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Europe retains Ryder Cup
Europe came through in their singles to win the 40th Ryder Cup 16 ½ -11 ½ against the United States at Gleneagles, sparking scenes of wild celebration from fans.
Captain Paul McGinley’s side were ruthless as they led 10-6 heading into the final day and reached the 14 ½ needed outright retain the Ryder Cup when rookie Jamie Donaldson overcame Keegan Bradley 4&3.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy drew first blood with a 5&4 win against the impressive Rickie Fowler, before fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell roared back from three down to put Jordan Spieth to the sword 2&1.
Martin Kaymer sent Europe’s vocal supporters into raptures when he chipped in on 16 to defeat Bubba Watson, and then Justin Rose battled back from four down to take the spoils against Hunter Mahan and take Europe to within half a point.
Donaldson was playing his 10th match in the Ryder Cup and sealed the win against Bradley with a stunning approach to the 15th green, sparking scenes of jubilation in the Perthshire hills.
"I'm very proud of every one of these players. I couldn't have asked for an ounce more from them. I've been involved in so many Ryder Cups and seen mistakes we've made,” McGinley told BBC Sport.
"I've changed things a bit, bringing in the fifth vice-captain has been a factor in helping to prepare the guys, especially in the afternoon sessions, but we have had 12 players who have been awesome."
Europe has now won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups, while the US has not recorded an away win since 1993.
"I can't say enough about our captain," said world number one McIlroy. "Paul McGinley has been immense. I'm so glad it's worked out for him."
US Captain Tom Watson was seeking retribution for Medinah two years ago when Europe came back from 10-6 down to win 14 ½ -13 ½ on the final day, but his side were second best and unable to find many gaps in Europe’s armour.
"They have a wonderful team, but we came in here thinking we could beat them," said Watson. "Turns out we couldn't."
Europe never looked in too much danger of squandering their lead and won the singles session 6½-5½ on a triumphant afternoon at Gleneagles.