Europe wins the Ryder Cup

October 1, 2012


Europe wins the Ryder Cup in a Dramatic Fashion

Europe’s Ryder Cup Team 2012  Captain Jose Maria Olazabal

Congratulations to Jose Maria Olazabal and his European team for retaining the Ryder Cup at Medinah. After being down 6-10 and inspired by Ian Poulter’s heroics, they made the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history to win 14.5-13.5 against a powerful US team. Martin Kaymer sealed the win by beating Steve Stricker 1 Up.

I was wrong to predict that the US team would win after their emphatic lead 10-6 on Saturday. It goes to show that in golf, the outcome is never predictable.  –Din Merican

Europe completes improbable comeback, wins Ryder Cup 2012

 By Nancy Armour, The Associated Press September 30, 2012 6:33 PM

MEDINAH, Ill. – Europe has retained the Ryder Cup, completing an improbable comeback from a 4-point deficit.

Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial 14th point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker. When Kaymer rolled in the 6-foot putt to clinch the match Sunday, he threw up his arms in triumph and shook his fists. His teammates, surrounding the green, roared and grabbed anyone within reach for a hug. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, watching from the middle of the fairway, closed his eyes and looked skyward.

Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari were still on the course, but the cup goes to the defending champions if the teams finish in a tie.

The European Ryder Cup Team- 2012

It was a shocking finish for the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for only the third time since 1999 after taking a 10-4 lead midway through Saturday afternoon’s matches. But the Europeans rallied to win the final two, then built on the lead by winning the first five matches Sunday.

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9 thoughts on “Europe wins the Ryder Cup

  1. Din.we were wrong.European was so strong in single.Two American player,Steve Sticker n J Fuynk really let the US team down.They were leading until 16 hole and they just let it go.This is Golf like politics.
    In golf, Hamid as you know, the outcome is never predictable. I enjoyed watching the Ryder Cup at Medinah on Golf Channel.–Din Merican

  2. Dato,
    Glad to hear that you are also glued on this event. Excellent sportsmanship shown by both team, somehow agreed with Pak Hamid on Steve Sticker & Jim Fuynk.
    You are golfer too. It is a great game which tests character and one’s ability to deal with adversity.–Din Merican

  3. I am just social golfer and I find our golfing industry is not well position compared to our neighbor like Indonesia & Thailand. Even Cambodia & Veitnam knows how to enhance this.
    Sadly to see a lot of inexperience imported lembik male caddies nowadays especially @ KGPA.

  4. The US captain made a strategic error. He did not put up his front line players against the top five Europeans who came out to play in that order.

  5. Din : an interesting sidebar is The Shriners – owners of Medinah golf club. Will an obscure masonry group based on Arabic cultural and religious icons + symbolisms be allowed in Malaysia?
    You know the answer, pal. They won’t even recognise Shias and what more this masonry group. –Din Merican

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