US Open Champion Graeme McDowell sunk a clutch putt on 16 en route to defeating American Hunter Mahan.
The Europeans won 14 1/2 -13 1/2 to reclaim the cup won by the Americans at Valhalla two years ago.
Tiger Woods won, too, but wasn’t an American standout. That honor went to 21-year-old Rickie Fowler who brought the United States team back into contention after he won the final three holes to have his match with Edorado Molinari.
McDowell hung tough, however, and kept the Americans at bay in what could turn out to be one of the most watched Ryder Cups in recent memory, and one of the most exciting.
And while the Europeans nearly lost it, they earned a hard fought victory and enjoyed it, as evidenced by their celebration at the end.
McDowell was engulfed by his teammates on the green, but perhaps the biggest cheers were reserved for European captain Colin Montgomerie. One of Europe’s greatest Ryder Cup players, he now has a win leading the team in what he called the highlight of his career before the event even started. Via Yahoo Sports
Oh, and there were no reports of Tiger texting anyone. But, it probably happened.