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Monday 29 December 2014

In Pictures: How the Ryder Cup unfolded

<b>0905:</b> Steve Stricker hits first shot through the mist
0905: Steve Stricker hits first shot through the mist
0933: Rory McIlroy draws first blood with an opening birdie
1045: Europe ahead in six of the first eight games
1140: With all 12 games under way Europe up in eight, down in four
1247: Dustin Johnson hammers Martin Kaymer to cut Europe lead to two. 9 1/2-7 1/2
1248: Stricker beats Lee Westwood on the 17th and the States are only one behind. 9 1/2-8 1/2
1303: Ian Poulter gives Europe their first win, 5&4 over Matt Kuchar. 10 1/2-8 1/2
1321: McIlroy scrambles a half with Stewart Cink after taking two in a bunker by the 18th green. 11-9
1330: Luke Donald beats Jim Furyk on the last. 12-9
1405: Miguel Angel Jimenez's great birdie on the 15th to defeat Bubba Watson makes it 13-9
1411: Ross Fisher three-putts the 16th and loses to Jeff Overton. 13-10
1415: Tiger Woods is nine under par in beating Francesco Molinari. 13-11
1444: Phil Mickelson's first win of the week, over Peter Hanson, cuts the gap to one again. 13-12 with three games left
1503: Rickie Fowler completes a stunning comeback from four down with six to play and three down with three to go. His closing 18-foot birdie putt makes it 13 1/2-12 1/2
1504: Zach Johnson defeats Padraig Harrington on the 16th and the sides are level with one game left
1522: Graeme McDowell beats Hunter Mahan and wins the Ryder Cup. 14 1/2-13 1/2

The Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor may have started with rain delays but it ended in glorious sunshine and a dramatic victory for Europe.

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Here, we look back at a thilling four days of golf.

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