters champion Bubba Watson. "It's been done before and we believed we could turn it around." The Europeans drew inspiration from their beloved Seve Ballesteros, who died last year aged 54 after a battle with cancer, with every player wearing the navy blue colours favoured by the Spaniard in the final rounds of tournaments. "Seve will always be present with this team," said a teary-eyed Olazabal, for whom his compatriot Ballesteros was both a friend and mentor. "He was a big factor for this event, for the European side. "Last night when we were having that (team) meeting, I think the boys understood that believing was the most

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