Ryder Cup 2012 Results: Final Standings, Winner and Reaction

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 30, 2012

Martin Kaymer celebrates after his Ryder Cup-winning putt
Martin Kaymer celebrates after his Ryder Cup-winning puttDavid Cannon/Getty Images

Team Europe knocked off Team USA on Sunday in one of the greatest Ryder Cup comebacks of all time. 

The Europeans entered the day's singles matches down 10—6, but left Medinah Country Club with an 14 1/2—13 1/2 victory (in the event of a tie, the winner of the last tournament retains the Cup), their second Ryder Cup title in a row and their fifth win in the last six events. 

For the Americans, who looked so good over the past two days, it was a day they want to forget. The Europeans comeback win, which tied USA's 1999 win as the biggest comeback in history, was the single biggest ever for a team on foreign soil. 

The day's early matches belonged to Team Europe. Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie all won their matchups, suddenly giving the visitors an 11—10 lead.

But after the Johnsons, Dustin and Zach, responded with two huge victories—Dustin easily knocked off big-hitter Nicolas Colsaerts and Zach rolled past Graeme McDowell—the Americans were back in good shape. 

Not so fast. 

Once Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood each grabbed a point for Europe, and Jason Dufner responded with one for Team USA, for the Americans it all came down to Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods.

And as Friday and Saturday indicated, that wasn't a good sign. 

Woods was able to grab his first half-point of the tournament by halving Francesco Molinari (Woods probably would have won the full point if the final holed mattered), but by the time Woods and Molinari made their way down the 18th fairway, Team Europe had already retained the Ryder Cup.

Stricker, playing in the pairing ahead of Tiger, three-putted from the fringe on 17 to open the door for Martin Kaymer, who hit the biggest six-foot putt of his life on the final hole, completing the Miracle at Medinah. 


Final Scores from Sunday

For a complete look at all of the tournament's scores, check out rydercup.com.


Winner Team Loser Team Score
Luke Donald Europe Bubba Watson USA 2 & 1
Ian Poulter Europe Webb Simpson USA 2 Up
Rory McIlroy Europe Keegan Bradley USA 2 & 1
Justin Rose Europe Phil Mickelson USA 1 Up
Paul Lawrie Europe Brandt Snedeker USA 5 & 3
Dustin Johnson USA Nicolas Colsaerts Europe 3 & 2
Zach Johnson USA Graeme McDowell Europe 2 & 1
Sergio Garcia Europe Jim Furyk USA 1 Up
Lee Westwood Europe Matt Kuchar USA 3 & 2
Jason Dufner USA Peter Hanson Europe 2 Up
Martin Kaymer Europe  Steve Stricker USA  1 Up 
Tiger Woods (half)  USA Francesco Molinari (half)  Europe  1/2