October 4th, 2010
01:23 PM ET

Europe beats U.S. to win Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrates his birdie putt on the 16th green.

Despite a valiant late rally from the Americans, it was Europe that claimed this year's Ryder Cup in a face-off that came down to Monday's final match. Europe's win came when Graeme McDowell birdied 16, hanging in just enough to beat out Hunter Mahan 3 and 1 in an anchor match. "There was a reason why he was put [in the final spot]," Ian Poulter said of McDowell. "He's the U.S. Open champion. He pulled it off."

The victory marked Europe's fourth consecutive win on home soil and the first time that the Ryder Cup ended on a Monday, thanks largely in part to the torrential downpours that periodically halted the action.

But credit has to be given to the American contingent for its efforts. The team managed to even the score after its youngest team member, Rickie Fowler, won the final three holes to halve his match with Italian Edoardo Molinari. That led the U.S. and Europe to square-off in the 12th and final singles match of the tournament. SEE COMPLETE COVERAGE on Golf.com.

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  1. Floria sigmundi

    I'm not a huge golf fan although my grandparents like it

    Checkout this video on YouTube


    October 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. okay

    Tiger Woods should have cheated again..maybe the the US would have won

    October 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Lmao "okay". I think Tiger uses stroids and he's getting older so the long term damage is surfacing. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger (or how you spell) Filming on his last couple of movies were often delayed because he couldn't remember his lines. Neither one of them. he-he

    October 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    are they in Europe? Dont they read CNN? Maybe that is why the US lost. They were afraid they didnt wear the right clothes or shoes this was evident since the rain gear failed

    October 5, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Tomcat....good one. This latest terror alert reminds me of how people here in my hometown behaved right after the Tower's came down. Official warnings were sounded concerning the possibility that the "terrorists" might have cells getting ready to use chemical weapons accross the country. The local hardware stores, wal-marts, etc. sold ALL of their duct tape enventory. People were actually duct-taping their windows shut! One man came home from work to find that his wife had wrapped their entire home in plastic sheets duct-taped together. Can you imagine this woman's reaction to this latest "travel alert"? Dillards would be sold out of anything euro if she were planning a European vacation for sure.

    October 5, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Isn't Tiger Wood's ex wife a European? Okay some American guy marries one of their women. Then proceeds to f 15 different American women. No other European women. He doesn't even include a Slovakian or French woman. They are both absolutely gorgeous.
    And ya wonder why the European men won?
    Is Slovakia part of Europe? If it isn't, it should be. They have the most beautiful women on the planet.

    October 5, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Nah Jim, Peruvian women are by far. Oplus Peruvian men look like vultures.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |