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Europe Win Ryder Cup In Comeback Sensation
Europe's golfers have produced the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history to beat the USA and retain the coveted trophy.
Martin Kaymer of Germany sealed a remarkable turnaround for the cup holders - who trailed 10-6 at one point - beating Steve Stricker in his pairing.
Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal dedicated the win to the late Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who died last year after suffering a brain tumour.
"I had a few thoughts for my friend Seve, this one's for him," he said, fighting back tears.
Europe's players wore the colours loved by Ballesteros, blue and white, and each had a silhouette of him on their sleeves.
"I have no doubt in my mind that he was with me today all day," said Spain's Sergio Garcia. "Because there's no chance I would have won my match if he wasn't there."
As holders, Europe needed a tie to retain the cup, but that looked unlikely going into the final day at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
However, the team dramatically won the first five singles games on Sunday to trigger the reversal of fortunes, and went on to beat the USA 14½ to 13½.
"This is indescribable," said Kaymer. "I was so nervous in the last two or three holes. Olazabal came up to me on the 16th and told me we needed my point to win the Ryder Cup. I loved that feeling. Loved it."
England's Luke Donald said: "We believed in our hearts we could win this. It's been done before and we believed we could turn it around."
Justin Rose, who birdied the last two holes to beat Phil Mickelson, said: "We are in shock.
"We wanted to believe, we really did want to believe, but we had no illusions of how hard that day was going to be. Four points against a team that's played so well all week."
Ian Poulter, who also won the last two holes to defeat Webb Simpson and make it four wins out of four this week, added: "Ollie said to us at the start of the week, the Ryder Cup is what memories and dreams are made of, and he's been awesome.
"I'm going to enjoy it, with the best team I've ever seen, and the best captain I've ever seen, and everyone else, because this right here is special."
Stunned American captain Davis Love said: "I would not have done anything differently. They played great.
"When you lose a (session) that badly it's going to cost you."
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