The 2010 Ryder Cup can be summed up with three words: wet, long, dramatic. From rain suits fop-as to endless weather delays, it's fairly surprising there was actually a compelling tournament going on over the weekend.
It was the highest of highs and lowest of lows for both squads over the five day tournament - the longest in Ryder Cup history. In the end, it came down to Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan in the finals singles match. For the first time since 1991, the winner of the match would decide who took home the precious cup.
McDowell drained a 15-foot birder putt with three holes to play and holding a 1-up lead that would seal the victory for Europe after Mahan parred No. 17. Mahan's par gave Europe the 14.5 points needed to take back the cup, something the country has done 9 of the last 13 times. The U.S. hasn't won the Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993.
The U.S. looked poised to knock Europe off, as they went into the final match with enough momentum to stop rain from falling over Celtic Manor. It was as though the squad saved all its fortune for the final day. Stricker won. Mickelson won. Overton won. Fowler clawed his way to a halve. All the U.S. needed was a halve from Mahan to get to 14 points and retain the cup.
But as was the case most of the weekend, Europe was just too consistent and too good to give anything more back. McDowell was too poised, even though he looked visibly nervous throughout the back nine.
Europe was the biggest winner Sunday, clearly, but U.S. captain Corey Pavin redeemed himself for an atrocious weekend of bad pairings, forgetting his golfer at introduction and poor choice of rain suits. However, a strong final day in his pairings will leave many to believe his 2010 Ryder Cup was a success - even if most of it actually wasn't.
Basically, it was just more of the same for the Ryder Cup. There was rain at Celtic Manor and the Europeans won on their home soil. The fact that there was entertainment value mixed in was just a cherry on top.