Posted: Sep 30, 2012 7:22 PM by Bill Halter
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) - Wearing the image of the late Seve Ballesteros (SEH'-vee by-ehs-TEHR'-ohs) on their sleeves, the team from Europe roared back from a 10-6 deficit to beat the U.S. and win the Ryder Cup, 14 ½ to 13 ½.
The come from behind win matched the performance by the U.S. in 1999 when the Americans came back from the same deficit to win.
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal (oh-lah-THAH'-bul) squeezed his eyes and fought back tears when Martin Kaymer holed a 6-foot par putt to beat Steve Stricker and give Europe the point it needed to keep the cup.
Tiger Woods and Stricker failed to win a match in the three day event in suburban Chicago.
All Europe needed to keep the trophy was a tie. They built momentum by winning the first five singles matches.
It was a shocking finish for the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for only the third time since 1999.
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