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Ryder Cup: Europe beats United States at Gleneagles

Updated 1844 GMT (0244 HKT) September 28, 2014
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The victorious European team and captain Paul McGinley after retaining the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Andrew Redlington/Getty Images
Jamie Donaldson is surrounded by fans and the media after clinching the Ryder Cup for Europe with a win over Keegan Bradley. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Graeme McDowell trailed U.S. rookie Jordan Spieth early in their singles match but he hit back for a pivotal victory. David Cannon/Getty Images
World number one Rory McIlroy led from the front with a 5&4 victory over fellow young gun Rickie Fowler. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Europe's winning captain Paul McGinley soaks up the atmosphere after his side clinched a 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Gleneagles. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
U.S. captain Tom Watson cuts a rather forlorn figure as his team slips to defeat in the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
The performances of rookie Patrick Reed have been a rare bright spot for the U.S. and he beat Henrik Stenson on the last day. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Phil Mickelson beat Stephen Gallacher in his final day singles but cuts a dejected figure as he sits alongside his wife Amy. Harry How/Getty Images
Martin Kaymer holed the winning putt in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah and his chip in from off the green 16th proved equally memorable as he beat Bubba Watson. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Europe's Rory McIlroy (right) and Ian Poulter claimed a vital half point against Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler in the morning fourballs on Saturday. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Ian Poulter is known as Europe's postman, because he always delivers. Here he celebrates some first-class chipping, holing out at the 15th in the morning fourballs. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Jim Furyk curses his luck on day two at Gleneagles. The veteran American, who is playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, won his morning fourball with partner Hunter Mahan, but the pair lost out to Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy in the afternoon foursomes. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Tom Watson's demeanour rarely changes, but the U.S. captain must be concerned that the 10-6 deficit may be too much for his team to overhaul in Sunday's singles. Europe need just four points from a possible 12 on offer to retain the Ryder Cup. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Spectators dressed as bananaman enjoying day two in the grandstands at Gleneagles. David Cannon/Getty Images
Nice pants! There's always plenty of colorful clothing on show at the Ryder Cup. Harry How/Getty Images
Rookie Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell were once again on song for Europe in the afternoon fourballs beating Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler 5&4. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Player of the tournament? England's Justin Rose has secured 3½ points in four matches for Europe so far. In the morning fourballs, he teamed up again with Henrik Stenson to beat Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar 3&2. In the afternoon foursomes he claimed a vital ½ point with Germany's Martin Kaymer against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson (left) got Team USA's challenge underway on Friday morning in front of crowds massed around the first tee at Gleneagles. David Cannon/Getty Images
Watson and Simpson were no match for European pairing of England's Justin Rose (left) and Swede Henrik Stenson. The experienced duo won the match comfortably 5&4 to give Europe the first point of the match. The pair ended up taking maximum points on Friday with a 2&1 win over Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson in the afternoon foursomes. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Ian Poulter, one of the stars of Europe's miracle win at Medinah two years ago, putts on the seventh green on Friday morning. Tens of thousands of spectators are attending the three-day event in Perthshire, Scotland. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Poulter and partner Stephen Gallacher were unable to contain the U.S. pairing of Jordan Spieth (left) and Patrick Reed who ran out comfortable 5&4 winners, giving Team USA their first point. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Team USA's Rickie Fowler out on course during Friday's opening fourballs. He and partner Jimmy Walker halved their match with Europe's Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
The big guns went out last as world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (left) and Sergio Garcia took on Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the final fourball of the morning. Harry How/Getty Images
The match went down to the wire with Mickelson (left) giving the U.S. victory on the final hole. The point gave Team USA a 2½ - 1½ lead heading into the afternoon foursomes. Harry How/Getty Images
Spectators wearing Tartan caps complete with ginger wigs watch play during day one at Gleneagles. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Europe's captain Paul McGinley (right) looks on as Team USA captain Tom Watson applauds the arrival of players onto the first tee. David Cannon/Getty Images
Former player, captain and this year vice-captain Sam Torrance acknowledges the crowd. The proud Scot, who holed the winning putt for Europe at The Belfry in 1985, is a massive favorite with the home supporters. David Cannon/Getty Images
England's Lee Westwood (right) and Jamie Donaldson of Wales got Europe off to a perfect start in the foursomes, beating Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar in the opening match of the afternoon. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
France's Victor Dubuisson (right), who made his debut for Europe in the afternoon foursomes, teamed with Ryder Cup veteran Graeme McDowell. The pair immediately clicked beating Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley 3&2 in the final match of the day, handing Europe a 5-3 overnight lead. Harry How/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy (left) and Sergio Garcia banished the disappointment of losing in the morning fourballs with a gutsy performance in the afternoon foursomes. The pair won the final two holes to claim a half against Ricky Fowler and Jimmy Walker. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images