Europe Wins Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup 2010Graeme McDowell saved Europe from what could have been a harrowing defeat in its own backyard, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final match of the Ryder Cup to give the Europeans a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over the Americans.

McDowell, the reigning US Open champion, birdied the 16th hole then watched Mahan crumble under pressure to lift the Europeans and bring the Ryder Cup back to Europe. Earlier, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Zach Johnson won their respective matches to erase a three-point Europe lead, paving the way for the thrilling final match.

Being the defending champion, the Americans only needed Mahan to halve the point with McDowell to retain the Cup, and it looked headed that way up until the fateful 16th hole. Facing a downhill putt, McDowell calmly rolled in for birdie from 15 feet to get enough breathing room. Mahan would fold in the 17th hole, allowing McDowell to snatch the victory without even bothering to sink his final putt.