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Europe wins Ryder Cup with a historic comeback

Team Europe golfer Kaymer celebrates winning his match against U.S. golfer Stricker Photo: Jeff Haynes / Reuters

Europe tonight pulled off a great escape by beating the USA to retain the Ryder Cup.

What looked mission impossible when Europe trailed 10-4 at one point late last night suddenly became possible after they dramatically won the first five singles games and then picked up further points from Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

That put Jose Maria Olazabal's side13-12 up and as the holders they needed only a tie to retain the cup. Yet they ended up winning 14.5 -13.5

Three games were still on the course. Peter Hanson lost the first of them on the final green, but Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari had it in their power to retain the famous gold trophy.

And Kaymer, left out all day on Saturday, was the one to deliver the point they required to match the biggest comeback in the event's history.

Kaymer celebrates winning his match against U.S. golfer Stricker to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe Credit: Jeff Haynes / Reuter

He was up against Steve Stricker. Level with two to go, the American bogeyed the short 17th after hitting his chip far too strongly.

Kaymer, bunkered off the final tee, found the green and had two putts for it once Stricker missed his long birdie attempt.

U.S. golfer Stricker walks off the 18th green after losing his match to Team Europe golfer Kaymer Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters

He gave himself and his team-mates palpitations when he sent his first one six feet past, but 21 years on from compatriot Bernhard Langer missing from the same distance to lose at Kiawah Island Kaymer made the one back and sparked jubilant scenes.

Moments before Molinari had fallen one down to Tiger Woods by bogeying the 17th himself, but suddenly it did not matter. The cup was going back across the Atlantic.

Kaymer celebrates winning his match against U.S. golfer Stricker to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe Credit: Mike Blake / Reuters

They played on, however, and when Woods bogeyed he conceded Molinari's par putt - a move that gave Europe their fifth win in the last six games.

They won the 12 singles by a simply stunning 8 1/2-3 1/2 margin.

Kaymer said: "It's a feeling I've never had before. Bernhard helped me so much, just to sit me down and talk about it.

"Now I know how it feels to win the Ryder Cup."

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