On this day in 2014 – Europe retains the Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory

Europe defeated the United States at Gleneagles on this day in 2014 to defend the Ryder Cup.

Captain Paul McGinley’s side led 10-6 on the final day and ended up 16.5-11.5 victories at the Perthshire course.

Rookie Jamie Donaldson delivered the winning point by defeating former USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley 4&3.

Jamie Donaldson is congratulated by Rory McIlroy after sealing Europe’s win over the United States at the 2014 Ryder Cup (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The 38-year-old Welshman, playing in game 10, sealed the win after a stunning approach to the 15th green, sparking scenes of euphoria from the home fans.

McGinley said: “I’m very proud of each of these players. I couldn’t have asked for a gram more from them.

“I’ve been involved in so many Ryder Cups and seen mistakes we made.

“I changed things up a bit, getting the fifth vice-captain was a factor in the guys’ preparation, especially in the afternoon sessions, but we had 12 players who were great.”

Captain Paul McGinley is placed on the shoulders of Team Europe after the 2014 Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles (Mike Egerton/PA)

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The blue of Europe emerged early on the scoreboard as Rory McIlroy dominated his match with Rickie Fowler to eventually pull out a clear 5&4 winner.

McIlroy’s Northern Ireland compatriot Graeme McDowell came back from three losses to defeat Jordan Spieth 2&1, and Martin Kaymer chipped in with 16 chips to defeat Bubba Watson 4&2.

Justin Rose then fought back from a foursome against Hunter Mahan to take the half of the last and lead Europe to the brink of victory.

Henrik Stenson, Stephen Gallacher and Thomas Bjorn each suffered losses to Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar.

Beaten US captain Tom Watson (right) was criticized by senior player Phil Mickelson (left) after his 2014 Ryder Cup loss to Europe at Gleneagles (David Davies/PA).

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But Donaldson always controlled his game and kept his nerve to see Europe home.

With the win sealed, Sergio Garcia hit Jim Furyk one, Ian Poulter halved with Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood lost 3&2 to Jimmy Walker and Victor Dubuisson halved with Zach Johnson.

It was the Americans’ eighth loss in ten games and the argument was dominated by Mickelson’s scathing assessment of 65-year-old Tom Watson’s captaincy.

Watson said of the heavy defeat: “They have a wonderful team but we came here thinking we could beat them. Turns out we couldn’t.”

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