Ryder Cup 2012 Flashback

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The Miracle at Medinah

At the start of the final day in Illinois, the United States team had the Ryder Cup in their hands. To say they let it slip through those hands, is an understatement along the lines of describing Jimmy Savile’s hands as ‘adventurous.’ 10-6 up needing just 4½ points to regain the trophy, America managed just three victories out of 12 on Singles Sunday, and when Tiger Woods graciously conceded at 18 to Francesco Molinari in the final match, Europe had only gone and won it outright.

Much was made in the immediate aftermath of the Seve factor, with captain and best mate José María Olazábal using the memory of the great man to inspire his men. It certainly inspired Ian Poulter, who made the move firmly into the ‘Ryder Cup legend’ category with his 2012 performance, winning all four of his matches, including an incredible tussle with Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner (alongside Rory McIlroy) late on Saturday night in the four-balls.

Having won the last two tournaments, Europe are understandably favourites at Gleneagles. Yet both those contests were won by narrow margins, and the Americans have subsequently had the edge in terms of the development of their younger players (McIlroy aside.) But at home, unbeaten since Tom Watson was last US skipper at the Belfry in 1993, we fancy a strong European performance. Back 15.5 vs 12.5 to Europe at a very pleasant 12 with Betfair. And then sit back and watch the best three days of competitive sport this autumn.

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