With the hosts needing just 4 Â½ points from a possible 12, everyone but those 12 Europeans believed Sunday was no more than an American parade cheer lead by celebrating Chicago fans. But in a remarkable turnaround of fortunes, Jose Maria Olazabalâ€™s men â€“ dressed in navy blue pants and white shirts adorned with a silhouette of Seve Ballesteros on the sleeve â€“ invoked the spirit of the great man to reinvigorate the team and climb the mountain needed to clinch victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Intense drama and suspense gripped the Medinah Country Club as the thriller reached a nerve busting climax with the teams all square in the final moments. It was left in the hands of four men locked in battle on the final two holes, not one of them had won a point this week, yet they carried the fortunes of their respective team in those gripping moments. Finally, the excruciating wait ended when Tiger Woods conceded the 18th hole to Francesco Molinari just moments after Martin Kaymer had ensured that the Ryder Cup would remain with Europe. Olazabalâ€™s men turned eternal heroes by overturning a 6-10 deficit to clinch victory 14 Â½ - 13 Â½.
Kaymer made an immense clutch putt for par on the 18th to register the title defending point for Europe by taking a one up victory over Steve Stricker. It circled an eight point turnaround that helped Europe gain a 14-13 lead, which meant the cup they won at Celtic Manor in 2010 would remain in their hands. It was a vital point for Europe considering that Woods was already one up on Molinari by the end of the 17th. Even as Molinari played with monk like calm on the 18th to get within four feet of the pin, Woods muffed twice after getting within eight feet of the pin. He conceded the bogey to ice the cake for Europe and hand them an outright victory.