Poulter, Colsaets & Seve: How Europe Won The Ryder Cup

Team Europe appeared down and out at the beginning of Sunday. By the end, they had won the Ryder Cup. It's been dubbed one of the greatest comebacks in history and it's all down to the spirit of Seve...
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I had to pinch myself and also check my bank balance on Monday morning, Europe really did win and not retain the Ryder Cup. It was the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history, destroying the USA 8 ½ - 3 ½ to pull back a 10-6 deficit and win by 14 ½ - 13 ½ as I highlighted on Friday.

Talking of which, I only had a couple of winning bets over the weekend thanks to Tiger Woods. First up was the correct score at 12/1 and the last was Europe to win the Ryder Cup just under 3/1. One thing I have learnt for next time is to back the correct score again (14 ½ - 13 ½) as six of the last eleven Ryder Cups have now finished on that same score. So make sure to cover that for 2014 in Gleneagles.

US Captain

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker had to be on the team for their experience and compatibility with Tiger Woods. Yet this didn't work out as Jim did his usual of blow up on Sunday and Steve went 0-3 with Tiger Woods. On Sunday they both faded away as per norm and Martyn and Sergio both took them to the wire. Also Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker didn't live up to the standards as per expected from the FedEx Cup a few weeks back.

Questionable decisions from the captain came on Saturday when he left out Phil and Bradley so they would be fresh for Sunday. Then put Steve and Tiger at the rear end on Sunday when they clearly weren't playing to the usual high standards. Maybe he thought the Ryder Cup would be won by then and they wouldn't be called upon to deliver.

I can now see the next generation coming though with Ricky Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Nick Wantney stepping up to the mark, thus Jim, Steve and maybe even Phil making way for them.

It was the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history

Europe’s Captain

Jose did the right thing in picking Ian Poulter out of his two captain’s picks, now he made a name for himself as Mr. Ryder Cup. He has one of the best records going now of 4-0 and a career record of 12-3 which is the best winning percentage in history of that many matches. Yet the best part was the five straight birdies on Saturday night which gave us a fighting chance come Sunday.

We cannot forget the unlikely European heroes of Nicolas Colsaets who shot 10 under in the four-ball against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Paul Lawrie was and Lee Westwood pulled out the magic on Sunday and got vital points on the board. Next up was Kaymer who was shocking all of 2012 and even I was surprised he made the team. Yet like most Germans in sport he was solid when it came to smashing that 6 footer in for the Ryder Cup.

Lastly, the presence of Seve Ballesteros was present everywhere, which some believe and some don’t, but I’m sure it made a difference as the team believed it. It was on the shirts, bags and even in the clouds. I’m sure the team felt his presence and that gave them the momentum to kick on and win the Ryder Cup.

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