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Europe storm to Ryder Cup victory

Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson sealed golfing victory for Europe at Gleneagles after a brilliant round from world number one Rory McIlroy inspired them to victory over the United States.

The Welshman scored the winning point in a 4&3 win over Keegan Bradley on the 15th hole to give the European side an unassailable lead.

He was already four up with four to play when his approach shot landed within inches of the flag.

The American conceded the hole, handing victory and the 40th Ryder Cup title to the European team with four matches then still to finish.

The victorious captain, Irishman Paul McGinley, paid tribute to his players and everyone else who contributed to the win.

He told Sky Sports: "It has been a real honour to captain these 12 players, our backroom team, it has been a huge team effort.

"We had three or four big ideas which we kept feeding back to and they came off. I have a great sense of pride giving happiness to everyone."

Europe held a commanding 10-6 lead overnight, but the United States went ahead in six early matches.

But 25-year-old McIlroy, who has already won The Open and the PGA Championship this year, stormed back to thrash Rickie Fowler 5&4.

Fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell won five out of six holes from the 10th to return a 2&1 victory.

The win is Europe's third successive victory, and their eighth out of the last 10 Ryder Cups.

Europe eventually won 16 1/2 to 11 1/2.

It means the US have not won an away match in the Ryder Cup since 1993.


From Belfast Telegraph