2014 Ryder Cup: Comfortable Win for Europe

Europe Defeats USA by score of 16.5 to 11.5

Europe celebrates winning 2014 Ryder Cup
Members of Team Europe hoist captain Paul McGinley (holding the Ryder Cup) in celebration. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Team Europe won the Ryder Cup again, this time by a comfortable 16.5 to 11.5 final score against Team USA. That result makes the overall Ryder Cup record 25 wins for USA, 13 wins for Europe (including the previous Great Britain/Great Britain & Ireland teams) and two ties.

But it was the third consecutive victory for Europe and its sixth in the last seven Ryder Cups. Since 1985 through this year's Cup, Europe had 10 wins to the USA's four (with one tie).

Justin Rose (3-0-2) earned four points to lead Europe. Jamie Donaldson and Henrik Stenson both won three points, and Graeme McDowell (3-0-0) and Victor Dubuisson (2-0-1) were unbeaten for Team Europe. Rookie Patrick Reed lead the USA with a 3-0-1 record, but Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler were all winless for the American side.

On each of the first two days, the USA won the morning fourball sessions. But in the afternoon foursomes Europe dominated: eight matches, no defeats. Europe had a 6-0-2 record in foursomes.

Team Rosters

  • Europe - Automatic qualifiers: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose. Captain's picks: Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood.

Day 1 Results

Fourballs

  • Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Europe def. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson, USA 5 and 4
  • Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker, USA halved with Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer, Europe
  • Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed, USA def. Stephen Gallacher/Ian Poulter, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson, USA def. Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy, Europe, 1-up

Team USA won the first session, 2.5 to 1.5. Two of the matches were blowouts, but the USA rallied late in the other two. Fowler/Walker were 2-down with three holes to play against Bjorn/Kaymer, but Walker birdied two of those last three holes, winning both and forging a half-point. The final match was all square on the 18th, then Mickelson won it with a birdie.

Foursomes

  • Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood, Europe def. Jim Furyk/Matt Kuchar, USA, 2-up
  • Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Europe def. Hunter Mahan/Zach Johnson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia, Europe halved with Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler, USA
  • Victor Dubuisson/Graeme McDowell, Europe def. Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley, USA, 3 and 2

Europe won the afternoon session 3.5 to 0.5 points, making the overall score at this point Europe 5, USA 3. The Mahan/Johnson vs. Rose/Stenson match was squared by a USA birdie on the 14th, but then Europe birdied two of the next three holes to win it. The USA was 2-up with two holes to play in the Walker/Fowler vs. McIlroy/Garcia match, but two birdies by the Euros later it was a halve.

Day 2 Results

Fourballs
  • Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Europe def. Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar, USA, 3 and 2
  • Jim Furyk/Hunter Mahan, USA def. Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth, USA def. Thomas Bjorn/Martin Kaymer, Europe, 5 and 3
  • Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter, Europe, halved with Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler, USA

Team USA won this third session of the 2014 Ryder Cup 2.5 points to 1.5, making the overall score at this point 6.5 to 5.5 in favor of Europe. The fourth game was the key one. McIlroy/Poulter were 2-up at the turn, but Fowler/Walker won three of the next four holes to go 1-up. A Poulter birdie at the 16th brought the match back to square, which is how it ended.

Foursomes

  • Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood, Europe def. Zach Johnson/Matt Kuchar, USA, 2 and 1
  • Sergio Garcia/Rory McIlroy, Europe def. Jim Furyk/Hunter Mahan, 3 and 2
  • Martin Kaymer/Justin Rose, Europe halved Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed, USA
  • Victor Dubuisson/Graeme McDowell, Europe def. Jimmy Walker/Rickie Fowler, USA, 5 and 4

For the second straight day, Europe won the foursomes sessions by a score of 3.5 to 0.5. That made Europe's foursomes record in the 2014 Ryder Cup 6-0-2. It also made the overall score through this point 10-6 in favor of Europe. The USA's best chance in Day 2 foursomes was with the Spieth/Reed pairing, which was 2-up through 11 holes. But the USA then bogied four of the next five holes, including a miss from two feet by Reed on the 16th hole. The USA re-took the lead on the 17th, but Rose's 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole halved the match.

Day 3 Results

Singles

  • Graeme McDowell, Europe def. Jordan Spieth, USA, 2 and 1
  • Patrick Reed, USA def. Henrik Stenson, Europe, 1-up
  • Rory McIlroy, Europe def. Rickie Fowler, USA, 5 and 4
  • Hunter Mahan, USA halved with Justin Rose, Europe
  • Phil Mickelson, USA def. Stephen Gallacher, Europe, 3 and 1
  • Martin Kaymer, Europe def. Bubba Watson, USA, 4 and 2
  • Matt Kuchar, USA def. Thomas Bjorn, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Sergio Garcia, Europe def. Jim Furyk, USA, 1-up
  • Webb Simpson, USA halved with Ian Poulter, Europe
  • Jamie Donaldson, Europe def. Keegan Bradley, USA, 4 and 3
  • Jimmy Walker, USA def. Lee Westwood, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Zach Johnson, USA halved with Victor Dubuisson, Europe

Europe took a 10-6 lead into singles play, which meant Europe needed only 4 points on the final day to retain the Cup. The USA needed 8.5 points to win it.

In the end, Europe earned 6.5 points in singles, the USA 5.5, to produce the final score of 16.5 to 11.5.

With McIlroy and Kaymer jumping to early leads, any USA hopes of a historic comeback were essentially over when Spieth couldn't hold a 3-up lead at the turn against McDowell, and Mahan couldn't gain a full point after leading Rose 4-up through seven holes.

Player Records

(Wins-Losses-Halves)

USA
Patrick Reed, 3-0-1
Phil Mickelson, 2-1-0
Jordan Spieth, 2-1-1
Jimmy Walker, 1-1-3
Hunter Mahan, 1-2-1
Keegan Bradley, 1-2-0
Rickie Fowler, 0-2-3
Jim Furyk, 1-3-0
Matt Kuchar, 1-3-0
Webb Simpson, 0-1-1
Zach Johnson, 0-2-1
Bubba Watson, 0-3-0

Europe
Graeme McDowell, 3-0-0
Victor Dubuisson, 2-0-1
Justin Rose, 3-0-2
Jamie Donaldson, 3-1-0
Henrik Stenson, 3-1-0
Sergio Garcia, 2-1-1
Rory McIlroy, 2-1-2
Lee Westwood, 2-2-0
Martin Kaymer, 1-1-2
Ian Poulter, 0-1-2
Thomas Bjorn, 0-2-1
Stephen Gallacher, 0-2-0

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