At 10-4 down with two Saturday evening fourballs out on the course and twelve Sunday singles matches to come Europe looked dead and buried in the Ryder Cup contest at Medina Country Club. Victories for Eruope in the those last remaining fourball matches made it 10-6 to the US, and Europe merely needed to equal the greatest final day comeback in Ryder Cup history.
Gradually through that astonishing final day the impossible became merely improbable, then possible, then probable and finally materialised. When Lee Westwood won his singles match Europe were ahead 13-12, and were all square in two of the remaining matches, and as defending champions a 14-14 draw would be enough to retain the cup. One of the three closing games was firmly under US control, but when Martin Kaymer won the 17th hole in his match to go one up with one to play Europe were favourites for the first time since Friday morning. The US gained their expected point in the third-last match, to make it 13-13. When Tiger Woods won the 17th to go one up on Francesco Molinari the pressure was on Kaymer to win his match and settle it for Europe. Twenty-one years ago a German, Bernhard Langer, missed a five-footer on the 18th at Kiawah which would have retained the Ryder Cup for Europe, now, another German, Martin Kaymer faced a putt of the same length to retain the cup for Europe, and holed it. Woods then missed a short put moments later to give Molinari the final hole, a halved match and outright victory for Europe.
England’s men are out of the World T20, beaten comfortably by Sri Lanka, who therefore qualified for the semi-finals alongside the West Indies who had beaten New Zealand in a super-over eliminator after the main match finished tied. The Women’s team meanwhile are carrying all before them in their tournament.
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