Europe wins 2012 Ryder Cup
MEDINAH, IL (TheSpread) – In an unbelievable comeback effort, Europe rallied on Sunday to win the 2012 Ryder Cup over the United States after trailing by 4 points entering the day.
Europe came into the day trailing 10-6 with 12 individual matches remaining. The Europeans needed 8 points to retain the cup and they got exactly that, with Martin Kaymer making the Cup-winning putt on the 18th hole in the second-to-last match. The final score ended up 14 ½ to 13 ½ for Europe after Tiger Woods conceded to Francesco Molinari on the final hole when the Ryder Cup had been decided.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Europe entered this event with odds of +120 to retain he Ryder Cup, that means a wager of $100 on Europe will pay out an additional $120. Coming into Sunday’s final round, Europe had odds of +900 to retain.
The Europeans were able to win early matches from the likes of Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter to set the tone and then some underdog players like Paul Lawrie and Kaymer came through with clutch wins down the stretch. Poulter was the inspirational leader of the team and his 4-birdie stretch to end last night’s round seemed to build some momentum for the remarkable run on Sunday.
The Americans had chances to win the Cup for themselves, but missed several short putts, including key putts from Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, both captain’s picks.