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Sergio Garcia at the seventh hole during his match against Phil Mickelson at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 19 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia at the seventh hole during his match against Phil Mickelson at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 19 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

All the Drama from the Final Afternoon


September 19, 2004

Match 11 - Harrington beat Haas by 1Up

Harrington provides a fitting conclusion to The 35th Ryder Cup Matches, winning his match against Jay Haas on the last green and the party could truly get underway. Harrington got off to a terrible start with a double bogey on the first but got his match back on track with an eagle on the second, holing from ten feet, and got his nose in front on the fourth. By the eighth he was three up and seemingly in control but Haas fought back to one down with three to play. In a glorious conclusion Harrington makes sure of a last hole victory with a 20 foot downhill putt and Europe reach a record 18.5 - 9.5 win over the United States.

Match 12 - McGinley beat Cink by 3&2

Paul McGinley dominated the final match against Stewart Cink winning 3&2. Cink struggled from the outset double bogeying the first and bogeying the third to go two down. He also dropped a shot on the fourth to go three down. McGinley went four up when his American opponent made another bogey on the eighth. The Irishman then cruised home on the back nine and had a chance to win on the 15th but Cink nailed a long par putt to avoid going four down. On the difficult par 16th McGinley hit the green in two fine shots to set up a par and secure the win and put the match score at 17.5 - 9.5. McGinley's singles match was not as dramatic as when he holed the winning putt to win the match for Europe two years ago but the final day will feel just as euphoric.

Match 9 - Levet beat Funk by 1Up

Levet was always in control from the moment he pulled two clear when Funk bogeyed the fourth and fifth. Levet then holesd a wonderful putt across the green on the seventh from 15 feet to move three ahead but bogeys on the 12th and 13th by the Frenchman and the gap closed to one hole. A wonderful cameo occurred when both players played magnificent tee shots on the 13th as first the American hits to a foot and then Levet hits inside it. Hole halved in two and the pair walked up the fairway to load cheers. Levet extends his lead to two holes on the 14th and although the gap was back to one on the next hole, held on to take another point for Europe on the final green to take the overall score to 16.5 to 9.5.

Match 8 - Jimenez lost to DiMarco by 1Up

In another close match on the final day Miguel Angel Jimenez was beaten on the 18th by Chris DiMarco. The Spaniard was one up after 11 but the battling DiMarco birdied the par five 12th for a win while a par on 14 saw him go one up. Jimenez got back to level with a par on the 15th before a costly bogey by Jimenez saw him go one down on 16. Both players parred home with DiMarco having to hole a testing downhill putt for par on the last from seven feet.;It marked another good performance by DiMarco who formed a great partnership with Haas in the pairs. Victory by DiMarco improved his team's score by a point updating the match result to 15.5 - 9.5.

Match 10 - Poulter beat Riley by 3&2

Ian Poulter, determined to win a point after losing in Saturday's fourball matches, overcame Chris Riley 3&2. The young English rookie was never headed although he was pushed all the way by fellow rookie Riley. Poulter was one up at the turn and he moved two up with a par on the 14th. He then made a great birdie on the following hole to move three up with three to play and sealed victory by halving the 16th with a par four. It was a great moment for the rising star who made the European team in the final qualifying event in Germany. His victory put the match score at 15.5 - 8.5.

Match 6 - Montgomerie beat Toms by 1Up

An emotional Colin Montgomerie fittingly won The 34th Ryder Cup Matches for Europe by beating David Toms by one hole. The Scot's victory gave Europe an unbeatable 14.5 points and allowed him to maintain his unbeaten record in Ryder Cup singles in seven appearances. The man who has been the mainstay of so many successes for Europe in The Ryder Cup holed a four foot par putt on the 18th after Toms had made a fine 10 footer for par. Montgomerie, who birdied the opening two holes to go two up, had been one up playing the last after a tight battle. He was never down in the match but was all square with his American opponent with three to play. However, Montgomerie made a vital birdie three on the 16th after holing a 12 foot birdie putt. He then made a great up and down for par on the penultimate hole by holing out from four feet. With a huge crowd assembled on the last Montgomerie crowned another outstanding Ryder Cup by making a pressure filled two putt from the back of the green. The match score moves to 14.5 - 8.5.

Match 5 - Westwood beat Perry by 1Up

Lee Westwood secures a one hole victory to ensure Europe retain The Ryder Cup. Westwood's victory took Europe to 13.5 points and with Montgomerie guaranteed a half in the match behind, one up playing the last, Europe could not lose. It was a fantastic achievement by Westwood, fighting back from two down after seven, to win the match on the last. Westwood joins Garcia as joint top points scorer with four and a half points from five. The overall score moves to Europe 13.5 USA 8.5.

Match 7 - Donald lost to Campbell by 5&3

Bogeys on the third and fourth put Donald on the back foot early and he struggled to get a foothold in his first singlesmatch. Donald goes further behind when Campbell holes from 30 feet on the eighth for a birdie. An inspired Campbell moved five ahead after the 12th and the match was eventually closed out 5 and 3 on the 15th green. Another point for the US Team and the overall score moves to 12.5 - 8.5

Match 3 - Clarke halved with Love

A huge match with both players on top of their game ended with a fitting half point each and Europe move to within one and a half points of victory. Clarke was never ahead and was lying two down with three to play but played a senstational approach to the 16th and holed the putt for a winning birdie three to close the gap to one with two to play. On the short 17th Clarke goes long off the tee but Love fails to capitalise and pushes his tee shot in the right bunker. Clarke then plays an incredible chip and in it goes. All square playing the last. With so much resting on this match, Clarke hits huge drive down the last but Love pulls his slightly into a horrible thick lie. Love has no option but to lay up from the rough, but with Clarke on the green, pitches to five feet. The drama is not over as Love missed and Clarke faced a putt to to win the match from three feet but it too lips out. The overall score moves to Europe 12.5
USA 7.5.

Match 2 - Garcia beats Mickelson by 3&2

Spaniard Sergio Garcia was two down after eight holes but turned the match around by birdieing three on the trot from the ninth to go one up. Garcia made a fine birdie putt from 25 feet on the 10th go all square and hit a marvelous second to a foot to set up another birdie on the next to move one up. A par was enough for him to go two up on the 13th and he made an important five footer for par and a half on 15. Mickelson needed a strong finish to rescue his situation but he lost the match when he hit his second into water on the par four 16th. Garcia made a seven footer for par to win 3&2 and claim his first single victory in the Ryder Cup in three attempt. The Overall score moves to Europe 12 USA 7.

Match 4 - Howell lost to Furyk by 6&4

England's David Howell got off to a rough start and bogeyed the first two holes to immediately go two down. The Ryder Cup rookie never recovered and was five down at the turn after dropping more shots on four and eight. Furyk birdied the fourth to make matters worse for Howell. Howell, who won a crucial point with compatriot Paul Casey on Saturday in the morning fourballs, got back to four down with a par on 11 but was unable make further progress from there. He sealed his fate when he double bogeyed the par three 13th to slip to five down with five to play. Furyk made a birdie three on the par four 14th to win the match 6&5. The Overall score moves to Europe 11 USA 7.

Match 1 - Casey lost to Woods by 3&2

Tiger Woods gets the US Team off to exactly the start they needed with a comfortable 3 and 2 victory over Paul Casey to get the first point on the board. Neither player was firing on all cylinders and Casey was on the back foot from the moment he three putted the first hole to go one down. Dropped shots on the third and fifth cost the young Englishman another hole the score remained two down until the 12th. Woods hit two magnificent shots onto the par five and the crowds erupted as the eagle putt disappeared down the hole. Casey had no answer, and the match was settled on the 16th green when both players made par. The overall score moves to Europe 11 USA 6.

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