Singles: Game by game
Here’s how Monday’s singles matches unfolded on the final day of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Here’s how Monday’s singles matches unfolded on the final day of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor (more later)
LEE WESTWOOD lost to STEVE STRICKER 2&1
New world number two Westwood came back from a bogey on the short fifth with winning birdies on the next two, but missed chances to stretch his advantage before matching Stricker’s birdie at the long ninth.
The 562-yard 11th was shared in birdies as well – Westwood almost made a 50-footer for eagle – but Stricker also birdied the next and Europe’s leading light went in the water at the next to fall behind again.
An 18-foot eagle putt after both had drive the green on the 15th made it two up with three to play and two halves after that settled it.
RORY McILROY halved with STEWART CINK
McIlroy took the first two holes, but was in the hazard at the fifth as he lost the next three and turned one down still.
A 10-footer at the long 11th was needed to keep it that way before McIlroy hit his approach to the 12th to a foot and levelled. But he followed Westwood into the lake at the next.
Cink was favourite to take the 15th after driving the green, but three-putted after the 21-year-old got up and down from a bunker. They shared the next two, Cink missing from six feet at the 17th, and McIlroy saved a half after splashing out of a greenside bunker at the second attempt to five feet and making it.
LUKE DONALD bt JIM FURYK 1 hole
Facing the man who deprived him of a £7million jackpot eight days earlier, Donald went three up after six and kept it to the turn, which he reached in 33.
He started the back nine by three-putting, but made glorious amends with back-to-back 20-footers for halves. Furyk then three-putted the 13th, only for Donald to bogey the next.
He salvaged a great half from the edge of the hazard at the 15th, Furyk birdied the next from 18 feet, but pushing a pitch into the bunker on the last cost the American dear. Donald two-putted to win.
MARTIN KAYMER lost to DUSTIN JOHNSON 6&4
Three bogeys in the first five left Kaymer two down to the player whose rules blunder helped him win the USPGA in August, but a pitch to four feet on the ninth halved the deficit.
Kaymer started the inward half with a further bogey, lost the 11th as well to a birdie and Johnson, without a point in his first three games, made it four in a row – and no birdies in the first 10 holes – to register the opening win of the day for the visitors.
IAN POULTER bt MATT KUCHAR 5&4
Poulter holed from 35 feet at the third and took the fifth as well when Kuchar’s second rolled into the water. Another American bogey on the 210-yard 10th stretch the difference to three.
Top-scorer with four points out of five two years ago, Poulter chipped in for eagle at the 11th and after losing the next to a birdie came roaring back with two of his own to take Europe into double figures.
He finished this match with three points out of four – and sent Kuchar to his first defeat on his debut.
ROSS FISHER lost to JEFF OVERTON 3&2
Fisher birdied one and three to establish an early grip and somehow got out of the fifth with a half despite chipping into the water.
Overton had holed his approach to the eighth the day before and almost did it again. He then took six at the next to turn two down, but birdied the 10th and won the 12th with a par to level.
Fisher, with his game suddenly slipping, bogeyed the next two as well and was in the water by the 15th green, but he escaped with a half to remain two down.
Three-putting the next, though, ended his hopes.
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ beat BUBBA WATSON 4&3
Jimenez went ahead three times in the first eight holes, chipping in on the last occasion, before stretching his lead to two with a 20-foot birdie on nine.
Another birdie four at the 11th took him three clear and after halving the next three holes Jimenez conjured up a wonderful shot to take Europe 13-9 ahead.
He had to play a bunker shot on the 15th with his feet outside and the ball below him, but got it to three feet for a winning birdie.
FRANCESCO MOLINARI lost to TIGER WOODS 4&3
Woods played the first six holes in two under par, but found himself one behind as Molinari birdied the first, second and fifth.
The world number one turned it round, however, when he birdied the ninth and the Italian bogeyed the next. It was the start of a golden run.
Woods birdied the next two, sank his approach to the 12th for eagle, birdied the next and finished things off with another birdie at the 15th. He was an incredible nine under par – and seven under for his last seven.
EDOARDO MOLINARI halved with RICKIE FOWLER
After early to and fro, the older of the Molinari brothers went two up thanks to a birdie at the eighth and par on the short 10th.
Further birdies at the 11th and 12th widened the gap to four with only six to play, but Fowler won the 13th and, from three down with three to go, took the 16th and 17th, where he made a 20-footer.
Both had to lay up at the 575-yard last and Fowler had an 18-foot birdie chance to grab an unlikely and absolutely vital half – and took it.
PETER HANSON lost to PHIL MICKELSON 4&2
Mickelson, beaten in his first three games, won the first four holes, but Hanson took the next two. That was as good as it got for the Swede, though.
His second double-bogey seven of the day on the ninth meant he turned at three down, and while Mickelson was in the water and lost the next he birdied the 11th and won the 14th and 16th as well.
It was his first singles win since 1999, but he still leaves with more losses – 17 – than any other American in cup history.
PADRAIG HARRINGTON lost to ZACH JOHNSON 3&2
After bogeying the first two, Harrington birdied the third and fifth to level, but instantly lost the next.
Johnson kept the momentum and by the short 13th – and after seven birdies – was five clear. Harrington got two back straightaway, but a half on the 16th brought the Americans level with only one game left on the course.
They needed to halve it and Europe had to win it.
GRAEME McDOWELL beat HUNTER MAHAN 3&1
Birdies on the first and fourth made US Open champion McDowell two up and another at the fifth stretched the difference.
A bogey on the eighth from the Ulsterman gave Mahan hope and after winning the long 11th McDowell followed with another bogey.
All eyes were starting to turn to them and Mahan cut the gap to one with a birdie on the 15th, only for McDowell to birdie the next from 20 feet and clinched victory – for the entire team – at the next when Mahan bogeyed.
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