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Match 18 Recap Capsule
Stewart Cink, the man who has been an anchor for the U.S. side this week and who broke the hearts of many Englishmen by beating adopted son Tom Watson at the 2009 Open Championship, had an opportunity to play the spoiler once again as he took on Europe's newest prodigy, Rory McIlroy. Cink converted a difficult up-and-down on the first hole but McIlroy drained a 15-foot birdie putt to seize an early lead. When McIlroy claimed the second hole as well, the match had all the markings of a runaway. But Cink showed why he's been a three-time captain's pick by winning the next two holes. The seesaw nature of the battle remained throughout. In fact, through eight holes, the match had seen only one halve. Though both players settled in, the close nature of the match remained throughout. Cink missed three crucial putts on the final three holes, while McIlroy made three difficult putts to earn a win and two halves and gained the European team a critical half-point.
On the driveable and pivotal 15th hole, Cink drove the green and had an eagle putt of around 20 feet. McIlroy's drive found the left bunker beside the green. However, McIlroy's sand shot was excellent, leaving him a tap-in birdie. Cink's eagle putt missed short and left, leaving him not quite three feet for the birdie and the halve. His putt stayed right and the miss squared the match. The two played the final three holes even and the match was halved.
Team USA Quote
"I came back, but so did he. I was down early and I came back and got up and really righted the ship and played well. We both played well. You know, I had a couple short putts I missed out there in the second nine that I would like to have back but everybody has a couple of those, and overall though, I was pleased, and pleased not to lose a match in the Ryder Cup."
Team Europe Quote
"Yeah, probably didn't realise it at the time, but it was huge. You know, was Poults said there, to win this, to regain The Ryder Cup and bring it back to European soil, to do it for European golf and for Seve and for everyone involved; it's been the best week of my life."
2010 Ryder Cup Player Records
Stewart Cink: 1-1-2
Rory McIlroy: 1-1-2
Career Ryder Cup Player Records
Stewart Cink: 5-7-7
Rory McIlroy: 1-1-2