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2010 Ryder Cup


Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie, 2010 Ryder Cup

Corey Pavin (left) and Colin Mongomeries, captains in the 2010 Ryder Cup, pose with the trophy.

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Final Score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5
Site: Celtic Manor, Twenty Ten Course, Wales
Captains: U.S. - Corey Pavin; Europe - Colin Montgomerie
The 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales got off an ominous start for Team USA, which was attempting to make its first successful defense since the 1993 Ryder Cup. In the driving rains at Celtic Manor, some American golfers had problems with their rainsuits getting weighed down by excess water. Some of the American players went into the clubhouse pro shop and bought replacement rain gear off the rack.

Weather caused delays throughout the tournament, leading to a change in schedule. Rather than two days of four foursomes/four fourballs, the 2010 Ryder Cup had to complete the opening fourballs on Day 2, followed by six foursomes; then played two foursomes and four fourballs on Day 3. The singles matches, usually played on the third and final day, were pushed back to a fourth day - a Monday finish.

The Sunday session - two foursomes and four fourballs - was dominated by Team Europe, 5-0-1.

So Team Europe took a 3-point lead into the Monday singles session, but the American side made a match of it in singles. One of the highlights for Team USA was Rickie Fowler's comeback against Eduardo Molinari. Molinari was dormie, 3-up with three holes to play, only to watch Fowler sink a series of great putts to halve the match. That half-point prevented Molinari from winning it for Europe.

Everything came down to Graeme McDowell's match against Hunter Mahan, which was the only match remaining on the course. If McDowell won it, then Europe would win the Cup. If Mahan halved it, the 2010 Ryder Cup would end in a tie and Team USA would retain the Cup. McDowell was 1-up with three holes to play, and made a great birdie putt on the 16th hole to go dormie, 2-up. When Mahan bogied the 17th hole, McDowell had a 3-and-1 victory, and Team Europe had the Ryder Cup again.

Luke Donald and Ian Poulter both sported 3-1-0 records for Europe, which pushed Donald's career Ryder Cup record at this point to 8-2-1. On the other side, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were both 3-1-0, but Phil Mickelson's 1-3-0 record meant that he became the all-time losingest American golfer in the Ryder Cup with 17 overall losses to this point.

Session 1 Results:

  • Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson, USA, 3 and 2
  • Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA, halved with Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell, Europe
  • Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods, USA, def. Ian Poulter/Ross Fisher, Europe, 2-up
  • Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, def. Luke Donald/Padraig Harrington, Europe, 3 and 2

Session 2 Results:

  • Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker, USA, def. Miguel Angel Jimenez/Peter Hanson, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan, USA, def. Edoardo Molinari/Franceso Molinari, Europe, 2-up
  • Jim Furyk/Rickie Fowler, USA, halved with Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, Europe
  • Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson, USA, 3 and 2
  • Ian Poulter/Luke Donald, Europe, def. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, 2 and 1
  • Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA, def. Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy, Europe, 1-up

Session 3 Results:

  • Luke Donald/Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods, USA, 6 and 5
  • Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlory, Europe, def. Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan, USA, 3 and 1


  • Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher, Europe, def. Jim Furyk/Dustin Johnson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Peter Hanson/Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, def. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, 1-up
  • Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, Europe, halved with Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA
  • Ian Poulter/Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler, USA, 2 and 1

Session 4 Results:

  • Steve Stricker, USA, def. Lee Westwood, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Stewart Cink, USA, halved with Rory McIlroy, Europe
  • Luke Donald, Europe, def. Jim Furyk, USA, 1-up
  • Dustin Johnson, USA, def. Martin Kaymer, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Matt Kuchar, USA, 5 and 4
  • Jeff Overton, USA, def. Ross Fisher, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, def. Bubba Watson, USA, 4 and 3
  • Tiger Woods, USA, def. Francesco Molinari, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Rickie Fowler, USA, halved with Eduardo Molinari, Europe
  • Phil Mickelson, USA, def. Peter Hanson, Europe, 4 and 2
  • Zach Johnson, USA, def. Padraig Harrington, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Hunter Mahan, USA, 3 and 1

Team USA Roster/W-L Records:

(Numbers in parentheses are the player's wins, losses and ties during the 2010 Ryder Cup.)

Phil Mickelson (1-3-0)
Hunter Mahan (1-2-0)
Bubba Watson (1-3-0)
Jim Furyk (0-2-1)
Steve Stricker (3-1-0)
Dustin Johnson (1-3-0)
Jeff Overton (2-2-0)
Matt Kuchar (1-1-2)

Captain's Picks
Tiger Woods (3-1-0)
Zach Johnson (2-1-0)
Stewart Cink (1-0-3)
Rickie Fowler (0-1-2)

Team Europe Roster/W-L Records:

(Numbers in parentheses are the player's wins, losses and ties during the 2010 Ryder Cup.)

Lee Westwood (2-1-1)
Rory McIlroy (1-1-2)
Martin Kaymer (2-1-1)
Graeme McDowell (2-1-1)
Ian Poulter (3-1-0)
Ross Fisher (2-2-0)
Francesco Molinari (0-2-1)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (2-1-0)
Peter Hanson (1-2-0)

Captain's Picks
Padraig Harrington (2-2-0)
Luke Donald (3-1-0)
Edoardo Molinari (0-1-2)

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