Europe will enter Sunday trailing U.S.A big, but they do have a chance for some sweet revenge.
After two strong days of foursome and fourball matches, the Americans have a commanding 10-6 lead, but that lead is certainly not insurmountable.
That was the exact deficit the Americans trailed by entering Sunday's singles play at the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline. What came next was a giant comeback and controversy.
That year, Justin Leonard, part of the last group on the course and with the score tied, drained a 45' putt that would give his team the win if Jose Maria Olazabal missed his lengthy putt. The Americans didn't care about Olazabal's putt. When Leonard's putt hit the bottom of the cup, the players and their wives began a raucous celebration.
Olazabal missed his putt, the Americans won and the celebration has gone on to add drama for all Ryder Cups to come.
So while it is unlikely that the Europeans will come back, it is certainly not unprecedented. Here is how you can catch the action unfold.
Where: Medinah Country Club, Chicago
When: Sunday, September 29: First tee time at 11:03 a.m. ET
The Europeans have a big deficit, but they did manage to avert an even bigger margin. Ian Poulter caught fire on the backside of the afternoon matches.
This was enough to complete a big comeback against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Poulter, who was playing with Rory McIlroy, finished with five straight birdies to win the match on the 18th and bring the day's action to a close.
That win came moments after Steve Stricker lipped out on No. 18, which kept he and partner Tiger Woods from stealing a half point from Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
This strong finish averted disaster for the Europeans. No Ryder Cup team has come back from five points down on Sunday.
Now they have a bit of momentum and there is precedence for this type of comeback, but they definitely have their work cut out for them. Europe will need to win eight of the 12 matches to earn a tie.
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