The Molinari brothers fought back for a valuable half (Getty Images)
Monty hails Super Sunday
Captain Colin Montgomerie hailed the ‘Super Sunday’ of The 2010 Ryder Cup as “one of the greatest days European golf has had”.
By Paul Symes, europeantour.com
With Europe going unbeaten in session three to earn five-and-a-half points out of a possible six, a beaming Montgomerie was delighted his Team had comfortably bettered the minimum requirement he had set of entering the Sunday Singles all square.
He said: “There’s no question I would’ve taken eight-all, even at the start of the day. I knew the Americans would come out strong, and it was our job to even come out even stronger than them. As soon as Lee Westwood holed his first putt from 40 feet down the hill on the 10th, I knew that what we had said last night in the Team room had been taken on board.
“So all credit to everybody in that Team today – I’ve always said that it takes 12 players to win The Ryder Cup. And all 12 on that course today performed brilliantly. In the 20 years since I first started playing in The Ryder Cup, I truly believe that that was one of the greatest days for European golf that we’ve ever had. To turn a two point deficit into a three point lead was quite amazing today. All credit to everybody – to stop America winning a match was fantastic.”
Montgomerie reserved special praise for the Molinari brothers, who in the final group kept Europe’s unbeaten record intact by levelling their game with a birdie four on the last hole.
He said: “There are mentions for everybody – you could go through every player in that Team. But you have to mention the Molinaris – there’s no question about that. They were one down playing the last, they knew they needed at worst a birdie, and to do what they did – two rookies, two brothers, with everybody who plays golf in Europe watching them – was a fantastic performance. For Francesco to hole that birdie putt on the last was just fantastic, and it made a big difference. The difference between 9½ -6½ and 9-7 is very big. So a special mention for them.”
There was also a special mention for wildcard pick Padraig Harrington – “He spoke brilliantly last night in the Team room, he’s been brilliant off the course, and he’s been brilliant on it” – and for the fans, with Montgomerie urging as many spectators as possible to turn up on the final day, when his Team require five points to regain The Ryder Cup.