Europe's golfers have re-taken the Ryder Cup after a nail-biting finish against the US. Europe took the title with 14 and a half points, beating the United States by one point.
McDowell's birdie on the 16th secured the win for Europe
Europe narrowly beat the US to take home its 12th Ryder Cup victory. A single point, scored on the final cut-throat day of singles matches, was enough to give the Europeans a 14½-13½ victory in the prestigious golf tournament.
Headed into the final singles matches, Europe had a three point lead. The winning point came in the final match, when Ireland's Graeme McDowell beat American Hunter Mahan three and one on the 17th hole.
The 31-year old Northern Irishmen said his birdie on the 16th was to thank for his win.
"Sixteen was massive. You know, fast putt, I just had to get it going. Thankfully it caught an edge. Wow! It was the best putt I've hit in my life," said McDowell.
No cash prize
Germany had its hopes set on countryman Martin Kaymer
German star Martin Kaymer, playing in his first Ryder Cup, was unbeaten in the first three matches but lost his singles game to the US's Dustin Johnson.
The tournament venues alternate between the US and Europe. This year's competition, held in Wales, allowed Europe to recapture the trophy won by the Americans at Valhalla two years ago.
Ryder Cup players receive no prize money and compete purely for the title.
Author: Sarah Harman (dpa, AFP, SID)
Editor: Nancy Isenson