Ryder Cup 2014

I had the honor to watch Ryder Cup 2014 with my own eyes. And I must say, it was one of the best sport events I have ever seen.

Ryder Cup 2014

 

Ryder Cup 2014

The 40th Ryder Cup matches were held between 26–28 September 2014 on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel near Auchterarder in Perthshire, Scotland. This was the second time that Scotland hosted the Ryder Cup – the first event was held at Muirfield in 1973. The team captains were Paul McGinley for Europe and Tom Watson for the USA.

Europe were the defending cup holders, having defeated the USA in 2012 at Medinah.

Europe won the 2014 competition to retain the Ryder Cup, defeating the USA by 16½ points to 11½.

 

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Ryder Cup 2014

Ryder Cup 2014

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Ryder Cup 2014

 

Team Europe

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Paul McGinley

was named the Europe team captain on 15th January 2013. He was the first Irishman to captain the Ryder Cup side. McGinley had previously always been on the winning side in the Ryder Cup; as a player in 2002, 2004 and 2006, and as a vice-captain in 2010 and 2012.

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Team USA

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Ryder Cup 2014

Tom Watson

was named the USA team captain on 13th December 2012. At 65, he became the oldest Ryder Cup captain.

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The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format was as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday) – 4 fourball (better ball) matches in the morning, followed by 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches in the afternoon
  • Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 fourball matches in the morning, followed by 4 foursome matches in the afternoon
  • Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches

On the Monday before the competition, European captain Paul McGinley announced that he had chosen to play fourball matches in the mornings, as had been the case for every European home captain since 1997 (while American home captains have chosen to play foursomes in the mornings every year except for 2004).

With a total of 28 points available, 14½ points were required for the USA to win the Ryder Cup, and 14 points were required for Europe to retain it. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes. If a match was level after 18 holes each side was awarded half a point.

Day 1 – Friday

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Results:

The United States won two matches and halved another to take the lead in the Ryder Cup. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the youngest American pairing in the history of the competition, defeated Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher 5 & 4. This was Poulter’s first loss in his last eight Ryder Cup matches.

USA:       2 1/2

Europe:  1 1/2

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Results:

Europe won three matches and halved the fourth to take a 5–3 lead in the Ryder Cup. It was the first time since 2006 that Europe led after the first day of the competition.[24]Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who won 5 & 4 in their morning match, played again and won; they never trailed at any point during the day.

USA:      3

Europe: 5

Day 2 – Saturday

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Results:

The European pairing of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson led off and won their third straight match in two days. Their score of 12-under set a Ryder Cup record in fourballs.

USA:      5 1/2

Europe: 6 1/2

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Results:

For the second straight day, Europe earned 3½ points in the afternoon foursomes, increasing their lead to 4 going into the singles matches.

USA:       6

Europe: 10

Day 3 – Sunday

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Results:

Europe won the Ryder Cup for third consecutive time. Welshman Jamie Donaldson played the winning shot when his second to the 15th hole landed less than 2 feet from the hole and Keegan Bradley conceded the hole. Donaldson had halved the 14th hole with Bradley to find himself in a Dormie position, where a minimum half-point is guaranteed. This meant that Europe were guaranteed a minimum 14–14 score (enough to retain the cup) but the scores are not official until the match is actually won, or halved after 18 holes.

USA:      11 1/2

Europe: 16 1/2

Ryder Cup Gala Dinner

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