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The final day of the 37th Ryder Cup is over and PGATOUR.COM's crew was on the scene at Valhalla Golf Club to provide continuous coverage of the decisive day. Check out our live reports during the Americans' victory over the Europeans at Valhalla.
MATCH RECAPS: Sunday's Singles

REPORT CARDS (8:45 p.m. ET): So how did each player grade out after a week full of drama -- and top-notch play -- at Valhalla? Here you go (and yes, the grades are purely subjective. Feel free to disagree):

U.S. report card
Grade Player Points Comment
A+ Anthony Kim 2-1/2 The Ryder Cup rookie was a great partner for Phil Mickelson. He set the tone in Singles by blitzing Sergio Garcia. And he's just 23 years old. America's future at this event is in good hands
A+ Boo Weekley 2-12 He kept the team loose. More important, he played loose. The guy's "riding his horse" down the fairway Sunday, and was obviously unfazed by the pressure. And the crowd ate it up.
A+ Hunter Mahan 3-1/2 Played all five matches and earned more points than anybody else on the U.S. team. In fact, he never lost a match this week. Supported match teammates Justin Leonard and Phil Mickelson beautifully
A Kenny Perry 2-1/2 He wanted to play well in his home state. You wanted him to play well here after he put so much emphasis on making the team. And he did. Other than a late stumble in Friday's Foursomes, he was rock solid.
A Justin Leonard 2-1/2 He came into the event having never won a Ryder Cup match. He ended up winning two (with Hunter Mahan), and halving another. He didn't lose until Singles to a red-hot Robert Karlsson.
A Jim Furyk 2-1/2 The veteran teamed with Kenny Perry to win 1-1/2 of a possible three points. On Sunday, his win over Miguel Angel Jimenez proved to be the deciding match -- one in which Furyk never trailed
A- J.B. Holmes 2-1/2 This Captain's pick not only was deadly long this week but sneaky strong. He didn't always make the best decisions, but he did not lose in any of his three matches (joining Weekley and Mahan in that regard), and his win over Soren Hansen in Singles was huge.
B Phil Mickelson 2 No player in U.S. history has been on more losing Ryder Cup teams (5) than Mickelson, so it was nice to see him smiling on Sunday. He made a formidable first-day team with Anthony Kim, but had just a half-point in the final two days, with a couple of surprise losses in Singles and Saturday Foursomes.
B Chad Campbell 2 Won two of his three matches, so you could argue that he deserved an A. Plus, he knocked off Padraig Harrington in Singles (albeit in a meaningless match). But he was fortunate to have Stewart Cink on his side in Friday's Foursomes.
B- Stewart Cink 1 Like Mickelson, as a veteran presence he's held to a higher standard. He played three matches, losing two, including a Sunday single to Graeme McDowell that fortunately wasn't vital.
C+ Ben Curtis 1-1/2 Struggled on Friday with Steve Stricker, failing to birdie a single hole. Played better on Saturday, as he and Stricker managed a half-point against Sergio Garcia-Paul Casey. He did rally to beat Lee Westwood on Sunday, although the pressure was off down the stretch.
C Steve Stricker 1/2 The only American not to win at least one point (as the draw turned out, he ended up being the sacrificial lamb on Sunday against a red-hot Ian Poulter). But give Stricker and Curtis credit for a vital half-point against the Garcia-Casey duo. Paul Azinger called Stricker's key putt "the difference in these matches," but Stricker said he didn't think "it was that significant."
A+ Paul Azinger Every move worked out for him. He emphasized the underdog role, emphasized the no-pressure role, and kept his team loose. Two years of hard work paid off -- and he didn't even need Tiger.
Euorpean report card
Grade Player Points Comment
A+ Ian Poulter 4 No player on either side produced more points. No player on either side played better golf. Consider this: Poulter never trailed in the last 65 holes he played at Valhalla. And of the 83 holes he did play, he only trailed after two of them. So much for wondering whether he deserved to make the team.
A Justin Rose 3 Teammed with good buddy Poulter to make a devastating duo. Then he knocked off Phil Mickelson in Singles when the outcome was still undecided. Clearly the best of the four European Ryder Cup rookies
A- Graeme McDowell 2-1/2 Failed to click with Irishman Padraig Harrington, but other than that, he was rock-solid, winning two matches and halving the other.
A- Robert Karlsson 2 This Swede has some game. He deserved a better fate than a half-point in Saturday Four-Ball after he made six birdies on the back nine. And he rolled through Justin Leonard in Singles with four more birdies. Should've seen it coming after his solid performances in majors this year.
B- Henrik Stenson 1-1/2 Lost two of his four matches, including to Kenny Perry in Singles in one of the big matches in the middle of the lineup. But give him props for taking Oliver Wilson under his wing to beat Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim in Saturday Foursomes.
C Oliver Wilson 1 Not much was expected of this Ryder Cup rookie, who's the only player on either side without a pro victory. But he held up nicely with Stenson. With some seasoning, he could play a big impact in future Ryder Cups.
C Paul Casey 1 Halved two of his three matches, and got the half-point against a tough Hunter Mahan in Sunday Singles after rallying with a birdie on the 18th hole. Would've expected more from his Four-Ball pairing with Sergio Garcia.
D- Soren Hansen 1/2 Lost two of his three matches, but did manage a final-hole birdie in Friday Four-Ball to win the hole and gain a half point.
D- Padraig Harrington 1/2 He probably deserved a better fate, at least early on, considering his tough-as-nails putting performance on the first day. But his play tailed off in the final two days. Was fortunate his Singles loss didn't matter, although would've liked to have seen if he would have revved it up if the pressure had been on.
F Miguel Angel Jimenez 1/2 Never was much of a factor, which is surprising given that he's a savvy veteran who isn't prone to being ruffled. Perhaps the course just didn't suit his game.
F Lee Westwood 1 Four matches, zero wins. The European team needed more from one of its stalwarts, especially once who hadn't lost a Ryder Cup match since 2002. Never really found his form.
F Sergio Garcia 1/2 The most shocking performance on either side. Maybe it's unfair to expect Garcia to have kept him his Ryder Cup success, and the expectations were certainly lofty. But considering he's been in good form in recent weeks, his failure to win a single match -- and his surprising request to sit out one session -- made it a Ryder Cup to forget.
C+ Nick Faldo His pick of Ian Poulter turned out to be a great one. His controversial pairings didn't blow up in his face. In retrospect, he miscalculated by back-loading his Sunday lineup. "It's not his fault," Sergio Garcia said Sunday night. Even so, Faldo will get unmitigated grief from the British press for failing to win a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup for Europe.

AZINGER IN 2010? (6:25 p.m. ET): Not since Jack Nicklaus in 1987 has a U.S. Captain served for a second time at a Ryder Cup. But perhaps Paul Azinger should remain the Captain for two more years, as the Ryder Cup moves to Wales in 2010.


After all, his changes in the way the team was selected -- four Captain's picks, more emphasis on winning tournaments and recent performance -- certainly panned out. He kept the U.S. team loose (it helped to have Boo Weekley, of course) and he reclaimed the Cup for the U.S. despite not having the world's best player on his team (although Tiger Woods did text-message him multiple times).

"I think 'Zinger has been an awesome captain," Phil Mickelson said. "It's all been fun and I've always enjoyed playing practice rounds with him and hanging with him because of his personality.

"He has a lot of enegy and he's funny. He rips on us and builds us up. He's been very enjoyable to be around this week."

Another thing that Azinger did was make sure the crowd was loud and supportive at Valhalla. He cranked up the volume even before play began with a Wednesday night pep rally in which he told the crowd it was OK to cheer missed putts, a statement he later had to clear up. He asked the fans to wear blue on Saturday, red on Sunday.

And as he rode in his cart, he continually engaged the crowd, even standing up in his cart on occasion like a general parading in front of his troops before battle.

"We created the 13th Man and I'm real proud of these people," Azinger said. "They made a big difference and kept our guys energized and our guys bought into the concept and they bonded. We just went out there with a one-shot-at-a-time mission and we did it."

It didn't take long for his players to push for Azinger in 2010. Phil Mickelson already has started the "Zinger in '10" campaign.

But Azinger may not want another two years. After all, it's an investment of time and emotion that can be taxing.

Still, if you win, the rewards are great.

So in case he does, let's ask again -- why not Azinger in 2010?

U.S. Captains serving multiple times
Captains Years Results
Walter Hagen 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937 4 wins, 2 losses
Ben Hogan 1947, 1949, 1967 3 wins
Sam Snead 1951, 1959, 1969 2 wins, 1 halved
Arnold Palmer 1963*, 1975 2 wins
Jack Nicklaus 1983, 1987 1 win, 1 loss
Jackie Burke Jr. 1957, 1973 1 win, 1 loss
* - Palmer was a U.S. Playing Captain in 1963

COLLECTIVE EFFORTS (6:20 p.m. ET): How about the Ryder Cup rookies perform? Or the Captain's picks? Here's a wide array of groupings and their collective efforts:

Sub-group performances
Group Players Result
Kentuckians Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes 4 wins, 1 loss, 2 halved
U.S. Ryder Cup rookies Ben Curtis, J.B. Holmes, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley 9 wins, 4 losses, 8 halved
European Ryder Cup rookies Soren Hansen, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Oliver Wilson 6 wins, 5 losses, 2 halved
U.S. Captain's picks Chad Campbell, J.B. Holmes, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker 6 wins, 3 losses, 5 halved
European Captain's picks Ian Poulter, Paul Casey 4 wins, 2 losses, 2 halved
Englishmen Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Oliver Wilson 8 wins, 6 losses, 4 halved
Spaniards Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez 0 wins, 4 losses, 3 halved
Swedes Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson 2 wins, 3 losses, 3 halved

SORRY, 18TH HOLERS (6:15 p.m. ET): Twelve matches were played on Sunday ... and only one made it to the 18th hole (the Hunter Mahan-Paul Casey halved match).

If you happened to set up shop at the 18th hole on Sunday, hoping to catch the possible drama there ... well, you were out of luck.

FINAL SCORE: 16-1/2 to 11-1/2 (6:11 p.m. ET): The last match is over, with Chad Campbell knocking off the world's 4th-ranked player Padraig Harrington 2 & 1. That seals the five-point win for the Americans, their largest margin of victory since winning by nine points in 1981.

Here are the American wins since the inclusion of continental Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1979:

U.S. Ryder Cup victories since 1979
Year Score Differential
1981 U.S. 18-1/2, Europe 9-1/2 9 points
1979 U.S. 17, Europe 11 6 points
2008 U.S. 16-1/2, Europe 11-1/2 5 points
1993 U.S. 15, Europe 13 2 points
1983 U.S. 14-1/2, Europe 13-1/2 1 point
1991 U.S. 14-1/2, Europe 13-1/2 1 point
1999 U.S. 14-1/2, Europe 13-1/2 1 point

MORE FROM FALDO (5:45 p.m. ET): The Europeans needed just a half-point out of the middle portion of their lineup to extend the Ryder Cup to the back-loaded lineup. Instead, they got zero.

Henrik Stenson, Oliver Wilson, Soren Hansen and Miguel Angel Jimenez each lost their Singles match Sunday. That means the matches with Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington have no impact.

"We just missed it by the one match," European Captain Nick Faldo said. "We had a plan that if we could just get to the last four guys ... well, look where it is."

PERRY ON HIS PUTTING (5:37 p.m. ET): Kenny Perry birdied four of the first five holes and then eagled the seventh hole, setting the table for his 3 & 2 win over Henrik Stenson. Perry credited his "magical day" Sunday to his putting stroke.

"I had the putting touch of Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus," Perry said. "I was in a zone. I had such a calm and coolness about me, and the fans here are just unbelievable.

"You know, I keep telling everybody, this is kind of my swan song, and what a way to go out."

Hopefully, he doesn't go out too soon. Perry is in the 30-man field for THE TOUR Championship next week.

U.S. CLINCHES CUP (5:19 p.m. ET): After missing his birdie putt, Miguel Angel Jimenez conceded the par putt to Jim Furyk, resulting in a 2 & 1 win for Furyk and the clinching point for the Americans.

Four matches remain, but the U.S. has the necessary 14-1/2 points for the victory.

The Ryder Cup is back on American soil for the first time since 1999.

"I poured my heart and soul into this for two years and the players poured their heart and soul into it for one week," U.S. Captain Paul Azinger said. "I couldn't be happier."

Said European Captain Nick Faldo: "We came up short, but not in pride and spirit."

ONE POINT AWAY (5:08 p.m. ET): J.B. Holmes just closed out his match with Soren Hansen, winning 2 & 1. That leaves the Americans just one point away from winning the Ryder Cup. If Jim Furyk halves the 17th hole with Miguel Angel Jimenez, he'll win his match and seal the American victory.

MIDDLE GUYS (4:58 p.m. ET): Despite front-loading his lineup, U.S. Captain Paul Azinger didn't exactly get a lot of production from the early portion of his lineup.

Sure, Anthony Kim set the tone with his win over Sergio Garcia, but of the first four matches, Europe won 2-1/2 of a possible 4 points.

But the middle portion of the American lineup is playing light's out. Kenny Perry and Boo Weekley won their matches, and J.B. Holmes and Jim Furyk are in control of theirs.

As a result, the back-loading done by European Captain Nick Faldo may not matter. The Americans are just two points away from claiming the Cup.

BOO'S FOCUS: (4:51 p.m.) Boo Weekley began his Singles match by galloping down the first fairway, riding his driver, and he ended by making a 20-footer for birdie and ceremoniously bowing to the Kentucky crowd.

His wife, Karyn, rushed onto the green. He leaned over to hug her and said, "We've got to pull the rest of them through."

PERRY CLOSES IN STYLE: (4:34 p.m.) Kenny Perry's dream week ended with a 3 & 2 victory over Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

The home crowd was chanting his name and Perry's family, including his father in his trademark overalls and red shirt, was there to share the moment with him. The Kentucky native went 2-1-1 and contributed 2 1/2 points to the U.S. cause.

"I said this was going to define my career, but this made my career," Perry said. "This is a week I'll never forget. It's the greatest experience of my life."

SHADES OF BROOKLINE: (4:13 p.m.) Hunter Mahan assured the U.S. of at least a half point when he rolled in a 50-footer for birdie at the 17th hole that would have made Justin Leonard proud.


When the ball dropped into the hole, Mahan erupted with a Tiger-esque celebration that included five fist pumps as he scooted across the green.

When the excitement died down, Paul Casey was unable to make his 20-footer to halve and Mahan went to the 18th tee 1 up. The jolt of adrenaline, though, may have been costly. Mahan hit his drive right into the pond while the Englishman found the fairway.

Stay tuned.

HUGE POINT FROM KIM: (3:50 p.m.) Anthony Kim may have picked up the first point of the afternoon, but the momentum appears to have shifted slightly.

The U.S. now leads in just four matches and is all square in a fifth. Coupled with Kim's point, that's enough to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999.

Europe, at the same time, now leads in six matches -- but needs seven points to retain the Cup.


PLAYING IN PAIN: (3:47 p.m.) There's no denying that Kenny Perry has loads of heart. Despite intense shoulder pain -- he began showing signs that he was hurting on the 10th hole of the Sunday Singles matches -- Perry continued to play against Henrik Stenson.

After stopping to meet with physiotherapists on the 11th hole, the 48-year-old Perry took some pain killers and carried on. No doubt the Kentucky crowd was grateful that one of their own displayed grit in fighting through the pain. Plus, his 2-up lead through 12 holes gave them something to cheer about.

WORST LOSS (3:30 p.m.): The 5 & 4 loss that Sergio Garcia suffered to Anthony Kim on Sunday is the Spaniard's worst loss in his Ryder Cup career. Here are Garcia's Ryder Cup losses, ranked by most decisive loss:

Garcia's Ryder Cup losses
Year Opponent Format Score
2008 Anthony Kim Singles 5 & 4
2008 Leonard/Mahan Four-Balls (w/Jimenez) 4 & 3
2006 Stewart Cink Singles 4 & 3
1999 Jim Furyk Singles 4 & 3
2002 David Toms Singles 1 up

MATCH TWO IS A TIGHT RACE (3:28 p.m.): The Mahan-Casey match has been a barn-burner, and it got even hotter on the par-3 14th. Mahan, who had just gone 1-up on the previous hole when Casey 3-putted, hit his tee shot just past the hole and watched as the slope behind the hole brought the ball back within 2 feet of the cup. Casey, who had a hole-in-one in the 2006 matches playing foursomes with David Howell, then used a different part of the slope with similar results, getting his ball just inside Mahan's. They conceded the putts to halve the hole.

ONE DOWN, 11 TO GO (3:25 p.m.): Anthony Kim draws first blood -- but he didn't know it.

Sergio Garcia missed a birdie putt that would have given him the win in a match that had gone dormie at the 15th hole. Then Kim proceeded to roll in a 10-footer to save par from the bunker -- and promptly headed for the next tee, totally unaware he had just won the first point for Team USA.

Suddenly, he realized what had happened. Kim turned around and ran back on the green. He hugged his caddie and shook hands with Garcia and vice captain Jose Maria Olazabal, then went over to U.S. skipper Paul Azinger who wrapped him in a bear hug and ruffled his hair.

"I wouldn't trade this for $10 million," Kim said.

BOOOOOOOOOO (2:53 p.m.): Boo Weekley is on a roll with four birdies and a hole-out eagle in his first eight holes to take a 3-up lead on Oliver Wilson. The eagle was simply amazing, having reached the greenside bunker right of the putting surface in two. He splashed out with a shot that looked too low and moving too fast, but it was right on line and rattled in. Weekley ran up the bank of the bunker and onto the green with his arms raised. The fans went absolutely bonkers.


A NICE COLD ONE (2:22 p.m.): As Padraig Harrington and Chad Campbell marched down the fairway after hitting their drives in the final singles match, European captain Nick Faldo jumped in his golf cart and drove up to the tee box in front of a large contingent of European fans. He then pulled a bag out of the back of the cart, and stood on the seat.

He proceeded to pull cans of beer out of the bag and toss them up to the fans. "It was the full case," Faldo said with a smile. "They earned it. They've been fantastic all week." Faldo was then getting ready to head out on the golf course, but not before thinking about his own beverage needs. "I think I need a quaff -- a quaff and a doughnut and then it's back out."

STRONG START FOR RED, WHITE AND BLUE (2:18 p.m.): Team USA started Sunday's Singles with a two-stroke advantage -- needing 5 1/2 points to win the Ryder Cup.

As Padraig Harrington and Chad Campbell teed off in the day's finale, the Americans were in great shape. Team USA led in eight matches, and the Europeans were ahead in three.

Anthony Kim was 3 up through nine holes with Europe's leader, Sergio Garcia, while Robert Karlsson led Justin Leonard by the same margin for the Europeans after eight holes. No one else was more than 2 up, though, and there is a lot of golf left to play.


SAVING THE BIG GUNS FOR SUNDAY (2:07 p.m.): A lot of the pre-tournament talk surrounded the big-hitting J.B. Holmes and whether he would drive the green at the 352-yard, par-4 13th hole in competition as he did on Tuesday during the practice round.

Holmes hasn't done it yet. But on Sunday he did hit his drive on the 375-yard fourth hole -- called "Short n'Sweet" -- into the rough beside the green. He chipped on and made birdie to halve the hole with Soren Hansen. So we'll see what happens on No. 13.

KIM TAKING CONTROL (1:45 p.m.): The news gets worse for Garcia at the seventh hole. Not only did he put one ball in the water to the left side green on the 601-yard par 5, the Spaniard inexplicably put a second one there. He conceded the hole to Kim at that point, and the young American walked triumphantly down the fairway, confident, 3 up and waving his ams to encourage the fans to cheer.

A LITTLE BIT OF COMPETITIVE SPIRIT (1:35 p.m.): The sixth hole, a 500-yarder aptly named "The Bear," is the fourth longest par 4 in Ryder Cup history. Sergio Garcia won't soon forget it after hitting his drive into some heavy grass on the deep bank near the creek that bisects the fairway.


First, Garcia, with the assistance of vice captain Jose Maria Olazabal, had to find and identify the ball. Then he asked Rules Official John Parmour for relief because his left foot would be touching some nearby stone steps if he hit it back into the fairway.

At this point, Anthony Kim, who had already hit his second shot onto the green about 60 feet away, became involved in the discussion. He came over and talked with both Garcia and Parmour, then finally walked away, saying "Do what you've got to do."

Paramour confirmed that Garcia had interference with his stance and that the ball was unplayable. Garcia went back into the fairway and took his drop, then hit his third shot onto the green about 20 feet from the pin for what would be an amazing save. Kim left his birdie attempt about 5 feet short while Garcia missed his par effort. He went ahead and made the bogey putt before Kim attempted his par save.

Kim's ball found the middle of the hole, and he raised both arms into the air to salute the crowd as he went 2 up on Europe's Mr. Ryder Cup.

ONLY FROM BOO (1:12 p.m.): This one will make the highlight reels. Crowd favorite Boo Weekley hit his opening tee shot and then galloped down the fairway -- riding his driver like one of the Kentucky thoroughbreds. The Boo-S-A cheers weren't far behind.


PERRY ENJOYS HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE (1:09 p.m.): As expected, the crowd was behind Kenny Perry, and the 48-year-old Kentuckian didn't disappoint. He whipped the crowd into a frenzy when he made a 12-footer for birdie, but his opponent Henrik Stenson, manned up to the challenge -- rolling in an 8-footer on top of him. This match could be a key one.

GREAT START FOR KIM (12:30 p.m. ET): Anthony Kim birdied the first two holes, thanks to two great approach shots, and is now 1 up over Sergio Garcia. Kim is a fiery, confident guy, a great pick to lead things off for the Americans.

AND THEY'RE OFF (12:05 p.m. ET): The first match of the day has started, with Anthony Kim taking on Sergio Garcia. The weather is excellent and no precipitation is expected. Should be a great day for golf.

SINGLES RESULTS (Noon ET): Here are the Singles points totals since 1979. The U.S. needs 5-1/2 points to win the Ryder Cup on Sunday; the Americans haven't won that many points in any of the last three Ryder Cups:

Singles results
Year U.S. points European points
2006 3-1/2 8-1/2
2004 4-1/2 7-1/2
2002 4-1/2 7-1/2
1999 8-1/2 3-1/2
1997 8 4
1995 4-1/2 7-1/2
1993 7-1/2 4-1/2
1991 6-1/2 5-1/2
1989 7 5
1987 7-1/2 4-1/2
1985 4-1/2 7-1/2
1983 6-1/2 5-1/2
1981 8 4
1979 8-1/2 3-1/2