Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Dream finish for McDowell

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

The man who secured the point that won the Ryder Cup for Europe described the moment as "bananas".

US Open champion Graeme McDowell's 3&1 victory over Hunter Mahan gave Europe a dramatic 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 triumph over the United States.

McDowell, who holed a pressure putt on 16 and then won the match on 17, told BBC Radio Five Live: "That was absolutely amazing. That was bananas. The putt on the 16th was stuff I have dreamed about all my life."

Padraig Harrington described the winning feeling as "incredible" and "phenomenal".

Harrington, one of captain Colin Montgomerie's wild card picks, said: "Every Ryder Cup's the same. It's phenomenal. There's nothing like it in golf. That's incredible."

Lee Westwood, who his opening singles match to Steve Stricker but had been in fantastic form since the opening day on Friday, said: "I've never been slapped on the back so often. We are really delighted.

"It's been a great team performance against a strong American side."

Ross Fisher told BBC Radio Five Live: "This is very sweet. It's a shame there's got to be a losing team and losing side."

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