2006 Ryder Cup Result

2006 Ryder Cup Result

\"2006It was said prior to the commencement of the 2006 Ryder Cup, that the Americans would win and they would win well on a course that, although on European ground, suited them more so than it did the Europeans. After all the K Club course in Ireland, had been designed by an American. But how shocked the Americans were by Sunday afternoon, as, amidst emotional scenes, never witnessed before, they learned their fate, that they had gone down in defeat, resoundedly by 18½ points to 9½. - exactly the same scoreline as two years before.

Ian Woosnam, the inspirational captain was beside himself with joy, revelling in the victory and spraying expensive champagne on to his charges.

In victory Woosnam was aided and abetted by the leadership of both Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke, who played magnificently throughout the matches. Clarke, who had recently become widowed carried the sympathy and the massive support of the crowd. His final afternoon 3&2 victory over Zac Johnson prompted incredible emotional scenes, ending with Clarke in tears in the arms of his Captain, and being mobbed by anyone who could get close.

\"2006Europe dominated the USA from the beginning, all twelve of the European earned points during the first two days and then beat the Americans emphatically in the singles on the final day by a massive 8½ points to 3½.It made a statement that the quality of European golf was getting higher and higher. Colin Montgomerie led the way, he was sent out first by Woosnam to set the winning precedent, hoping those in his wake would follow suit. Montgomerie did not let his Captain down either, but only just managed a one hole win over David Toms. \'Monty\', has now gone eight consecutive matches unbeaten. Europe simply went from strength to strength from then on.

Paul Casey defeated Jim Furyk 2&1 and David Howell was a comfortable 5 & 4 winner over Brett Wetterich. Although Sergio Garcia was beaten as was Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, playing in Match 5, ensured that the Europeans would retain the trophy by coming home a 2 & 1 victor over Chad Campbell. Henrik Stenson, the quiet but commanding Swede then sunk the winning match putt.

At just about the same time, Darren Clarke was in the process of defeating Zac Johnson and thus prompting the biggest ever Ryder Cup celebration.

The remaining matches had become academic but there was still an enormous amount of pride to play for .Jose maria Olazabal, underlined this by defeating the then World Number two, Phil Mickelson 2 & 1.