By Vegard Lilleas
Over 40,000 spectators witnessed history at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, Illinois on Sunday as Europe beat the US 14.5 to 13.5 to claim the Ryder Cup. Former world number one, Martin Kaymer, made the final putt that sealed European victory after one of the greatest team comebacks in sport history.
With a 10-6 deficit after the first two days of competition, Team Europe was thought to have been left with little to no chances by experts and spectators.
Despite that the Europeans, led by the brilliant Brits Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose as well as current world number one, Rory McIlroy, won match after match.
Nevertheless, the biggest surprise of the day was Scotsman Paul Lawries stellar performance against 11-million-dollar-man Brandt Snedeker. Veteran Lawrie crushed the recent FedEx-champion 5&3.
As the first five matches turned blue on the scoreboard, the European players still out on the Medinah golf course were unquestionably inspired.
Nevertheless, Swede Peter Hanson, Northern Irishman Graeme “G-Mac” McDowell and “the Belgian bomber” Nicolas Colsaerts lost their matches against Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson respectfully, thus making tension rise.
But with the late Spanish golfing legend, Seve Ballesteros, on their left sleeve and his spirit watching over them, fellow countryman Sergio Garcia exploited Jim Furyks collapse late in their match to secure another crucial point for the Europeans. When Lee Westwood defeated American Matt Kuchar in the third last match, the score was even for the first time since the first 18 holes on Friday.
Even though playing under his potential for the most part of the season and the Ryder Cup, 27-year old Kaymer kept his calm when it mattered most. With 40,000 sets of eyes staring at him in thrilling silence, Kaymer managed to sink the deciding putt at the 18th green and thus claiming the prestigious trophy for Team Europe yet again.