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Match Recaps: Sunday Singles

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MATCH 17
ANTHONY KIM def. SERGIO GARCIA, 5 and 4

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Instant analysis: A star is born. We all knew Anthony Kim had tons of talent, but he exceeded expectations at the Ryder Cup on Sunday. Tasked with setting the tone against Sergio Garcia, the heart-and-soul of the European Team, Kim didn't disappoint. He started 3-3-3-3 and was 3 up when Garcia rinsed not one, but two balls in the water beside the green at the par-5 seventh. Kim went dormie when Garcia hit his second shot at the 13th hole from a fairway bunker to the 14th tee and was unable to save par. Then it was just a matter of time.

Key moment: Kim hit enough great shots to fuel a highlight reel. But he displayed great moxie when he inserted himself into a discussion between Sergio Garcia and rules official John Paramour on the sixth hole. This 23-year-old is not about to back off of a challenge -- which is exactly what Team USA needs.

Player report card
Kim (2-1-1): A-plus.
The rookie was spectacular in beating the man who has been Europe's most formidable performer. He set the tone for the day and ended up contributing 2 � points to the U.S. cause.

Sergio Garcia (0-2-2): C- The Spaniard was clearly not himself this week. He actually asked European Captain Nick Faldo if he could sit on Saturday morning. That said, the swagger was back when he returned to the lineup but Kim was simply too tough in Singles.

What they said
Kim: "You can't underestimate Sergio. Obviously, he has a great record. I just wanted to keep my nose to the ground and keep grinding away. I welcomed the challenge. Sergio is a friend of mine, he's a great player and I have looked up to him for a long time. I have tremendous respect for him.

"I wouldn't trade this for $10 million. This has been the experience of a lifetime. I will draw on this and the friends I have made for a long time."

Garcia: "I have played with him a couple of times and I know what he is capable of. Nos. 7 and 8 were huge. After that, when it was time to start getting back into it, the short miss at 11 put the dagger in me.

"Today was a hard day. I played against a guy who played awesome. I just couldn't get anything going right today.

MATCH 18
HUNTER MAHAN HALVED PAUL CASEY

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Instant analysis: A tremendous match with few mistakes, until Mahan splashed his drive at the 18th to open the door for Casey to salvage a halve. Mahan never trailed after squaring the match with a birdie at the second and he led for 12 of the 18 holes.

Key moments: After Casey squared things with a 12-foot birdie at 16, Mahan dropped in a 50-foot birdie to reclaim a 1-up lead. Mahan, however, pushed his drive at 18 into the water, and Casey reached the green in two for an easy birdie that left the players tied.

Player report card
Mahan (2-0-3): A-minus. The rookie proved to be a tremendous partner for veterans Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard, and he provided many electric moments with the putter.

Casey (0-1-2): B-minus. A captain's pick, Casey didn't win a match, and he struggled with his putting for much of the week before converting a few against Mahan.

What they said
Hunter Mahan:
"It's been a long week, but a whole lot of fun. I knew our match was going to be big, and I had to get something out of it. That putt at 17, it hit the back of the hole luckily. It was a big moment."

MATCH 19
ROBERT KARLSSON def. JUSTIN LEONARD, 5 AND 3

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Instant analysis: Karlsson, a winner on the European PGA Tour last week, rode the wave of momentum created by his back-nine six-under-par 30 in Saturday afternoon's Fourball match. Had a pair of kick-in birdies to jump-start the victory.

Key moments: Leonard, who putted like a cold-blooded assassin in his three earlier matches, had two key birdie misses early in the match that cost him two holes. Those two five-footers could have made a difference, but Karlsson was a little too much to handle.

Player report card
Leonard: (2-1-1) B.
Was a key reason the United States established its lead on the first day, scoring two valuable points. His only loss in the tie was to Karlsson, where he did not win a hole.

Karlsson: (1-1-2) B+. Was shaky in his opening-match loss, pairing with Harrington, but produced some of the most solid golf on the European side after the opening loss.

They said it
Karlsson:
"The experience was fantastic. Every time I play in the Ryder Cup I want to come back. It is such an electric atmosphere. This is why you practice all those years.''

MATCH 20
JUSTIN ROSE def. PHIL MICKELSON, 3 AND 2

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Instant analysis: The two halved the first fives holes with four pars and a birdie, but the rest of the match belonged to the talented European rookie. Rose made three birdies over his next seven holes and, coupled with a Mickelson bogey at the sixth hole, built a 4-up advantage at the 12th hole. Mickelson has not won a Singles match at the Ryder Cup since 1999.

Key moment: Rose was in control, but he still finished things off with a flourish -- making a 30-footer for birdie on the 16th hole to collect the second European point of the afternoon. The 13th-ranked raised his putter in the air and doffed his cap in salute to the crowd.

Player report card
Phil Mickelson (1-2-2): B-minus.
Mickelson played well in the team portion -- contributing two points, which was a half-point more than he'd produced in the last two Ryder Cups combined. His futility in Singles inexplicably continues, though.

Justin Rose (3-1-0): B-plus. Rose prospered in the team competition with his childhood friend, Ian Poulter, and then took down the No. 2 player in the world in Singles. This will likely be the first of many Ryder Cups for Rose.

MATCH 21
KENNY PERRY def. HENRIK STENSON, 3 AND 2

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Instant analysis: A magical week for Perry culminated in a dominating performance over the favored Swede. All that local knowledge for the Kentucky native seemed to pay off with an impeccable performance. Five birdies for Stenson just wasn't enough.

Key moments: With four birdies in the first five holes, Perry managed to gain the upper hand as well as the psychological edge. Stenson fought hard, but Perry was unshakable.

Player report card
Perry (2-1-1): A-minus. He said this Ryder Cup will define his career. Not a bad way to go considering just how well he played with all that pressure upon him, and which he also put upon himself.

Stenson (1-1-2): B-minus. Played well in stretches. He drew some tough opponents.

What they said
Perry: "My dad, my wife, my three kids came out on the green to give me big hugs. I couldn't hold back the tears. Magical day for me. It's the greatest day of my life. The people here in Kentucky are great, and to come out and make seven or eight birdies today and have the putting touch of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus just was phenomenal. I mean, I had such a calm about me, and I was just so determined.

"You know, Henrik is a great guy, and he's a good friend. You know, I just told him, I said, "We're going to have a good day. Let's battle hard." He looked at me on the sixth hole, and he said, "You're going to make it tough on me today, aren't you?" I said, 'Well, this is my last hurrah. This was kind of the swan song of my career.' What a way to go out."

MATCH 22
BOO WEEKLEY def. OLIVER WILSON, 4 and 2

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Instant analysis: This was no contest as the supercharged Weekley shot a lights out 30 on the front nine to establish a commanding 3-up lead while leading cheers from the partisan spectators. Never let up after that with a rock-solid game from tee-to-green. He was 8-under-par when he closed Wilson out with a birdie on the 16th.

Key moment: Weekley already had birdied holes 3, 4 and 5 to turn a 1 down deficit into a 1-up lead when he hit his second on the 601-yard, par-5 seventh into a greenside bunker. Weekley holed it for an electrifying eagle that produced roars heard in the next county.

Player report card
Weekley: (2-0-1) A.
The rookie all the key shots like a champion save for a drive into the drink on the 18th hole that gave the European team a halve in a fourball match. He was unbeatable after that and the crowd favorite's good ol' boy enthusiasm was contagious.

Wilson: (1-1-0) B. Had no chance against Weekley in the singles, but made the clinching birdie putt on the 17th hole on Saturday in his first Ryder Cup match as he and Henrik Stenson came from four down to defeat Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim.

They said it
Weekley:
"This (Ryder Cup golf) is right up my alley here. I couldn't put (the experience) in words. I'm still nervous and shakin' as all get out.''

MATCH 23
J.B. HOLMES def. SOREN HANSEN

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Instant analysis: This was a close one. No one led more than 2 up, and that Holmes advantage at No. 6 lasted just one hole. Hansen only led three holes but he squared the match for the final time with a birdie at the 15th hole. Holmes answered by unleashing a massive drive at the 16th hole that veered left, but kept rolling and rolling and rolling, finally kicking back into the first cut of rough. He took advantage of that break with a textbook approach that settled 12 feet from the pin for the birdie that put him ahead at 1 up.

Key moment: Holmes cranked another huge drive at the 17th hole and didn't even look as it kept rolling out into the fairway. He took several deep breaths to steady himself before he hit his approach to 2 feet. Hansen, meanwhile, was short of the green. The Dane elected to putt up and over the ridge and while his ball hit the hole, it didn't fall. He made his par, then Holmes took center stage. He calmly rolled in the birdie putt and raised his arms skyward in jubilation. The first player to hug Holmes was fellow Kentuckian Kenny Perry.

Player report card
J.B. Holmes (2-0-1): B-plus. Holmes had good partners in Fourball but he came into his own in this gritty Singles match. The rookie grew up an hour from Louisville and like Perry, played with the expectations of an entire population. On Sunday, he delivered.

Soren Hansen (0-2-1): B-minus. The Dane proved to be a solid putter and a good partner in his Ryder Cup debut. His game was mismatched with Holmes on Sunday, though, and the big-hitter finally prevailed.

What they said
Holmes: "This is the best moment of my life right now. It's just an unbelievable day. I don't know what to say."

MATCH 24
JIM FURYK def. MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ, 2 AND 1

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Instant analysis: Furyk, who improved to 4-1-1 in singles, played a smart and impeccable match and was clearly the better player. Jimenez struggled to find the range with his putter all day.

Key moments: A birdie-birdie start to the back nine restored a 2-up lead that he had secured after three holes only to see it vanish at the turn. Jimenez could have made things more interesting, but he missed a 4-foot birdie putt at the 14th to stay 3 behind, and that cost him.

Player report cards
Furyk (2-1-1): A-minus.
Scoring the clinching point was a deserving highlight for America's gritty veteran, who even in his four-ball loss Saturday afternoon was a rock. Made 13 birdies on his own ball between Saturday four-ball and Sunday singles.

Jimenez (0-2-1): C-minus. He looked good smoking cigars on the sidelines and supporting his teammates, but he missed to many key putts over the course of his matches.

MATCH 25
GRAEME MCDOWELL def. STEWART CINK, 2 AND 1

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Instant analysis: McDowell survived Cink's best punch when the American birdied holes 2, 3 and 4. The European answered two and lost only one hole. Then he benefited when Cink seemed to lose his best stuff, failing to make another birdie while losing three holes with back-breaking bogies.

Key moment: Cink hacked it up on the seventh hole, taking five shots on the par 5 before McDowell played his third. He lost his 1 up lead and never led again after another bogey on the ninth hole.

Player report card
Cink (1-2-0) C-.
Did not bring his 'A' game to the competition, but he finally was on a winning side after three losses.

McDowell (2-1-1) A. Ranked right up there with Poulter and Karlsson as Europe's best. Brought a stout game and a real competitive spirit to his first Ryder Cup.

MATCH 26
IAN POULTER def. STEVE STRICKER, 3 AND 2

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Instant analysis: Poulter made birdie on three of his first four holes to go 2 up and never looked back. The colorful Englishman shot 6 under in the 17 holes he played and continued his romp through the Ryder Cup. One of Nick Faldo's two Captain's Picks, he more than proved any critics wrong in going the distance and winning four of the five matches he played. Stricker, who had played so solidly in his Four-Ball matches with Ben Curtis, was just never able to get anything going.

Key moment: Here's another player with a personal highlight reel of pin-point irons and a plethora of fist pumps. But when he got up and down from an awkward stance in the bunker at the 16th hole, eventually rolling in a 12-footer for par to win the match, Poulter was decidedly subdued as the American victory was already assured. Given the valiant way he had played all week, it was a sad moment. He applauded and pointed at the crowd, which was serenading him with "ole-ole-ole" as he walked off the green.

Player report card
Steve Stricker (0-2-1) C-plus.
The rookie was solid in his best-ball matches, but only made two birdies in Singles. He simply couldn't keep pace with the red-hot Englishman.

Ian Poulter (4-1-0) A-plus. He tried as hard as but he just couldn't carry the Europeans to victory. Poulter's performance was extremely impressive, nonetheless.

What they said
Poulter:
"It's not about individuals this week. It's all about the team. Unfortunately, we came up a little short. ... It's very disappointing."

MATCH 27
BEN CURTIS VS. LEE WESTWOOD, 2 AND 1

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Instant analysis: Practically nobody gave Curtis a chance against the veteran Westwood, who has been a stalwart for Europe, but hadn't put together the best singles record. He dropped to 2-4 after losing what was expected to be a key match, the penultimate match.

Key moments: With a spectacular eagle at the 10th, Westwood went 2 up, but Curtis, who improved as the wee went on, made six birdies, including three in the last four holes. The quiet rookie won five of the last seven holes.

Player report cards
Curtis (1-1-1) B.
He predicted that singles might be easier than team play and he would feel freed up. He was right, as his performance showed in knocking off the heavily favored Westwood.

Westwood (0-2-2): B. With halves in his first two matches he tied Arnold Palmer for scoring in the most consecutive matches at 12. But the rest of his weekend was a loss. What's lost is just how well he played, even in his two losses.

MATCH 28
CHAD CAMPBELL def. PADRAIG HARRINGTON, 2 AND 1

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Instant analysis: The 12th match was more of a disappointing and anticlimactic loss for Harrington than a resounding victory for Campbell. Harrington, who played so well in winning the British Open and PGA Championship, was badly off form, his theme for the week. He made seven bogies over the course 17 holes.

Key moment: Pick a bogey, any bogey. There were 11 combined in the match. But this one turned on back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes by Harrington that gave Campbell a 2-up lead.

Player report card
Campbell (2-1-1) B. Could have played better but no matter how you frame it, Campbell came away with a winning record, his first in three Ryder Cup appearances.

Harrington (0-3-1) D-. Early on Harrington made almost every crucial putt he looked at, but poor ball striking wore down the putter, leaving him with 1/2 point for the tie. The Europeans certainly expected more from one of the world's best players.