The United States lost the Ryder Cup to Europe 14.5 to 13.5 in a fashion so fantastic, golf fans will be talking about the epic 2012 collapse for generations.
The U.S. team, captained by Davis Love III, headed into Sunday's singles matches up 10-6 after dominating the competition Friday and Saturday. Despite the nearly insurmountable lead for Team USA, everything seemed to change late Saturday evening when, trailing 10-4 and looking at a very early and extremely anticlimactic denouement on Sunday, Europe won two extremely important points in the final two matches, led by undefeated Ian Poulter and his maniacal (read: kind of creepy) focus.
Still, despite the two points for Europe, the United States habitually dominates singles play, and thus had the Cup firmly within their grasp heading into singles matches.
With little else to worry about, the biggest story of the morning was Davis Love III putting Tiger Woods, point-less for America in three sessions on Friday and Saturday, last in the lineup of 12 matches to close out Sunday. Woods was the anchor for a team that only needed four-and-a-half points in the preceding 11 matches, certain to be a non-factor for the Americans.
(Sidebar to pull back the curtain on this writing gig for a minute: Sometimes we plan for certain situations that don't actually happen. That's why sports are great; but planning to write about sports isn't as easy as we sometimes hope. Take, for example, the fact that this column was going to be all about how American golf no longer needs Tiger Woods. About how Woods could be such a non-factor in the Ryder Cup and the United States could still go out and not just beat a strong European field, but dominate them too. This was going to be about how young stars like Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker are becoming the new faces of American golf.)