Europeans retain Ryder Cup with historic rally

Team roars back against American squad

What looked like a potential runaway for the Americans turned into a thrilling nail-biter as Europe, playing in memory of Seve Ballesteros, won the first five matches of the Sunday singles and pulled off a comeback for the ages, winning the 14 points it needed at the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

The result means Europe, as the winner of the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales and holder of the Cup, will keep it for two more years after an epic day. Europe also equaled the biggest comeback in Ryder history. The U.S. was down 10-6 in 1999.

With the score tied 13-13, the Cup came down to the final two matches, and four players who hadn't yet won a point. Europe's Martin Kaymer won the 17th hole with a par to secure at least half a point in his match against winless American Steve Stricker, and hung on with a clutch, six-foot par putt on 18 to secure the Cup.

"The colossal collapse in Chicago," NBC's Johnny Miller said on the air.

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