His voice breaking, he walked over to each of them at the closing ceremony to shake hands.
The Europeans were inspired by a phone call earlier in the week from Seve Ballesteros, the catalyst for European dominance in the Ryder Cup. He is battling brain cancer and could not travel to Celtic Manor. They kept a poster of Ballesteros in the team room, then displayed it for the crowd at closing ceremonies.
McDowell got the loudest cheer when Montgomerie called out his 12 players one by one. They know him well in these parts. In his final tournament before winning the U.S. Open, McDowell won the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.
Mahan made a mess of the 17th, memorable because it was the last match. The bigger blow might have been Cink. He was 1 up on McIlroy and drove the par-4 15th green, only to three-putt for par and lose the hole.
Cink had a chance to go 1-up on the 17th when he missed a 5-foot birdie putt. McIlroy scratched out a critical half-point on the 18th when he hit into a bunker going for the green in two, left his first shot in the bunker, and made a 5-foot par putt.
Luke Donald, who along with Poulter won three matches this week, twice made 20-foot birdie putts when Jim Furyk was inside 4 feet to halve the holes and keep the lead, and keep Celtic Manor humming with cheers of "Luuuuuuuuuke!"
Poulter led the team in passion, pumping his fists and screaming above the din with every birdie.
"We have played from the heart today," Poulter said, his face soaked with champagne. "And do you know what? We brought back this trophy. This is a special day."
Woods had his best Ryder Cup, winning his opening two matches with Stricker and bouncing back from his worst defeat to overwhelm Francesco Molinari on the back nine for a 4-and-3 victory.
The Americans put up a bigger fight than expected, but left Europe with a familiar feeling — and without the cup.
GolfChannel: Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship on Sunday.
2010 Ryder Cup
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