Tour Report: Sunday’s Ryder Cup Singles recaps

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MEDINAH, Ill. – Following are recaps of Sunday’s Singles Matches at the 39th Ryder Cup.

LUKE DONALD, Europe def. BUBBA WATSON, U.S., 2 and 1

Watson record: 2-5-0 overall, 0-2-0 Singles
Donald record: 10-4-1 overall, 3-2-0 Singes
QUICK RECAP: Donald was in control virtually from the outset, using laser-like irons to take a 2-up advantage to the back nine and winning Nos. 11 and 12 to lead by four. Watson came up  with three clutch birdies starting at the 14th hole to delay the inevitable but a brilliant bunker shot to inches gave Donald the win before the home crowd in Chicago, where he has lived for 15 years.

BY THE NUMBERS: Donald won four holes and shot 4 under. Watson won two holes and shot 2 under.

NOTES & QUOTES: "It was a big honor for me that Ollie had enough trust in me to go out and get that first point for Europe. That means a lot to go out first and lead the team, and I did what I had to do." — Luke Donald

"It certainly helped having some local support. It wasn’t totally going Bubba’s way.  I felt a lot of love from the crowd, and just feel a lot of relief that that game is over. Bubba pushed me hard at the end there." — Luke Donald

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PAUL LAWRIE, Europe def. BRANDT SNEDEKER, U.S., 5 and 3

Snedeker record: 1-2-0, 0-1-0
Lawrie record: 4-3-1 overall, 2-0-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: This one was all Lawrie. He led 3 up at the turn and used a birdie and two Snedeker bogeys in a three-hole stretch on the back nine to put this essentially out of reach at 5 up. Snedeker, who won the FedExCup seven days ago, did birdie the 14th to extend the match but it was only a matter of time.

BY THE NUMBERS: Lawrie won seven holes and shot 5 under. Snedeker won two holes and shot even par.

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RORY McILROY, Europe, def. KEEGAN BRADLEY, U.S., 2 and 1

Bradley record: 3-1-0, 0-1-0 Singles
McIlroy record: 7-4-2, 3-0-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: McIlroy got to the course 11 minutes before his tee time after confusing ET with CT but showed no ill effects. He reeled off three straight birdies starting at the fourth hole to take a 2-up lead and while Bradley, who was at the emotional epicenter of the U.S. Team, squared the match at the 12th, he could never get the edge any momentum. Consecutive birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 gave McIlroy the  cushion he needed.

BY THE NUMBERS: McIlroy won five holes and shot 5 under. Bradley won three holes and shot 1 under.

NOTES & QUOTES: "I was just casually walking out of my hotel room and got a phone call saying you’ve got 25 minutes until you tee off. I’ve never been so worried driving to the golf course before. Luckily there was a state trooper outside who kind of gave me the escort to here, and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have got here in time." — Rory McIlroy …

"I calmed as soon as I got here. If I warm up for 40 minutes, it’s a long time anyway. I warmed up for like 25 minutes before I won the PGA this year… It was probably a really good thing I didn’t have to think about it too much." – Rory McIlroy

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JUSTIN ROSE, Europe, def. PHIL MICKELSON, U.S., 1 up

Mickelson record: 14-18-6, 4-5-0 Singles
Rose record: 6-3-0 overall, 2-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: This was one of the matches Davis Love III meant when he talked about how it flipped at the end on the U.S. Team. Mickelson was 1 up heading to the 17th hole where Rose drained a 40-footer for birdie to square the match after Mickelson nearly holed his chip. Then Rose wins the match with a 12-footer at the 18th hole.

BY THE NUMBERS: Rose won six holes and shot 5 under. Mickelson won five holes and shot 3 under.

NOTES & QUOTES: "Having an eight foot putt to halve the hole on 16, to dig myself out of that game is incredible. I felt like we needed that point, as well, to have any chance. … He was looking confident like he was going to make that chip and just missed and I buried it on top of him, and that was one of the best feelings of my life to make that putt.  And 18, now I know how Ian Poulter feels.  I had a glance down and looked at my left sleeve, and that’s the kind of stuff he would have done today." — Justin Rose

"When I walked, obviously in the moment, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, but as soon as I holed that putt, as soon as I came off the green, my first thought has been to Seve, absolutely. You know, he’s been an inspiration for this team all week long, and who knows, if something crazy happens today, I know that we are going to be looking upwards." — Justin Rose

"I had a chance to go 2 up, and he made a good 12 footer on top of me to halve and I holed a chip shot on 17 that would have won it in my mind, except he made that 40 footer to win the hole and the last hole he made a great birdie. He played some great golf. I thought I played pretty good, and you know, shot a decently low round. But the last three holes, I, you know, I thought I had the match. He played phenomenal there.

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IAN POULTER, Europe def. WEBB SIMPSON, U.S., 2 up

Simpson record: 2-2-0 overall, 0-1-0 Singles
Poulter record: 12-3-0 overall, 4-0-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: Poulter seemed to pick up where he left off with that string of five straight birdies on Saturday when he opened this Singles match by chipping in for another on the first hole. Simpson, though, basically held control until Poulter squared the match at the 11th hole. Poulter finally got his first lead when Simpson couldn’t save par from the bunker at the 17th hole and then won the 18th with a conceded birdie.
BY THE NUMBERS: Poulter won six holes and shot 2 under. Simpson won four holes and shot even par.

NOTES & QUOTES: "I love this format.  I love the team.  Everything about it.  I just    I love it.  I’ve got Seve on my arm, Seve on the bag, we’ve got Ollie.  It’s pretty special." — Ian Poulter

"The team spirit last night in that team room was unbelievable. The buzz, the electricity, I just felt something might be possible today, and you know, we’ve never done it before. They have done it to us in ’99, and who knows, it could be the greatest turnaround of all time for Europe." — Ian Poulter

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DUSTIN JOHNSON, U.S., defeated NICOLAS COLSAERTS, Europe, 3 and 2

Johnson record: 4-3-0, 2-0-0
Colsaerts record: 1-3-0, 0-1-0

QUICK RECAP: Johnson, who won two Four-ball matches with Matt Kuchar, earned the first point for the Americans to complete an undefeated Ryder Cup. He won the first hole and never trailed in the match, although the 29-year-old from Belgium did square the proceedings three times. Johnson won the final three holes with two birdies and a par to seal the win.

BY THE NUMBERS: Johnson won seven holes and shot 3 under. Colsaerts won four holes and shot 1 over.

NOTES & QUOTES: “I tried not to look at the board all day today. I had a tough match. Nic is a great competitor. We both played really well all day long. I stuffed it in there on 14 for eagle, and then that putt on 15 was huge.” – Dustin Johnson

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ZACH JOHNSON, U.S., def. GRAEME McDOWELL, Europe, 2 and 1

Johnson record: 5-4-1, 1-1-0 Singles
McDowell record: 5-4-2, 2-0-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: This match wasn’t flashy — just workmanlike like Johnson. He won the first hole with a solid par and red stayed on the leaderboard for the next 16. He had built a 3-up advantage by the fourth hole thanks to a birdie and two McDowell bogeys. The American lead 2 up at the turn and came up with the shots to halve the next seven holes to seal the win.

BY THE NUMBERS: Johnson won four holes and shot even par. McDowell won two holes and shot 2 over.

NOTES & QUOTES: "It feels great. I came out here to get a point for our country, to get a point for Davis and our team, and I’m playing a very formidable foe in Graeme, who we know what his story at Ryder Cup is, and a good friend more than anything, he and Kenny, his caddie. It was hard, but those two guys are as classy as it comes, and I feel very fortunate to come out with the win." — Zach Johnson

“To try and retain this great Ryder Cup, it’s been an exciting weekend. I thought for a second there yesterday the U.S. were going to drive off in the sunset on us.” – Graeme McDowell

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SERGIO GARCIA, Europe, deg. JIM FURYK, U.S., 1 up

Furyk record: 9-17-4 overall, 4-3-1 Singles
Garcia record: 16-8-4 overall, 2-4-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: This was a rematch from 1999 and this time, the Spaniard got revenge. Garcia only led two holes in this match but the second one was when it counted on the 18th hole. Furyk held a 1-up advantage through 16 holes but couldn’t get up-and-down from the greenside bunker at the 17th and missed an 8-footer to save par at No. 18 so Garcia had the win.

BY THE NUMBERS: Garcia won five holes and shot 1 under. Furyk won four holes and shot 1 under.

NOTES & QUOTES: “It’s been a hard week. I haven’t felt very comfortable. I just tried as hard as I could. I got a little bit lucky today, a couple shots here and there. And Jim gave a couple away, he missed some crucial putts, and I couldn’t be happier for my team.” – Sergio Garcia

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Dufner record: 3-1-0, 1-0-0 Singles
Hanson record: 1-4-0, 0-2-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: Dufner certainly didn’t play like a Ryder Cup rookie this week. He led 4 up at the turn and bent but didn’t break on the back nine as Hanson tried to rally. The Swede won the 10th with a birdie and Nos. 11 and 12 when Dufner made bogeys. But the American won three of the next four holes to earn what turned out to be the final point for the U.S.

BY THE NUMBERS: Dufner won seven holes and shot 2 under. Hanson won five holes and shot 1 under. 

NOTES & QUOTES: “I had a little bit of a rough stretch there, 10 through 12, felt like I gave him a couple holes. Peter played well to get back into the match, and it was a great match. You know what’s at stake out here. You can kind of see how the board is shaking down, and I knew that getting a full point would be pretty crucial for the team, and I really wanted to not let them down.” – Jason Dufner

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Kuchar record: 3-2-2 overall, 0-2-0 Singles
Westwood record: 18-13-6, 3-5-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: Westwood, who finished last at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola a week ago, had a much different result on Sunday. He never trailed in his match with Kuchar, one of the steadiest players on the U.S. team, and took control over the last five holes, winning three and sealing the win a 12-inch putt the American made him putt for the point at the 16th hole.

BY THE NUMBERS: Westwood won five holes and shot 3 under. Kuchar won two holes and shot even par.

NOTES & QUOTES: "I don’t blame him for not giving (the last putt) to me. I was shaking like a leaf. I make no apologize for this. This is the ultimate pressure in golf. You’re playing for a lot of pride, and just nice to roll it in and win." — Lee Westwood

"I feel like I would preferred two days like this, let my teammates down, I didn’t play well, struggled last week and didn’t get it together this week. Today I played really good, and the putt on 15, I really enjoyed that." — Lee Westwood

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Stricker record: 3-7-1 overall, 2-3-0 Singles
Kaymer record: 3-2-1 overall, 1-1-0 Singles

QUICK RECAP: Neither player led more than 1 up in this match, and it all came down to the final two holes. Stricker, who went 0-4 this week, missed a 7-footer for par at the 17th hole while Kaymer holed his from 5 feet to go 1 up. An almost identical scenario existed on the 18th hole but this time Stricker made it from 8 feet and Kaymer, who won the 2010 PGA, came up with the clutch 6-footer to win the Cup.

BY THE NUMBERS: Kaymer won five holes and shot even par. Stricker won four holes and shot 1 over.

NOTES & QUOTES: "On Friday I sat down with Bernhard and talked to him a little bit about the Ryder Cup because my attitude wasn’t the right one. But now, after that match today against Steve, I know how important the Ryder Cup became and is for Olazábal, and Bernhard helped me so much just to sit down with me and talk about it." — Martin Kaymer

"The atmosphere was tremendous here all week. It was so much fun. We’ll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and we’re resilient. As golfers you have got to be. It’s the nature of the game. I’ve been down in some depths before that you’ve just got to, like I said, pick yourself up and play golf again. … We’ll be disappointed for sure, but we’ll all be all right." — Steve Stricker

"I am disappointed that I let 11 other players down and the captains, and probably there at the end, Tiger and I at the end there to probably get some points. And I didn’t. So that’s disappointing".

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Woods record: 13-17-3 overall, 4-1-2Singles
Molinari record: 0-4-1 overall, 0-1-1 Singles

QUICK RECAP: This was a very different outcome than in 2010 when Woods took a decisive 4-and-3 win.  Woods only led two holes, but his win at the 17th to go 1 up could have been huge had Steve Stricker been able to eek out the halve. Instead, it was moot and Woods, who went 0-3-1 this week, ended up missing a short birdie putt at No. 18 so the match was halved.

BY THE NUMBERS: Molinari won five holes and shot 1 over. Woods won four holes and shot 1 over.

NOTES & QUOTES: "I’m really speechless. Everybody says the same, in these conditions, that this time was really unthinkable up until yesterday at lunch time, we were just getting beaten every match we were going out. I think, you know, a huge credit, those two points gave us a lift to go out believing, obviously there was a small chance but we had a chance to do it." — Francesco Molinari

"I was trying to get my point. I went 1 up at 17, and I asked Joey what was going on down 18. Because my responsibility was to be able to get my point. And then they said that Europe has a chance to win on this hole, or retain the Cup. Then after that all went down, my putt was useless. It was inconsequential.  So I hit it too quick, and gave him his putt, and it was already over." — Tiger Woods

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