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Gleneagles 2014

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Friday

26.09.14

At 7.35am on Friday, September 26, 2014, the talking stopped and the golf began. And it was USA who started the fastest on a beautiful if breezy autumnal morning in fourballs. Two American pairings in particular bonded in a way that would have delighted Watson.

A phenomenal drive

Mickelson and Bradley were one down with three to play against McIlroy and Garcia but Bradley smashed a phenomenal drive to reach the green on the par-four 14th and then sank his eagle putt. A Mickelson birdie on the last and the Americans had a second point.

The Rookies

Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed who had not played together in the practice months, had already combined in spectacular fashion to inflict a rare Ryder Cup defeat on Europe’s talisman Ian Poulter, playing with Scottish rookie Stephen Gallacher.

The tables turn

Trailing 2 ½ -1 ½ after fourballs, Europe took control in the afternoon foursomes by winning three of four matches and halving the other. Only McIlroy and Garcia failed to register a win for Europe. It took a remarkable five-wood from the fairway rough on the 18th from Garcia to rescue a half against Walker and Fowler.

Europe 5 USA 3

Saturday

27.09.14

Saturday was Groundhog Day at Gleneagles. Once again, the morning fourballs were won by USA. And once again, the afternoon foursomes were almost a European whitewash.

Justin Rose brings his ‘A’ game

With Ian Poulter struggling again to inspire the Europeans, it was left to Justin Rose to carry on where he left off on Day 1. Rose was brilliant. He holed putts from everywhere. And it was his chip from the crowd on the par-five 16th that sealed the win.

American spirits soar

American spirits were soaring again thanks to Hunter Manahan and Jim Furyk, who were nine-under for the 15 holes they needed to account for Westwood and Donaldson, and Reed and Spieth, who became the first rookie pairing to win their opening two games since Paul Azinger and Chip Beck back in 1989.

The tide turns

Europe trailed early on but were all square with three to play. On the 16th, Reed somehow missed a two-footer for the win but Spieth’s brilliant tee-shot to the par-three 17th ensured they were one-up going to the last.

Europe 10 USA 6

Sunday

28.09.14

There was to be no miracle at Medinah, no get-even at Gleneagles. The USA made The Ryder Cup singles interesting, thrilling even, and for a while, the implausible seemed possible. But Europe’s big guns eventually fired and a rookie, Jamie Donaldson, had the honour of winning the point that gave the home side their eighth victory in 10 years.

McIlroy on fire

With Europe needing four points to retain the Cup, it was McIlroy, the world No 1, who posted the first. The 25-year old warmed to his task and by Sunday he was on fire. Against Rickie Fowler, he was five up after six holes and the match didn’t get beyond the 14th.

A thrilling last day

The USA were up in six of the games and down in only two and what had seemed forlorn was suddenly not forgone. However, McDowell was at the forefront to stop the European rot. Both Rose and Kaymer played stunning recovery shots from the gorse on the 13th that rolled to within “gimmie” range. It later emerged that McGinley had given all the caddies the yardage from that bush. He truly had thought of everything.

A match-winner

Europe needed just one more point and it turned out to be Welsh rookie Donaldson who put a 140-yard wedge to within 18 inches at the 15th to see off Keegan Bradley by 483. For the US a cohesive game plan is essential if they hope to win at Hazeltine 2016.

Europe 16.5 USA 11.5

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