Ryder Cup 2012 Results: 5 Reasons Team Europe Pulled off a Miracle

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Ryder Cup 2012 Results: 5 Reasons Team Europe Pulled off a Miracle
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Europe’s stunning comeback to win the 39th Ryder Cup 14.5-13.5 Sunday afternoon at Medinah Country Club was the biggest recorded ever on foreign soil, and equals the great American comeback at Brookline in 1999.

Trailing by the same 10-6 margin, Team Europe needed eight out of the 12 total points from the singles session to pull it off and they ended up winning 8.5.

The comeback that the Golf Channel called tonight on Live from the Ryder Cup “The Miracle at Medinah" happened for five reasons, and those who follow the game could have seen it coming.

Historically, the last day of play has been something that benefits the American team. As a team, they normally do not bond as well and play together as closely like their European counterparts. So when the Americans held onto a four-point lead going into what most had assumed looked like the strongest part of their game, it looked pretty much like a done deal.

When you add the potential distraction of Rory McIlroy nearly missing his tee time before his match this afternoon, one could certainly get the sense that Europe was playing as not the one solid and cohesive unit we had all been used too.

Like objects in a car mirror, looks can be deceiving.

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