The result in the record book was Europe 16½, United States 11½. It’s an old story for the Americans. Europe won for third straight time, and now has won eight of the last 10.
Justin Rose capped off a remarkable Saturday for himself and his team. His 6-foot putt on the 18th hole at Gleneagles was enough to give Rose and Martin Kaymer a half-point, giving Europe a 10-6 advantage and leaving it on the cusp of another Ryder Cup victory.
After Europe’s advantage stretched to 6-3, the Americans surged back. Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan beat Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson 4 and 3. Rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed took down Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer 5 and 3.
Europe dominated the afternoon foursomes to grab a 5-3 lead after the first day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Phil Mickelson once had a corporate sponsor that built a marketing campaign around the phrase, “What will Phil do next?”
The Americans haven’t won on European soil since 1993, the last time Watson was the captain. He is adored in Scotland as much as any American golfer, having won the British Open four times on Scottish links. His three Senior British Open titles all were in Scotland.
Even though the teams are evenly matched, the powerful Americans have won only twice in the last 21 years.
Europe’s come-from-behind victory, from 10-5 down at one stage on Saturday evening, has gone down in lore but it was tinged with disappointment for the Northern Irishman.
McDowell and McIlroy are longtime friends and major champions. They have been Ryder Cup partners for all but one session dating to 2010 at Wales, though their record is hardly impressive. They have won only two of those matches and halved another.
The club, exclusively for men since it was founded in Scotland 260 years ago, released a statement Thursday saying 85 percent of those who took part in the ballot voted in favor of allowing female members.
With a season full of back troubles, Woods decided to take the rest of the year off before he returns to competition Dec. 4-7 at the Hero World Challenge. He says even though he is back to full strength physically, he still has not hit a golf ball.
Horschel pulled away from self-destructing Rory McIlroy early and held off Jim Furyk late. He closed with a 2-under 68 for a three-shot victory in the Tour Championship and the biggest Sunday payoff in golf.