Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Sunday Singles


D. Clarke
VS. Z. 


Z. Johnson
Last update: 15:57 GMT
MATCH 7 - FINALRESULT: Europe Wins 3 & 2
D. Clarke4434444344425345  
Z. Johnson443535L345434345  
Match Progress                  

Hole Yards Par Hole Highlights
1 418 4 US rookie Zach Johnson is faced with a wall of noise in support of Irish favourite Darren Clarke and shows great composure to fire a drive that rolls into the semi-rough near the left-hand bunker. Up steps Clarke to another amazing reception and he sends a three wood down the right. Johnson catches his second shot a bit heavy but gets away with it, as his ball rolls onto the front of the green. Clarke's approach finds the putting surface but he is outside of his opponent. Johnson fails to make his putt and the hole is halved in four.
2 413 4 Hole halved in four. 
3 170 3 Still nothing to separate Clarke and Johnson after another hole is halved in par. Johnson misses golden birdie opportunity from seven feet.
4 568 5 Johnson finds the trees and the American is forced to play out sideways. He reaches the green in four, six foot from the pin, but Clarke, in a greenside bunker in two, splashed out and holes his birdie putt. Clarke moves one-up 
5 440 4 Johnson is 20 yards behind Clarke off tee but manages to get inside the Irishman on the green. Clarke two-putts for a four but Johnson holes a 25 foot downhill putt to snatch a winning birdie. Match back to all square.  
6 478 4 Clarke pulls his drive left into an area trampled flat by spectators. The Ulsterman makes the most of his break by turning a three iron onto the green to within 30 feet. Johnson pitches on with his third, but leaves his ball ten feet short of the cup. The American's putt misses right and Clarke wins hole with a par. Europe one-up.  
7 430 4 Johnson dumps his tee shot into the lake. After taking a drop, the US rookie comes up short of the green with his third. Clarke plays to the safe part of the puting surface and two-putts for so a par. Clarke now two clear. 
8 173 3 Short third halved in par. Europe are ahead in seven games and look to be cruising to a comfortable victory. 
9 461 4 Clarke has a makeable putt to win the hole but leaves it just short. Hole halved so Clarke makes the turn two ahead and with the roars of the crowd ringing in his ears. 
10 584 5 Clarke drains a 40 feet swinging putt down the hill for a brilliant birdie four to go three-up.
11 415 4 Hole halved in four. 
12 182 3 An enormous cheer can be heard across the Palmer Course after local favourite Darren Clarke holes a monster putt estimated at 100 feet in length. Having narrowly missed the green off the tee, Clarke putts from the fringe all the way down the long green and rattles his ball straight into the middle of the cup. A stunned Johnson has to chip in from back left of the green just to halve the hole. The American gives it a good run but falls four holes behind.
13 428 4 Johnson hits back with a four after Clarke races his short par putt past the hole, for his first bogey of the day. Europe lead by three. 
14 213 3 Brilliant four iron leaves Clarke with a birdie chance but misses. Hole halved in par 
15 446 4 Clarke almost holes his snaking downhill putt which is conceded for a par. Johnson lags his effort and Clarke concedes a three footer to send the match down the 16th.
16 555 5 Stenson secures the winning putt in the match behind as Clarke plays his approach into the 16th. The massive crowds around the green give the Irishman a hero's welcome. Clarke lags his putt up and when Johnson fails to hole for birdie, the American lifts Clarke's marker and concedes the match 3 & 2. The celebrations that follow are unforgettable. Clarke breaks down in tears and is showered in hugs from Ian Woosnam, Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods, among others, while thousands more fans join the party by walking up the fairway.
17 424 4  
18 537 5