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Europe claim superb win in Ryder Cup

Posted Dec 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

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There was only one thing on golfers’ minds in September and that was earning their spot on the Ryder Cup teams of the US and Europe. It was what dominated the headlines. We look back at what happened in September and October of the 2010 golf season.
There were four competitions on the European Tour in September and the first one, the Omega European Masters, saw the experienced Miguel Angel Jimenez qualify for the European team at the Ryder Cup. Martin Kaymer then showcased his form for the year once more by winning the KLM Open before Jose Manuel Lara took the Austrian Golf Open before John Parry won the Vivendi Cup.
Across the pond in the US, Charley Hoffman won the Deutsche Bank Championship, Dustin Johnson took the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk won again this time at the Tour Championship before Bill Haas took the Viking Classic.
Then it was the big one, the event everyone in the world of golf had been talking about. The Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.
The US were the holders having beaten Europe 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky and Europe were looking for revenge. And revenge they got.
The early stages of the competition were dominated by the US as a rain affected event was very stop start. At the halfway stage, the United States led 6-4 but then Ian Poulter produced a moment of magic, holing out from more than 20 metres, started the European fight back and following the third day, Europe had stormed into a 9.5-6.5 advantage.
Needing five points to win the prestigious competition, the US hit back themselves and some stunning performances from the likes of Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, saw the contest levelled at 13.5 each with just Graeme McDowell versus Hunter Mahan left out on the course.
G-Mac was having a year to savour and the Ryder Cup was no different. He’d already won at Celtic Manor this season and he held his nerve to hole the winning putt, taking his match three and one, earning Europe a thrilling 14.5-13.5 victory.
After this, Kaymer found himself with another win, taking the Alfdred Dunhill Links Championship before Richard Green won the Portugal Masters, Matteo Manassero won the Castello Masters and Graeme McDowell was victorious in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.
In the States, Heath Slocum won the McGladrey Classic, Rocco Mediate won the Open, Ernie Els continued his revival by winning the PGA Grand Slam, Jonathan Byrd hit a superb hole-in-one during a play-off to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals event and Ben Crane won the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia.

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