Europe held onto the Ryder Cup trophy at Gleneagles, for the eighth time in 10 play offs, winning the competition by 16 ½ – 11 ½.
The scene was set by the incredible Irishman Rory McIlroy and the winning shot came from 38yr old Welsh rookie, Jamie Donaldson, as Europe clinched the gold cup with four matches still to play.
McIlroy dominated the game and played one of his best tournaments this year, whilst first time Ryder cup player, Jamie Donaldson finished off the Americans with a 9-iron that settles 36cm from the 15th hole, which sparked off the celebrations.
“It came down to me to close it out,” Donaldson commented. “But it’s all about the team.”
Watson, who was captain in 1993, was brought back by the PGA in America hoping he could repeat that win in Scotland. The ripe, 65 yr old Ryder Cup captain conceded he might have made a mistake in his player selection, claiming that some players were just too tired.
“The bottom line is they kicked our butts,” Watson said. “They were better players this week.”