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`HOME’ WIN: Luke Donald got the best possible outcome, a Europe win in his adopted home.
“I felt very much at home this week,” he said. “It was great to have all the cheers I did. I didn’t feel so sectioned out as probably some of the other guys on our team would have.”
Though the Englishman wears the European flag on his uniform, Chicago fans consider him one of their own. He went to Northwestern, after all, and he and his wife still make their home in the northern suburbs. Even when he was delivering Europe’s first point of the day _ and his second in three matches _ fans couldn’t bring themselves to razz him.
Those jeers that sounded like boos? They were actually cheers of “LUUUUUKE!”
“It certainly helped,” Donald said after he beat Bubba Watson 2 and 1. “I felt a lot of love from the crowd.”
WORTH THE WAIT: Paul Lawrie was worth the wait.
The 1999 British Open champion went 13 years between Ryder Cup appearances, and looked rusty in losing his first two matches at Medinah. When the Europeans needed to go on a win streak Sunday, however, Lawrie delivered.
His 5-and-3 thrashing of FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker was Europe’s biggest victory of the day, and was part of a five-win run that swung the momentum firmly in the Europeans’ favor. They went on to erase a 10-6 deficit and won the Ryder Cup 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. Europe has won five of the last six Ryder Cups.
Lawrie’s only other Ryder Cup appearance came in 1999, when he was on the other side of a record comeback. He desperately wanted a different experience, and even sat out the U.S. Open to bolster his chances of qualifying for the European team. He clinched his spot with a four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, his second European Tour win of the year.
DIVOTS: Tiger Woods’ record in Ryder Cup singles is now 4-1-2, and both halves came against Italians. He halved with Constantino Rocca in his first Ryder Cup appearance in 1997, and with Francesco Molinari in Sunday’s final match. … Phil Mickelson set the U.S. record for matches played, at 38. He also set a record for most singles losses, with five. … Steve Stricker is the first U.S. captain’s pick to go 0-4. Curtis Strange was 0-3 in 1995.
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