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How the 2010 Ryder Cup was won

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Europe win back the Ryder Cup from United States after an epic final day at Celtic Manor
  • Graeme McDowell beats Hunter Mahan to clinch the deciding point for Europe
  • Play ran over until Monday for the first time in the 83-year-old history of the competition
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(CNN) -- The 2010 Ryder Cup match between Europe and the United States was one of the most exciting in the 83-year history of the team golf competition, the outcome decided by the very last match between Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

McDowell won on the 17th green to give Europe a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 victory at Celtic Manor in Wales and spark wild scenes of celebration by Colin Montgomerie and his men.

They had been pushed all the way by the holders, who led 6-4 after the first full day of play on Saturday before the Europeans hit back to lead by three points going into the deciding singles matches on Monday.

The two sides of the Ryder Cup coin

It was the first time in the history of the Ryder Cup that a fourth day had been needed, but organizers were left with no alternative after ferocious downpours on left the Twenty Ten course waterlogged.

CNN has captured the crucial moments of the 38th Ryder Cup in photos which sum up the passion and commitment shown by the players and spectators during this memorable sporting encounter.

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