How The 2012 Ryder Cup was won Part One: The Results

So it is over and Team Europe have claimed back the Ryder Cup in the most dramatic fashion possible and without doubt following the greatest comeback in the history of golf, perhaps in the history of Sport itself.

Let’s take a look at the key moments from three days of thrilling action and look at how the 2012 Ryder Cup was one as part of a comprehensive Gorilla Golf review of all the results from the tournament.

Day One: Foursomes (US Pairings First)

1. Jim Furyk & Brandt Snedeker v Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell – Europe win by one hole

2. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley v Luke Donald & Sergio Garcia – USA won 4&3

3. Jason Dufner & Zach Johnson v Lee Westwood & Francesco Molinari – USA won 3&2

4. Steve Stricker & Tiger Woods v Ian Poulter & Justin Rose – Europe won 2&1

Day One: Fourballs

1. Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson v Paul Lawrie & Peter Hanson –USA won 5&4

2. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley v Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell – USA won 2&1

3. Steve Stricker & Tiger Woods v Lee Westwood & Nicolas Colsaerts – Europe won 1 up

4. Matt Kuchar & Dustin Johnson v Justin Rose & Martin Kaymer – USA won 3&2

End of Day One: USA 5  Europe 3

 

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (above) were particularly dominant for Team USA on the opening day, winning both their morning foursomes and afternoon fourball matches comfortably with some of the finest golf displayed by any of the pairings on what was an impressive opening day for the hosts. Europe’s only consolation was despite wilting under a barrage of American birdies and some inspired play, they ended the session just two behind, when in reality, it could have been considerably more.

Day Two: Foursomes

1. Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson v Justin Rose & Ian Poulter – Europe won 1 up

2. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley v Lee Westwood & Luke Donald – USA won 7&6

3. Jason Dufner & Zach Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts & Sergio Garcia – USA won 2&1

4. Jim Furyk & Brandt Snedeker v Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell – USA won 1 up

Day Two: Fourballs

1. Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson v Justin Rose & Francesco Molinari – USA won 5&4

2. Matt Kuchar & Dustin Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts & Paul Lawrie – USA won 1 up

3. Tiger Woods & Steve Stricker v Sergio Garcia & Luke Donald – Europe won 1 up

4. Jason Dufner & Zach Johnson v Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter – Europe won 1 up

End of Day Two: USA 10 Europe 6

 

America’s dominance of the event continued into day two as the home side almost swept the board in the morning foursomes. Once again Bradley and Mickelson were imperious, winning by a joint-record 7&6 in their match with Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. Ian Poulter was Europe’s best player on the day, winning their single point in the foursomes and then earning a precious point with a superb comeback win over Dufner and Z.Johnson in the final fourballs making the overnight score USA 10, Europe 6. The home side were in complete control and dominated over the two days, leaving Europe needing nothing short of a miracle to turn this around on Sunday afternoon.

Day Three: Singles

1. Bubba Watson v Luke Donald –  Europe wins 2&1

2. Webb Simpson v Ian Poulter – Europe wins 2 up

3. Keegan Bradley v Rory McIlroy – Europe wins 2&1

4. Phil Mickelson v Justin Rose – Europe wins 1up

5. Brandt Snedeker v Paul Lawrie – Europe wins 5&3

6. Dustin Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts –USA wins 3&2

7. Zach Johnson v Graeme McDowell – USA wins 2&1

8. Jim Furyk v Sergio Garcia –Europe wins 1 up

9. Jason Dufner v Peter Hanson – USA Wins 2 up

10. Matt Kuchar v Lee Westwood – Europe Wins 3&2

11. Steve Stricker v Martin Kaymer – Europe wins 1up

12. Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari – All Square

Final Score: United States 13.5 v Europe 14.5

In without doubt one of the most incredible sporting comebacks of any year, Team Europe have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a stunning last day comeback, winning eight of the final day singles matches and sharing another to win back the Ryder Cup in the most dramatic of fashion.

(All Pictures Courtesy of Team Europe and Team USA Ryder Cup Facebook Pages)

 

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