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The Ryder Cup Review

3 October 2012

Everyone here at Caddyshack Rentals would like to congratulate EUROPE for their nail-biting victory against the USA at this weekend’s Ryder Cup.

In a weekend full of outstanding play and possibly the biggest turnaround in Ryder Cup, if not golfing history, Europe demonstrated an unstoppable desire and passion going into the final day 10-6 down to secure a remarkable 13.5–14.5 win over America.

USA started the campaign with real gusto. With the (deafening) crowd behind them they wrapped up day one 5-3 ahead. It wasn’t all plain sailing though with Tiger Woods’ first shot being possibly his career worst. He did pull it back on the back nine but Europe’s Ian Poulter and Justin Rose were too much for Tiger and Steve Stricker in this foursome and Europe took the point.

It was all change in the afternoon; after Woods and Stricker went on to lose their afternoon match too, the partnership of Phil Mickleson and newcomer Keegan Bradley had an outstanding round taking the maximum 2 points off Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

Day 2 started with more of the same, with the USA taking the lead and Europe left playing catch up. The hope of taking the title was slipping out of Europe’s hands but one player refused to give in. As the sun set on the Medinah Country Club Ian Poutler re-energised Team Europe and their supporters with a breath-taking 5 consecutive birdies bringing him and his pairing Rory McIlroy from 2-down after 12 holes to a 1-up victory.

Poulter’s play gave Europe the glimmer of hope they needed and even though they started Sunday 10-6 down you couldn’t help feel Europe went into the final days play with a point to prove. Luke Donaldson make it clear from the get-go that the USA still had a match on their hands going 2 up after the first 2 holes. The message passed through the ranks and, led by example, Europe came out fighting.

After some amazing performances from the front half of the pack, winning the all of the first five games, confirmation Europe would retain the Ryder Cup came from the penultimate pairing when Martin Kaymer sunk his putt on the 18th to obtain that critical 14th point. Whether the match was declared a draw or a seemingly unfathomable European win came down to the final pair, on the final hole when Tiger Woods who failed to sink the putt to call a draw, conceded the hole, finishing all square with Francesco Molinari and handing Europe the win.

Caddyshack Rental’s Man of the Match goes to Ian Poutler – whose run of play on Saturday set Europe for one of the most memorable Ryder Cup victories. Ever.