2010 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 2010 Ryder Cup was the 38th time this match play tournament between teams representing Europe and the United States was played. Following the European victory, the all-time standings were 25 wins for Team USA, 11 for Team Europe, with two draws.

Final Score: Europe 14.5, United States 13.5

Dates Played: October 1-4, 2010

Golf Course: Celtic Manor Resort (Twenty Ten Course) in Newport, Wales

Team Captains: Corey Pavin for the United States (Paul Goydos, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Jeff Sluman vice captains), Colin Montgomerie for Europe (Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke vice captains)

Team Rosters:

  • USA — Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler
  • Europe — Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Peter Hanson, Edoardo Molinari, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington
Match Notes: For the first time in Ryder Cup history, there was a Monday finish. Weather caused delays throughout the tournament, leading to a change in schedule. Rather than two days of four foursomes/four fourballs followed by 12 singles on Day 3, the 2010 Ryder Cup had to complete the opening fourballs on Day 2, followed by six foursomes; then played two foursomes and four fourballs on Day 3. The singles matches, usually played on the third and final day, were pushed back to a fourth day — a Monday finish.

And although Team USA won the foursomes session that was completed on Day 1, it was still an ominous start for the Americans, who, in driving rain, were dissatisfied with their rains suits. They were feeling weighed down by water. Some of the American players went into the clubhouse pro shop and bought replacement rain gear off the rack.

After the first two days (which included a total of 10 matches), Team USA was in the lead by two points. But the 2010 Ryder Cup turned on Day 3, when Team Europe won 5.5 of the available six points to take a 3-point lead.

Team USA made a match of it in singles, however. One of the highlights for Team USA was Rickie Fowler's comeback against Eduardo Molinari. Molinari was dormie, 3-up with three holes to play, only to watch Fowler sink a series of great putts to halve the match. That half-point prevented Molinari from winning it for Europe.

Everything came down to Graeme McDowell's match against Hunter Mahan, which was the only match remaining on the course. If McDowell won it, then Europe would win the Cup. If Mahan halved it, the 2010 Ryder Cup would end in a tie and Team USA would retain the Cup. McDowell was 1-up with three holes to play, and made a great birdie putt on the 16th hole to go dormie, 2-up. When Mahan bogied the 17th hole, McDowell had a 3-and-1 victory, and Team Europe had the Ryder Cup again.

Rory McIlroy made his Ryder Cup debut here for Team Europe, while Dustin Johnson was among the rookies on the American side. Phil Mickelson's 1-3-0 record meant that he had 17 career losses in the Ryder Cup — to this point, the record for most losses by any American golfer.

Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari played for Team Europe. They were the second pair of brothers to play on the same Ryder Cup team.

2010 Ryder Cup Results

Session 1

Fourball
  • Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson, USA, 3 and 2
  • Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA, halved with Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell, Europe
  • Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods, USA, def. Ian Poulter/Ross Fisher, Europe, 2-up
  • Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, def. Luke Donald/Padraig Harrington, Europe, 3 and 2
Score after Session 1: USA 2.5, Europe 1.5

Session 2

Foursomes
  • Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker, USA, def. Miguel Angel Jimenez/Peter Hanson, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan, USA, def. Edoardo Molinari/Franceso Molinari, Europe, 2-up
  • Jim Furyk/Rickie Fowler, USA, halved with Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, Europe
  • Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson, USA, 3 and 2
  • Ian Poulter/Luke Donald, Europe, def. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, 2 and 1
  • Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA, def. Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy, Europe, 1-up
Score of Session 2: USA 3.5, Europe 2.5
Cumulative score after two sessions: USA 6, Europe 4

Session 3

Foursomes
  • Luke Donald/Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods, USA, 6 and 5
  • Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlory, Europe, def. Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan, USA, 3 and 1
Fourball
  • Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher, Europe, def. Jim Furyk/Dustin Johnson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Peter Hanson/Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, def. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton, USA, 1-up
  • Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, Europe, halved with Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar, USA
  • Ian Poulter/Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler, USA, 2 and 1
Score of third session: Europe 5.5, USA 0.5
Cumulative score after three sessions: Europe 9.5, USA 6.5

Session 4

Singles
  • Steve Stricker, USA, def. Lee Westwood, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Stewart Cink, USA, halved with Rory McIlroy, Europe
  • Luke Donald, Europe, def. Jim Furyk, USA, 1-up
  • Dustin Johnson, USA, def. Martin Kaymer, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Matt Kuchar, USA, 5 and 4
  • Jeff Overton, USA, def. Ross Fisher, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, Europe, def. Bubba Watson, USA, 4 and 3
  • Tiger Woods, USA, def. Francesco Molinari, Europe, 4 and 3
  • Rickie Fowler, USA, halved with Eduardo Molinari, Europe
  • Phil Mickelson, USA, def. Peter Hanson, Europe, 4 and 2
  • Zach Johnson, USA, def. Padraig Harrington, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Hunter Mahan, USA, 3 and 1
Score of fourth session: USA 7, Europe 5
Overall and final score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5

2010 Ryder Cup Player Records

(Records are listed as wins-losses-halves.)

USA
Stewart Cink, 1-0-3
Rickie Fowler, 0-1-2
Jim Furyk, 0-2-1
Dustin Johnson, 1-3-0
Zach Johnson, 2-1-0
Matt Kuchar, 1-1-2
Hunter Mahan, 1-2-0
Phil Mickelson, 1-3-0
Jeff Overton, 2-2-0
Steve Stricker, 3-1-0
Bubba Watson, 1-3-0
Tiger Woods, 3-1-0

Europe
Luke Donald, 3-1-0
Ross Fisher, 2-2-0
Peter Hanson, 1-2-0
Padraig Harrington, 2-2-0
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2-1-0
Martin Kaymer, 2-1-1
Graeme McDowell, 2-1-1
Rory McIlroy, 1-1-2
Edoardo Molinari, 0-1-2
Francesco Molinari, 0-2-1
Ian Poulter, 3-1-0
Lee Westwood, 2-1-1

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