Europe beat USA 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 on an epic final day at Gleneagles. Jamie Donaldson gave Europe the point needed to win the cup.
The day started well for America with the lead in four of the first six matches. However McIlory and Kaymer had established a considerable lead over their American opposition respectively at the end of the front nine to almost guarantee a further two points.
Europe required only four points to retain the cup and four and a half to win it from the twelve Sunday singles. McIlroy won a convincing 5&4 over Ricky Fowler to edge Europe closer. However Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson claimed wins to retain hope.
It was the opening match typified the day (and the week) – the Americans started strong and with intent but faded. McDowell 3 down after the front nine reversed the deficit in short time to give Europe momentum. His excellent up and down at the par-3 17th gave Europe another point.
Martin Kaymer chipped in at 16 for a 4&2 win over Bubba Watson and Justin Rose snatched a dramatic half point off Hunter Mahan who had been 4up at one stage.
Europe needed just one more point to win. It looked to be coming from rookie Jamie Donaldson who had won two holes in a row to move 4up on Keegan Bradley with five to play. When Bradley failed to birdie 14 the golfing world stopped to watch Donaldson attempt to win the Ryder Cup. The putt missed.
Thousands scampered to the 15th where victory would shortly proceed. With Bradley 25 feet from the hole in two Donaldson hit the shot of the week. Under the pressure of 45,000 spectators at Gleneagles and European golf fans across the continent he hit his approach to little over a foot.
The crowd went wild as he almost certainly claimed a third European Ryder Cup victory in succession. As Bradley approached the green he soon saw how close Donaldson’s ball was to the pin. He conceded the hole, the match and the Ryder Cup.
The party began and Europe ran out comfortable winners. Jimmy Walker capped off an impressive debut by beating Lee Westwood for a final American win of the day. But elsewhere Dubission and Poulter halved matches with Johnson and Simpson respectively and Garcia beat Furyk to complete a 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 success.