2012 USA Ryder Cup Team: Highlighting Best Performances from Sunday

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Dustin Johnson of the USA celebrates with his caddie Jeff Weber on the 15th hole during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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It was an epic collapse by the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup, as the Europeans edged out the U.S. on the final day of play in Sunday Singles.

Despite the dismal performance by the Americans on Sunday, there were some highlights that should not go unnoticed for the U.S.

Let's take a look:


Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner did all he could to help the U.S. win on Sunday, winning 2-up on his opponent, Peter Hanson.

Dufner downed Hanson thanks to three birdies and two eagles on the final day of play and finished with three wins and one loss in his Ryder Cup debut.

All day on Sunday, Dufner set himself up for easy putts and birdie opportunities (as you can see in the video).

He kept his drives on the fairway and sank his putts when he needed to, but unfortunately for the Americans, Dufner could only play one match on Sunday.


Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson was one of few golfers who scored points for the U.S. on Sunday, as he defeated Graeme McDowell, 2-and-1, in singles play.

Despite just one birdie—which had an outstanding shot of being an eagle—Johnson was able to beat McDowell by parring three holes and birdying the one, as opposed to McDowell's two birdies.

Johnson served as a glimpse of hope for the Americans, as after he beat McDowell, the U.S. had a 12-11 lead over the Europeans.

Johnson's approach—especially with the wedge—were key to his victory against McDowell on Sunday.

Team U.S.A. received great play out of Johnson in the Ryder Cup, as he went 3-1 in the tournament.


Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson was perfect for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, going 3-0 during the weekend and giving the Americans all he had.

Johnson was sensational on the final day of the cup, scoring four birdies and three pars to best opponent Nicolas Colsaerts' one birdie and three pars.

Johnson showed great resilience on Sunday. After consecutive bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, he came back with birdies on 14 and 15, and after Colsaerts bogeyed the 16th hole, Johnson was awarded the win.

Johnson was 1-3 entering the 2012 Ryder Cup and will take his performance in this year's Cup to the tour against the field.

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