The United States team was at the wrong end of one of the worst sports collapses in recent memory, as Davis Love III's squad fell to the Europeans at the Medinah Country Club by a score of 14.5 to 13.5.
Despite finishing play Saturday with a 10-6 lead, the Americans turned in an abysmal performance in the final round on Sunday.
It came down to Steve Stricker at the end, as the 45-year-old veteran needed to win his round against Martin Kaymer. But victory was not in the cards for America, as the latter sunk an 18th-hole putt to seal the deal.
Twitter exploded once the results were finalized, and as always, you can find the best of the best right here.
ABC's Josh Elliott had some words for commentator Johnny Miller, throwing in a nifty historical reference in his tweet:
He's done it, Europe retains the Ryder Cup!— Ryder Cup Team EUR (@RyderCupTeamEUR) September 30, 2012
See for yourself what happened on the final meaningful putt of the day, as Kramer kicked off the party for Europe on the 18th:
BBC's chief sportswriter Tom Fordyce rubbed it in after Kaymer holed out and sent the European contingent of the crowd into a chant-driven frenzy:
EUROPE RETAIN THE RYDER CUP! Someone call the Chicago cops, your golfers have just suffered grand larceny...— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) September 30, 2012
Breaking: Europe retains golf's Ryder Cup, stunning the U.S. by matching the biggest final-day rally ever.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 30, 2012
Boston Red Sox beat writer Pete Abraham compared this collapse to another epic one in baseball. Let's hope nobody throws around accusations of clubhouse boozing and fried-chicken eating:
A few days from now, it will be revealed that the U.S. Ryder Cup team had fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse. #choke2— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 30, 2012
Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami refused to let us forget about how boring some of today's NFL games were. But, hey, at least we all got to watch the Ryder Cup:
Appreciate the 49ers and Raiders (and Jets and Denver) for playing games that allowed such easy flipping to the Ryder Cup today.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) September 30, 2012
Woods misses, unbelievably, on the 18th - Moli halves, EUROPE WIN THE RYDER CUP! 14 1/3 - 13 1/2. Madness, pure sporting madness— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) September 30, 2012
Glasgow Rangers football Andy Little poked fun at Woods as the Cup wrapped up:
As I said on Friday and Saturday, Tiger Woods = Europe's best player!— Andrew Little (@AndyLittle29) September 30, 2012
Bad Religion's Jeff Bentley wasn't happy with the United States' showing on the final day:
europe has won the ryder cup. american exceptionalism is dead. might as well start eating borscht. going to drown my sorrows in mcnuggets.— jay bentley (@jay_bentley) September 30, 2012
American golfer Rickie Fowler let the Twitterverse know that he wasn't too happy with the result, but commended the European team for its effort:
Torn for my boys!! Crazy stuff...that's the Ryder Cup...congrats to the Euro Team! They stepped up big time! #WOW— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) September 30, 2012
PGATour.com's Brian Wacker shed light on how awful Sunday was for the Americans:
Final score: Europe 14 1/2, U.S. 13 1/2. Just 3 1/2 points from 12 singles matches for U.S. Wow. #rydercup— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw) September 30, 2012
Ian Poulter: "Ollie said to us at the start of the week, Ryder Cup is what memories and dreams are made of, and he's been awesome."— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) September 30, 2012
Tom Fordyce unveiled a quote from Kaymer following his clutch putt to clinch the win:
Great quote from Kaymer: "Ollie came up to me on 16th and told me we needed my point to win the Ryder Cup. I loved that feeling. Loved it."— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) September 30, 2012
ESPN's Colin Cowherd wasn't the only one who enjoyed the Ryder Cup. He's right about this not only being a good day for Europe, but a good day for golf in general:
So captivated by last hour of Ryder Cup I want to not only congratulate Europe but thank golf. Good stuff.— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) September 30, 2012
Sports Talk editor Ben Jacobs found Kaymer after the triumphant win, and Europe's star had something to say to his critics:
I just caught up with Martin Kaymer: "I guess any reputation that I am cold and not very passionate is now out the window"— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) September 30, 2012
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