Incredible duo of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy swings Ryder Cup for Europe
Party time at clubs as supporters celebrate stars' Ryder Cup victory
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were at the epicentre of Europe's stunning Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles over the United States.
Back in Northern Ireland last night their home clubs - Holywood and Rathmore - were “buzzing” as members celebrated their latest triumph.
The Ulstermen won their early singles matches in yesterday’s final session of the 40th tournament to leave Europe on course to retain the title in style.
Jamie Donaldson secured the decisive point Europe needed and the final result in Scotland was Europe 16.5 USA 11.5, some two-and-a-half points clear of what they needed to retain the cup.
Europe have won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups, while the US have not won an away match since 1993.
G-Mac was first out yesterday, leading the European charge, and came back from an amazing three down to turn his match against Jordan Spieth around. McIlroy teed off at midday and played
some truly sublime golf, comfortably beating Ricky Fowler to put Europe in a good position for the remainder of the tournament.
Ahead of the final day of play, McIlroy had posted a message of clear intent on Twitter to his 2.1 million followers. “Zero complacency, 100% concentration... Let’s get the job done boys! #TeamEurope,” he wrote.
Despite being American, Graeme McDowell’s wife Kristin Stape and baby daughter Vale Esme were cheering him on to glory.
“Goooooo Europe!!!!!!!!! #GoTeamEurope #ilovemydaddy,” Kristin wrote online accompanied by a picture of their little girl.
Last night golfers were partying hard at Rory and Graeme’s home clubs.
Rathmore captain Paul Roddy told the Belfast Telegraph that the club was “buzzing” and everyone was looking forward to celebrating with G-Mac the next time he is home.
“Yeeha, we are absolutely over the moon,” he said.
“The club is buzzing, ecstatic, we are selling a lot of drink.
“For Graeme to come back from three down is fantastic,” he added.
“We will be updating the website roll of honour to reflect this is Graeme’s fourth Ryder Cup.
“We know he is busy with his young family but when he gets the chance to get back we will have a celebration as usual.”