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Ryder Cup 2012 Recap

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: October 5th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The 2012 Ryder Cup recently wrapped-up from Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb just outside of Chicago.  The course was set-up with low rough and fast greens, allowing for lots of birdies and lots of excitement, which is exactly what the golfers provided.  Upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 fans, from all over the Chicagoland area, the United States, and Europe, came to Medinah every day to support golf’s biggest event, creating one of the loudest atmospheres golf has ever seen.  The United States team, led by captain Davis Love III, and the European team, led by captain Jose Maria Olazabal, battled it out for three days, with a stunning finish occurring during the Sunday singles matches.

The Friday matches began in the morning with 4 Foursomes (alternate shot) matches.  The U.S. and European teams split the opening set of matches 2 apiece, highlighted by Americans Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeating Europeans Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia 4 and 3, and Europeans Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell defeating Americans Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker 1 up.  The Americans dominated Friday afternoon’s Four-Ball matches, taking 3 of the 4 matches to lead the event 5 points to 3 following the first day.  Mickelson and Bradley were fan favorites on Friday afternoon as well, defeating McIlroy and McDowell 2 and 1.  The American pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker lost both of their Friday matches.

The Saturday morning Foursomes matches began with a bang again from the Americans, with Bubba Watson hitting his opening drive to screaming American fans.  Ian Poulter of Europe countered that by having the fans cheer while he hit his tee shot as well.  The U.S. took 3 of the 4 opening matches on Saturday morning, punctuated by a 7 and 6 win by Phil  Mickelson and Keegan Bradley over Europeans Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.  Mickelson and Bradley finished the week 3-0 as a team.  The Saturday afternoon Four-Ball matches produced some of the most stirring, passionate golf seen in years.  Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, along with Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar won the first 2 afternoon matches for the U.S. giving them a commanding 10 point to 4 point lead.  The European teams of McIlroy and Poulter and Garcia and Donald mounted furious comebacks in their matches to win them both 1 up on the 18th green, cutting the American’s lead to 10-6 heading into Sunday’s singles matches.  Poulter put on a show birdying his last 5 holes to rally his team.  The Woods/Stricker loss to Garcia and Donald made them 0-3 as a team for the week.

The Sunday singles matches began with the U.S. holding a comfortable 10-6 lead and needing only 4 ½ points out of the 12 singles matches to win the Ryder Cup from the defending Europeans.  The American fans were loud and raucous at the start of the day, excited for what surely looked like would be a large American victory.  Those cheers soon silenced as the Europeans, led by Donald, Poulter, McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Paul Lawrie won the first five matches of the day, eliminating the U.S. lead of four points.  American victories by Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, and Jason Dufner once again put the Ryder Cup in reach for the U.S.  However, two missed putts by Jim Furyk on 17 and 18 allowed Sergio Garcia to win the 13th point for Europe, meaning they needed only one more to retain the cup.  The U.S. hope came down to Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the last two matches, needing a win and a halved match to win the cup.  Sticker came to the 18th 1 down to Europe’s Martin Kaymer.  Stricker was unable to win the hole and Kaymer’s par putt retained the Ryder Cup for Europe, setting-off a massive celebration for the European team and European fans.

For the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup, a team rallied back from a 4-point deficit on foreign soil in the singles matches.  The Europeans became only the second team to ever rally from 4 points down on a Sunday at the Ryder Cup, joining the American team from 1999 at Brookline.  The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club will truly go down in history as one of the greatest Ryder Cup’s in history.  Depending on which media outlet you listen to, the event is being called either the “Miracle at Medinah,” or the “Meltdown at Medinah.”  Either way, the golf world should be in-store for another spectacle in 2014 when the Ryder Cup is played again at Gleneagles, Scotland!

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