2012 Ryder Cup Winner, Match Scores, Player Records

The 2012 Ryder Cup was the 39th 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, 12 for Team Europe, with two draws.

Final Score: Europe 14.5, United States 13.5

Dates Played: September 28-30, 2012

Golf Course: Medinah Country Club (Course No. 3) in Medinah, Illinois

Team Captains: Jose Maria Olazabal for Europe (Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul McGinley vice captains); Davis Love III for the United States (Fred Couples, Mike Hulbert, Jeff Sluman, Scott Verplank vice captains)

Team Rosters:

  • Europe — Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ian Poulter
  • USA — Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson
Match Notes: Team Europe was led by Jose Maria Olazabal, who, as a golfer, formed half the fabled "Spanish Armada" with Seve Ballesteros — the most successful pairing in Ryder Cup history. Ballesteros, whose fiery talent helped turn the Ryder Cup around for Europe, died a year earlier. European players wore a patch with Seve's silhouette and had it embroidered on their golf bags. Perhaps that helped charge their final-day comeback to win the 2012 Ryder Cup.

In the 1999 Ryder Cup, it was Team USA that came back, in the final-day singles, from a 10-6 deficit to win. Here, it was Team Europe that pulled off that comeback.

Trailing 10-6 entering singles, Europe's Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie reeled off five consecutive wins to start the singles session. Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood added two more.

That brought the events to the second-to-last match, Martin Kaymer vs. Steve Stricker. And Kaymer secured the point that kept the Cup in Team Europe's hands when he sank a 6-foot putt on the final hole to win his match.

Stricker, a captain's pick, went 0-4-0. He and Tiger Woods partnered in three doubles matches and lost all three. Another captain's pick, Ian Poulter, went 4-0-0.

2012 Ryder Cup Results

Day 1

  • Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell, Europe, def. Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker, USA, 1-up
  • Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley, USA, def. Luke Donald/Sergio Garcia, 4 and 3
  • Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson, USA, def. Lee Westwood/Francesco Molinari, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Ian Poulter/Justin Rose, Europe, def. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods, USA, 2 and 1
Score after first session: USA 2, Europe 2


  • Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson, USA, def. Paul Lawrie/Peter Hanson, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson, USA, def. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Lee Westwood/Nicolas Colsaerts, Europe, def. Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker, USA, 1-up
  • Matt Kuchar/Dustin Johnson, USA, def. Martin Kaymer/Justin Rose, Europe, 3 and 2
Score of second session: USA 3, Europe 1
Cumulative score after two sessions: USA 5, Europe 3

Day 2

  • Justin Rose/Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson, USA, 1-up
  • Keegan Bradley/Phil Mickelson, USA, def. Lee Westwood/Luke Donald, Europe, 7 and 6
  • Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson, USA, def. Nicolas Colsaerts/Sergio Garcia, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker, USA, def. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell, Europe, 1-up
Score of third session: USA 3, Europe 1
Cumulative score after three sessions: USA 8, Europe 4


  • Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar, USA, def. Nicolas Colsaerts/Paul Lawrie, Europe, 1-up
  • Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson, USA, def. Justin Rose/Francesco Molinari, Europe, 5 and 4
  • Sergio Garcia/Luke Donald, Europe, def. Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker, USA, 1-up
  • Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson, USA, 1-up
Score of fourth session: Europe 2, USA 2
Cumulative score after four sessions: USA 10, Europe 6

Day 3

  • Luke Donald, Europe, def. Bubba Watson, USA, 2 and 1
  • Ian Poulter, Europe, def. Webb Simpson, 1-up
  • Rory McIlroy, Europe, def. Keegan Bradley, USA, 2 and 1
  • Justin Rose, Europe, def. Phil Mickelson, USA, 1-up
  • Paul Lawrie, Europe, def. Brandt Snedeker, USA, 5 and 3
  • Dustin Johnson, USA, def. Nicolas Colsaerts, Europe, 3 and 2
  • Zach Johnson, USA, def. Graeme McDowell, Europe, 2 and 1
  • Sergio Garcia, Europe, def. Jim Furyk, USA, 1-up
  • Jason Dufner, USA, def. Peter Hanson, Europe, 2-up
  • Lee Westwood, Europe, def. Matt Kuchar, USA, 3 and 2
  • Martin Kaymer, Europe, def. Steve Stricker, USA, 1-up
  • Francesco Molinari, Europe, halved with Tiger Woods, USA
Score of fifth session: Europe 8.5, USA 3.5
Overall and final score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5

2012 Ryder Cup Player Records

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

Nicolas Colsaerts, 1-3-0
Luke Donald, 2-2-0
Sergio Garcia, 2-2-0
Peter Hanson, 0-2-0
Martin Kaymer, 1-1-0
Paul Lawrie, 1-2-0
Graeme McDowell, 1-3-0
Rory McIlroy, 3-2-0
Francesco Molinari, 0-2-1
Ian Poulter, 4-0-0
Justin Rose, 3-2-0
Lee Westwood, 2-2-0

United States
Keegan Bradley, 3-1-0
Jason Dufner, 3-1-0
Jim Furyk, 1-2-0
Dustin Johnson, 3-0-0
Zach Johnson, 3-1-0
Matt Kuchar, 2-1-0
Phil Mickelson, 3-1-0
Webb Simpson, 2-2-0
Brandt Snedeker, 1-2-0
Steve Stricker, 0-4-0
Bubba Watson, 2-2-0
Tiger Woods, 0-3-1

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