Oct. 4, 2010
Newport, Wales – Stewart Cink earned a half-point for the United States by halving his match with Rory McIlroy, and Matt Kuchar lost to Ian Poulter, 5 and 4, Monday, as the United States’ rally fell short and Europe won the Ryder Cup, 14 ½ – 13 ½, at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.
Europe held a 9 ½ – 6 ½ lead after the first three sessions were completed. Two weather delays forced the 12 singles matches to be played Monday for the first time in Cup history.
The U.S. got victories Monday from Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, as well as halves from Cink and Rickie Fowler for a total of seven points, but they needed 7 ½ points to retain the Cup. Hunter Mahan, playing in the last match with Graeme McDowell, lost 3 and 1.
Cink’s career record in 19 Ryder Cup matches is now 5-7-7, including a 1-0-5 mark in fourball matches. The 1995 Tech graduate is 3-4-1 in foursomes matches, 1-3-1 in singles for a total of 8 ½ points won. He was 1-0-3 in this Ryder Cup, while Kuchar was 1-1-2.
Kuchar, a Ryder Cup rookie, is the PGA’s leading money-winner in 2010 ($4,881,227).
Cink, making his fifth Ryder Cup appearance, has won more than $1.5 million in 2010. Among the 12 players on the ’10 Ryder Cup team, only Phil Mickelson (8), Jim Furyk (7) and Tiger Woods (6) have made more appearances.
Session 1 Fourball Results, Friday (USA 2 ½ – Europe 1 ½
Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 2
Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell (Europe), halved
Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods (USA) d. Ian Poulter,/Ross Fisher (Europe), 2 up
Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA) d. Luke Donald/Padraig Harrington (Europe) 3 & 2
Session 2 Foursomes (alternate shot), Saturday
Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker (USA) d. Miguel Angel Jimenez/Peter Hanson, 4 & 3 (Europe) Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan (USA) d. Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, 2 up (Europe) Jim Furyk/Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer, halved (Europe) Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 2 Ian Poulter/Luke Donald (Europe) d. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA), 2 & 1 Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) d. Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy (Europe), 2 up
Session 3, Saturday/Sunday
Foursomes (alternate shot)
Luke Donald/Lee Westwood (Europe) d. Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods (USA), 6 & 5
Graeme Mcdowell/Rory McIlroy (Europe) d. Zach Johnson/Hunter Mahan (USA), 3 & 1
Padraig Harrington/Ross Fisher (Europe) d. Jim Furyk/Dustin Johnson (USA), 3 & 1
Peter Hanson/Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe) d. Bubba Watson/Jeff Overton (USA), 2 up
Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar (USA) vs. Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari, halved
Ian Poulter/Martin Kaymer (Europe) d. Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler (USA), 2 & 1
Session 4, Singles, Monday
Steve Stricker (USA) d. Lee Westwood (Europe), 2 & 1
Stewart Cink (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy (Europe), halved
Luke Donald (Europe) d. Jim Furyk (USA), 1 up
Dustin Johnson (USA) d. Martin Kaymer (Europe), 6 & 4
Ian Poulter (Europe) d. Matt Kuchar (USA), 5 & 4
Jeff Overton (USA) d. Ross Fisher (Europe), 3 & 2
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe) d. Bubba Watson (USA), 4 & 3
Tiger Woods (USA) d. Francesco Molinari (Europe), 4 & 3
Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Edoardo Molinari (Europe), halved
Phil Mickelson (USA) d. Peter Hanson (Europe), 4 & 2
Zach Johnson (USA) d. Padraig Harrington (Europe), 3 & 2
Graeme McDowell (Europe) d. Hunter Mahan (USA), 3 & 1