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U.S. Team melts down, Europe wins the Ryder Cup



By Zak Kozuchowski

GolfWRX Managing Editor

The U.S. Ryder Cup Team suffered one of the worst meltdowns in Ryder Cup history, losing eight of the 12 Singles Matches on Sunday to hand Team Europe a 14.5-13.5 victory at the 39th Ryder Cup.

The U.S. Team led by as much as a six-point margin on Saturday, although Europe closed the day with two wins to make the score 10-6 entering Sunday. The U.S. needed only 4.5 points at Medinah on Sunday to win the Ryder Cup, but key losses by Phil Mickelson to Justin Rose, Jim Furyk to Sergio Garica and Steve Stricker to Martin Kaymer earned Europe its fourth Ryder Cup win in the last five Ryder Cup Matches.

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  1. mstatedogs

    Oct 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    If this is not a melt down I’d hate to see what is. We had this Cup in our hands. I dont like the order DL3 picked for Sunday nor his captains picks! We lost it. Period

  2. Peter UK

    Oct 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I thought Phil showed real class on the 16th as did Davis. Poulter must live for the Ryder cup, what a game.


    Oct 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Not a meltdown just a great batlle with some spectacularly feisty performances. What a game!!!!!

  4. James

    Oct 1, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Superb Europe victory. It certainly was ‘Seve inspired’ Have to agree with above comments. No Fowler or Mahan????Those guys had guts at Celtic Manor last time.
    Phil Mickleson a true gentleman, Thumbs up and applauding Justin Rose when he followed his putt in on the 16th. A nice touch from a nice guy.
    Jose Maria has to stay captain!!!!!
    James UK.

  5. jon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Europe won. All 24 players gave their all for 3 days. And I was lucky enough to see most of it live on TV. I hope I can watch it live someday. I have only played this game for a short time and never played at a high level in this sport but I could feel the emotions of the players as they made or missed a shot starting on Friday. I was pulling for USA, and screaming (swearing) every time the ball lipped out or burned the edge. I was reminded all weekend of what makes GOLF enjoyable and agonizing. Just my take

  6. tom

    Sep 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    What Matt said

  7. Matt

    Sep 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Stricker and Furyk combined go 1-7. Not good picks – should have taken Fowler and Mahan. This is a young man’s sport now.

    • Graphiteti

      Sep 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Agreed, Fowler went 3-1 as a captains pick when he was less experienced and win less on Tour. Jason Dufner continues to impress me with his on course demeanor he looks cool and calm but their is a quiet intensity also.

      • Rob

        Oct 1, 2012 at 2:38 am

        Rickie went 0-1-2 in the last Ryder Cup.

        • graphiteti

          Oct 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

          My mistake, your correct and that is still better than Furyk’s 0-2-1 in 2010.

          Fowler may not have done any better but Furyk was a suspect pick this year as he has had a couple meltdowns coming down the stretch and his past Ryder Cup record is poor.

  8. Adam

    Sep 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hunter Mayhan is sitting somewhere right now laughing.

  9. gus

    Sep 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Europe lost so many matches on Friday and Saturday mainly due to poor putting within 10 feet. Today was American’s turn often giving away holes when it should have been halved.

    It may seem like home field advantage but when you start the day in a dominant position you’re expected to win while the Europeans played like they have nothing to lose and everything to play for.

    American’s didn’t play with the same aggressiveness they did over the first two days. It looked more like playing not to lose rather then playing to shut up shop early.

    I don’t think golfers are suited to playing the crowd like other team athletes are – a bit embrassing to see Bubba asking the crowd to step up on his first tee shot then proceeding to pulling it right. Soon after he was down to Donlad and pretty much never recovered….

  10. Luis

    Sep 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This is the first Ryder cup I ever see,
    I´m new to Golf, but call this a meltdown
    it´s not fair, what a magnificent shots
    I see today, this 24 boys did a good job
    for the game I loved.

    Thanks Seve. (Portugal)

  11. T

    Sep 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    It was not a meltdown. Europeans played fantastic, so did US. The cup was won by Europe, not lost by US. Best afternoon of golf ever. Margins as minute as Furyks lip out on16 wins or looses the cup. I felt in the end it did not really matter which side won. Epic.


  12. Bamburo

    Sep 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Long live the spirit of Seve!.
    Congrats to Europe, what a comeback.
    My respect to Davis Love, a true gentleman while they were smashing Europe and a true gentleman in defeat.

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Tony Romo shot a 5-over 77 at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback bogeyed the par-4 13th. He double bogeyed the par-5 14th. He bogeyed 15. He bogeyed 16. That’s 5 over in a four hole stretch.

If you’re tallying at home, however, you realize Romo was even par for the rest of his round. Indeed, after opening with back-to-back bogeys, he birdied the fourth and fifth holes to get back to even par. He was even through 12 holes, in fact. All of which is pretty good for a scratch-golfing former football player.

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“I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn’t commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you’re just trying to make par. I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week.”

“I really hit some good shots, and I’m close. I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that’s golf.”

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