For the first time since its beginning in 1983 the Ryder Cup went to a fourth day, after which the Americans suffered an excruciating 14 ½-13 ½ loss.
U.S. captain Corey Pavin and his team graciously accepted defeat and refused to blame neither the bad weather nor the “boisterous” Celtic Manor supported for the defeat. “To hear that kind of excitement for golf really is spectacular for us. We don’t get a chance to play in front of crowds that boisterous and spirited. “Though they were cheering for the Europeans, the fans here are really respectful for all good shots and they have a lot of respect for all of us.” said Stewart Cink, who on Monday lost an important half after his singles match against Rory McIlroy.
The teams agreed to the change in the competition’s usual format in order to finish the cup on time, and decided to push though with all 12 players involved in foursomes or fourball play during Saturday and Sunday: “It was a plan for the fans; it was a plan to get the Ryder Cup done on Sunday. I thought it was a great idea.” said Pavin.
However, the change in schedule seemed to work in Europe’s favour as they turned a 6-4 deficit into a 9 ½-6 ½ lead on Sunday. The winning streak continued on Monday as Europe took the singles games 7-5.
The winning team of the 2010 Ryder Cup was only determined in the final game of the competition, which has not been the deciding game since 1991, with Hunter Mahan’s 3&1 loss to Graeme McDowell: “That birdie on 16, after I got it to one down, was huge. He just beat me.” said a distraught Mahan.