Ryder Cup 2012: Seve Ballesteros always with Europe, says Jose Maria Olazabal

We knew Seve was always with us, says emotional Olazabal after Ryder Cup triumph

By
Mike Dickson

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00:54 GMT, 1 October 2012

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Far more predictable than Europe’s sensational Ryder Cup victory was that when it was all over, captain Jose Maria Olazabal could not contain his emotions.

The 46-year-old Spaniard, whose side were given just a 33-1 to chance of winning by bookmakers midway through the final afternoon, wept as he considered what an inspiration Severiano Ballesteros had been to him and his team.

‘Seve will always be present with this team, he was a big factor with this event,’ said Olazabal, reflecting on the impact still made by the Spanish genius who died aged 54 in May 2011 following a battle against brain cancer.

Top trio: McIlroy is joined by Garcia (top) and Donald

Top trio: McIlroy is joined by Garcia (top) and Donald

‘Last night when we were having our team meeting, the boys understood that believing was the most important thing, and that’s what they did.

‘It’s been a tough week. The first two days, nothing went our way. We struggled on the greens but this morning I felt a little change in that regard, and we started to make a few putts while the Americans started to miss them.

‘Winning those few matches in the latter stages, that was the key. I’ve been under pressure, hitting shots myself, but that tops anything I have felt. I am so proud of our guys.’

American captain Davis Love, who will surely rue his decision to sit Keegan Bradley out in the second set of fourballs, was dignified in defeat and insisted he had no regrets.

Emotional: Olazabal paid tribute his his late great friend Ballesteros

Emotional: Olazabal paid tribute his his late great friend Ballesteros

Legend: Olazabal played alongside Ballesteros in several Ryder Cups

Legend: Olazabal played alongside Ballesteros in several Ryder Cups

Legend: Olazabal played alongside Ballesteros in several Ryder Cups

‘I wouldn’t have done anything
different, Europe played great. Our guys had been playing so well it
didn’t seem to matter what order we sent them out in. A couple of
matches flipped their way at the end that made it easier for them,’ he
added in reference to the succession of dramatic late turnarounds.

‘We
are all kind of stunned, it’s a little bit shocking. We know what it
feels like now from Brookline. We wanted to win every segment but we got
beat badly in this one. Any time you lose a segment that badly, it’s
going to cost you the Ryder Cup.

‘Ian
Poulter’s hot streak at the end of day two gave them confidence and
they built on that. Our guys who started hot over the first couple of
days did not start hot today.

‘Stricker
and Woods were put in the back just in case and fought hard, but once
the Europeans got momentum it was hard to stop them.’

Dejected: Love (right) is applauded by his team during the closing ceremony

Dejected: Love (right) is applauded by his team during the closing ceremony

Justin Rose gave Europe hope that they could make the dream become reality when he came back from one down with two to play to beat Phil Mickelson. Rose admitted: ‘We are in shock. We knew that if a couple of their guys started to wobble it was going to get incredibly tight for them.’

On his own stunning victory, Rose added: ‘Those were the three biggest putts I’ve ever made back to back in my career under pressure. I just said to myself that I haven’t putted well all week and, “Rosey, this is what it could all come down to”.

‘Coming off the green here I’ve looked down at my left sleeve (with the Ballesteros emblem) and it’s the kind of thing Seve would have done for sure.’

Martin Kaymer, the German who sealed retention of the Cup with the point that took Europe to an unassailable 14 points, was an unlikely hero. After having a relatively mediocre season following his first major win – the US PGA title – in 2010, he held his nerve to sink a five-foot put on the 18th. He credited a chat with his compatriot Bernhard Langer.

Nerves of steel: Kaymer holed the winning putt

Nerves of steel: Kaymer holed the winning putt

‘This is a feeling that I’ve never had before,’ said Kaymer, 27. ‘On Friday night I sat down with Bernhard and talked to him about the Ryder Cup because my attitude wasn’t the right one.

‘It helped me a lot to talk about it and after today I know how important the Ryder Cup is.

‘The major win was just for myself but this is a completely different level – I could see the guys behind me, my brother was here and Sergio ran on to the green, it felt like there was so much more behind me.’

Overall, Europe’s top performer was the talismanic Poulter, who ended with a 4-0 record – the only 100 per cent performer – and became one of four Europeans who won their singles by outplaying their opponents on the 17th and 18th holes.

He was more responsible than anyone for giving Europe a chink of light late on Saturday with brilliant putting in a fourballs win with Rory McIlroy.

Main man: Poulter (right) celebrates with Justin Rose

Main man: Poulter (right) celebrates with Justin Rose

‘Last night we took such a lot from those two late wins,’ he said. ‘It was amazing to see the atmosphere change in that team room, the spirit was different. The guys were pumped up, we just felt there was that glimmer of hope. Whether it’s this man here on my sleeve (Ballesteros) or just Ollie I don’t know, but it’s pretty special.’

By contrast it had been a dismal Ryder Cup for Tiger Woods, who missed at the 18th and then conceded the final putt to allow his opponent Francesco Molinari a half – the first of the entire match – because he knew the chance of regaining the trophy had gone.

‘After they retained it everything went down,’ said Woods. ‘My putt was useless, it was inconsequential, so I hit it too quick and then gave his to him. That’s twice now when I’ve been on the fairway when the Cup was already over – like at The Belfry (2002).’

PUTTING THE PAST TO BED

REVENGE FOR LANGER Kiawah Island, 1991

The ‘War on the Shore’ culminated in one of the most dramatic putts in the history of golf – and one that would haunt German Bernhard Langer for 13 years. On the final green it was down to Langer and American Hale Irwin. To the surprise of his team-mates, Langer conceded Irwin’s bogey putt, leaving himself a six-footer he had to make. Thirteen years later he captained Europe to victory in the 2004 Ryder Cup in America, where Europe slaughtered the hosts in the singles on the final day. On Sunday another German, Martin Kaymer, gained revenge for Langer by sinking a very similar putt on the 18th green to ensure Europe would retain the trophy.

REVENGE FOR BROOKLINE Brookline, 1999

The ‘Battle of Brookline’ saw Euro-American relations at an all-time low. The lead was the complete reverse of Sunday’s going into the final day – 10-6 to a European team captained by Mark James – but American captain Ben Crenshaw decided to pack the top of the order with his best players, just as Jose Maria Olazabal did at Medinah. Europe panicked and ultimately lost 15-13 but there were ugly scenes on the 17th green when Justin Leonard holed his putt and was then mobbed by his American team-mates, who trampled over Jose Maria Olazabal’s line before he’d had the chance to putt.

Ryder Cup 2012: Jack Nicklaus serves up painful reminder to Colin Montgomerie

Tee Room: Golden Bear serves up a painful reminder for Monty

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As if watching Europe struggle to retain the trophy he led them to two years ago wasn’t bad enough, Colin Montgomerie had salt rubbed in the wound by Jack Nicklaus.

As the pair sat together in the commentary box, Nicklaus declared: ‘You’ve got to win some majors to be rated,’ before cheekily adding: ‘Oh, sorry Colin.’

Rubbing salt in the wound: 14-time major winner Nicklaus (centre)

Rubbing salt in the wound: 14-time major winner Nicklaus (centre)

Breakfast beers!

Hardly surprising there have been a few drunken oafs around considering the first outlet incoming spectators got at Medinah was a man selling bottles of the local brew from a box.

His sales pitch was a cheerful ‘Breakfast beers, breakfast beers! If you don’t start in the morning you can’t drink all day!’

Iron out whinges, Lee

Lee
Westwood was among those whingeing about the greens – a vested interest
after his feeble pairing performances perhaps – complaining that they
have speeded up unusually after lunch.

It is true, however, that the greens were ‘ironed’ on Friday between foursomes and fourballs, and nobody told the Europeans.

In the dark: Westwood was unhappy that the greens were ironed out

In the dark: Westwood was unhappy that the greens were ironed out

Check this lot out…

One of the most staggering sights of the Ryder Cup has been the merchandise tent.

As long as a football pitch and more than half one’s width, the norm has been a queue 100 yards long to get into the snaking lines of the paying area, where 85 assistants are on the check-out desks.

This temple of consumption dwarfs its equivalent at The Open.

Barack is Bushwhacked

Former US Presidents George Bush and George W Bush were supporting the Americans this weekend and gave a pep talk on Saturday night. Barack Obama was invited but despite deep local connections said he was otherwise engaged.

After taking flak for the amount of golf he plays he might not have wished to come too near anyway.

You'll never putt alone

Two things you never knew about Keegan Bradley, whose Ryder Cup exploits have made him a superstar in American golf – even if taking on world No 1 Rory McIlroy on the final day proved a step too far.

Up to the age of 13 Bradley was among the most outstanding ski racers in mountainous Vermont before turning to his talents to the game of golf instead. His Christian names are Keegan Hanson – but there is no Liverpool connection.

Ryder Cup 2012: Sportsmail compare captains Davis Love and Jose Maria Olazabal

Love is all around… but Olazabal gets it right in the end in the clash of the captains

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Dominated on the course for two days by the resurgent home team, Europe were beaten outside the ropes as well.

Jose Maria Olazabal redeemed himself in the end, or rather his players did. At times he looked like a rabbit caught in headlights and some of his partnerships were plainly guesswork.

But it all turned round for him thanks the incredible singles performance, and a massive error made by his counterpart, Davis Love.Here's our verdict on Olazabal and Love on their areas of influence.

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

Got there in the end: Jose Maria Olazabal picked some peculiar pairings

RYDER CUP

Read the full report here

Wild Cards

Only those with Padraig Harrington blinkers on felt Ollie had any other choice but to pick Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts, and both men came up trumps.

Poulter's stunning performance was the principal reason Europe pulled off their improbable success.

Colsaerts might have had just one win to his name but what a point.

He gave perhaps the best fourballs display in Ryder Cup history on Friday afternoon in beating Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker singlehandedly.

It was going well for Love's four picks for two days but it changed completely on the final day. Only Dustin Johnson of the four won.

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker choked horribly. Love had gone with experience and it backfired massively.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Wild card: Ian Poulter (above) and Nicolas Colsaerts dazzled in Medinah

Strategy

American Davis Love had a plan in place and wasn't going to change from it.

No player was going to compete in more than four matches and only once did it seem incongruous, with the ridiculous decision not to play Keegan Bradley on Saturday afternoon, after his foursomes match had finished at 10-15am.

Another horrendous mistake came on Sunday in trying to fight fire with fire in the singles.

He knew Europe would topload their singles order with their best players. Trailing by four points, they had no choice.

But why would you put your best alongside them. It shouldn't have been the struggling Stricker in 11th spot it should have been someone like Bradley.

We're told Olazabal had a strategy for two days but it remained unclear. When you end up with an obvious foursomes player like Francesco Molinari picked instead for the fourballs it becomes unfathomable.

Blind panic is the best guess, but he got away with it in the end.

Verdict: Olazabal one up.

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Love is all around: Davis Love greeted Dustin Johnson

Pairings

Love drew on all his vast experience and went with pairings that made common sense.

Men with similar unflashy games playing in the foursomes like Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson, with the flair players reserved largely for the fourballs, like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley was also a blindingly obvious pairing given they're mates and the younger man grew up idolising his elder, but let's credit Love with not trying to swim against the tide.

After all, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia was also an obvious fourballs pairing that both men wanted to happen but it never materialised, despite them practising together.

Some of Olazabal's pairings made no sense. Why play Lee Westwood in the foursomes on Saturday morning when clearly his confidence was shattered

Why lumber Justin Rose with two partners in the fourballs with whom he had no chemistry

Verdict: All Square.

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

No chemistry: Justin Rose often struggled with those who Olazabal paired him with

Public Relations

From his interviews in the press room to his remarks at the opening ceremony, Love played a blinder.

He always wanted the crowd involved but made it clear there was a boundary that ought not to be crossed.

On the eve of the Ryder Cup, he told the crowd: 'Let's remember we're about to witness a golf event. Nobody should confuse the battle that follows with anything other than an athletic one.'

Olazabal also scored well in this regard. Few remained unmoved with the obvious emotional strain he was feeling at the absence of Seve.

For two days however, he was hardly ever seen on the course. It has passed into legend that Seve, when he was captain, appeared to be in five places at the same time.

Nobody would expect Ollie to be so hands-on but it was puzzling he was so hands-off.

There's nothing wrong with being a low-profile figure but for two days he played the part of the invisible man.

Verdict: All Square.

Ryder Cup 2012: Martin Kaymer reveals Bernand Langer influence after sinking winning putt

Kaymer reveals Langer influence after sinking winning putt at Medinah

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23:44 GMT, 30 September 2012

Martin Kaymer hailed the influence of former captain Bernhard Langer after ensuring Europe retained the Ryder Cup in sensational fashion at Medinah.

Trailing 10-6 overnight, Jose Maria Olazabal's side needed to match the largest last-day comeback in the event's history – achieved by the home side at Brookline in 1999 – to take the trophy back from Chicago.

And they did so in incredible style, winning the first five singles matches and adding further wins from Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood before Kaymer secured the decisive point on the 18th by beating Steve Stricker.

Winning putt: Kaymer completed a stunning comeback from Europe

Winning putt: Kaymer completed a stunning comeback from Europe

Winning putt: Kaymer completed a stunning comeback from Europe

The final match between Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari was halved when Woods missed a close-range par putt on the last, giving Europe outright victory by 14 points to 13.

'It's a feeling I've never had before,' Kaymer said. 'On Friday I sat down with Bernhard and talked to him about the Ryder Cup because my attitude was not the right one, but after that I know how important the Ryder Cup is.'

Langer had missed a putt of six feet to secure the cup at Kiawah Island in 1991, but his fellow German somehow held his nerve from the same distance after charging his birdie attempt past the hole.

Pandemonium: Europe's fans go wild after the victory is secured

Pandemonium: Europe's fans go wild after the victory is secured

Asked to compare the win to his US PGA triumph in 2010, Kaymer added: 'It's a completely different level. The major was just for me. Here, my brother and father were here and now I know how great it feels to win the Ryder Cup.'

Justin Rose, who birdied the last two holes to beat Phil Mickelson, said: 'We are in shock.

Match of the day: Rose beat Mickelson in a thrilling encounter

Match of the day: Rose beat Mickelson in a thrilling encounter

Match of the day: Rose beat Mickelson in a thrilling encounter

'We wanted to believe, we really did want to believe, but we had no illusions of how hard that day was going to be; four points against a team that's played so well all week.'

Ian Poulter, who also won the last two holes to defeat Webb Simpson and make it four wins out of four this week, added: 'Ollie said to us at the start of the week, Ryder Cup is what memories and dreams are made of, and he's been awesome.

'And last night in that team room was buzzing. We weren't four down. We were all square. We just knew we had a chance and do you know what This is history right here. This has been unbelievable.

'I'm going to enjoy it, with the best team I've ever seen, and the best captain I've ever seen, and everyone else, because this right here is special.'

Champagne moment: Kaymer, Sergio Garcia (above right) and Francesco Molinari (below) celebrate the victory

Champagne moment: Kaymer, Sergio Garcia (above right) and Francesco Molinari (below) celebrate the victory

Champagne moment: Kaymer, Sergio Garcia (above right) and Francesco Molinari (below) celebrate the victory

Ryder Cup 2012: How the battle unfolded

Medinah Mayhem! How three days of unbelievable drama unfolded at Ryder Cup

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ALL SQUARE

Session 1: Foursomes

Match of the session: McIlroy/ McDowell beat Furyk/Snedeker one up. All square after the 17th, Snedeker drives into the trees while McIlroy holds his nerve.

Shot of the session: McIlory holes from five yards off the fourth green with a gloriously judged chip that sparks four birdies in a row.

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Holding his nerve: Rory McIlroy stood firm on day one

Pivotal moment: Jason Dufner putts for a birdie from 12 feet on the ninth that teeters on the edge of the hole before dropping, pulling the US level in his match.

Quote: 'I felt young and it felt great, I love playing with Keegan – I said to him a couple of times that I needed a pep talk and he'd tell me something to get me boosted right up.' – Phil Mickelson on Keegan Bradley.

Stat: Despite conceding five bogeys to three, and having four birdies each, Europe's Northern Ireland duo edge across the finish line.

USA: 2
EUROPE: 2

OMINOUS SIGNS

Session 2: Fourballs

Match of the session: Nicolas Colsaerts on his debut totally carries Lee Westwood and fends off the back nine improvement from Tiger Woods to clinch a one up victory.

Shot of the session: Mickelson drives into the trees then hits the shot of the day, threading the ball 200 yards around the 12th green's guardian tree to 10 feet.

Pivotal moment: Bubba Watson playing his drive off the first tee to hollering and clapping, which spooks the Europeans and sets the tone for the afternoon.

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Debutant: Nicolas Colsaerts (left) carried Lee Westwood in the fourballs

Quote: 'It was incredible, a pleasure to watch and I had the best seat in the house for the whole thing.

'It was one of those amazing days and he'll look back on it and smile.' – Westwood on Colsaerts.

Stat: Colsaerts hits eight birdies and an eagle, while Europe's other seven players in the session manage only 16 birdies between them.

USA: 5
EUROPE: 3

US TAKES CONTROL

Session 3: Foursomes

Match of the session: Justin Rose and the impressively rock steady Ian Poulter draw ahead on the back nine and hold on under intense pressure to win on the 18th.

Shot of the session: Mickelson stiffs it to within a foot of the pin from out of the semi-rough around 60 yards out on the first, giving momentum to the last three pairs.

Pivotal moment: Webb Simpson misses a simple four-foot putt on the 10th that puts Europe one up, a lead they never relinquish to prevent a whitewash.

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Hold on: Ian Poulter and Justin Rose won in the foursomes

Quote: 'I'm putting so much emotion into my rounds it's probably good I'm rested up for tomorrow's singles.' – Bradley, with a 3-0 record, having played only 44 holes.

Stat: Outside the Rose/Poulter match, in the three other games the Americans strike 12 birdies to Europe's six.

Sixteen pars and no bogeys for McIlroy/McDowell tells of missed chances.

USA 8
EUROPE 4

EUROPE HANG ON

Session 4: Fourballs

Match of the session: McIlroy/Poulter v Dufner/Johnson is the outstanding fourball of the event, culminating in the Europeans edging ahead on the 17th and clinging on to their lead.

Shot of the session: Poulter caps a memorable display by birdieing the last five holes, the best of which being a 12-foot putt on the 18th.

American fans on the final green wait to salute a half but Poulter's stunning birdie matches that already sunk by Dufner.

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Come here: Poulter and McIlroy celebrated beating Dufner/Johnson

Pivotal moment: On the picturesque 17th green, Colsaerts lips out, allowing Dustin Johnson to sink a 15-footer to put the Americans one up.

A hole later they have the symbolic 10 points.

Quote: 'It comes from within. If we can do anything to get this trophy from this position, and Seve is looking down on us, then you've got to do what you've got to do.' – Poulter on his source of inspiration.

Stat: Since 1979, one team have reached 10 points or more from the first two days six times and only once – the Europeans at Brookline in 1999 – have that team gone on to lose on the final day.

USA: 10 EUROPE: 6

THE COUP de GRACE

Session 5: Singles

Match of the session: Superb quality from Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, who in the original nip-and-tuck game win 10 holes between them with birdies against just two bogeys.

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Nerves of steel: Martin Kaymer held firm and putted on the 18th to ensure Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Shot of the session: Rose's winding downhill 30-foot putt on the 17th gives him the birdie which puts him level with Mickelson and allows him to pounce for victory on the 18th.

Pivotal moment: Jim Furyk's missed eight foot putt at the last gives Europe a 13-12 lead, the first time they have been ahead.

Quote: 'An unbelievable week. Seve has been trying hard for us.' – Europe's hero, Ian Poulter

Stat: The four players to whom it all came down at the end were 0-9 for the weekend going into yesterday. Fortunately for Europe, Kaymer came good.

FINAL SCORE:
USA: 13
EUROPE: 14

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Levy shuts door on Tim Sherwood"s Blackburn return

EXCLUSIVE: Spurs chairman Levy slams door shut on Sherwood's Rovers return

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Daniel Levy has turned down an official approach from Blackburn for Tim Sherwood, the Tottenham technical co-ordinator.

The Spurs chairman, who will speak to Sherwood about his future this week, does not want him to quit the club.

Blackburn are ready to offer Sherwood, who captained the club to the 1995 Premiership title, the job of reviving their fortunes following Steve Kean's resignation.

Not on my watch: Daniel Levy turned down an official approach from Blackburn Rovers

Not on my watch: Daniel Levy turned down an official approach from Blackburn Rovers

Owners, the Venky family, are banking on the emotional pull of Blackburn to convince Sherwood to return as their manager.

The 43-year-old is their favoured option, but they cannot get through the front door at Tottenham after Levy rejected their advances on Sunday.

Sherwood, who is happy with his role developing young players at the north London club, has never had any managerial ambitions.

The former Spurs midfielder has been working with the club's young players and putting a development structure in place since he joined the coaching staff in October 2008.

His next logical move at White Hart Lane appeared to be the vacant role of technical director, but manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted last week that Sherwood would not be promoted to the position.

When questioned over the weekend, Sherwood said: 'That's all they are – just rumours. That's all I know about it.

'I've got a great job where I am. There is nothing to consider. It's just speculation.

'I love what I do. I'm happy at the football club, it's a great project.'

No chance: Levy (left) is a notoriously tough negotiator

No chance: Levy (left) is a notoriously tough negotiator

Remember this Sherwood (centre) captained Blackburn as they won the Premiership in 1995

Remember this Sherwood (centre) captained Blackburn as they won the Premiership in 1995

It"s not right! Biased referees give privileges to the English players, says Aguero

It's not right! Biased referees give privileges to the English players, says Aguero

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Sergio Aguero has accused Barclays Premier League referees of anti-foreigner bias when it comes to spotting divers.

The Manchester City striker is convinced that imports are more likely to get a raw deal over penalty appeals.

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

‘We just play our game and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not,’ said Aguero. ‘There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from this country. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.

‘If they do, it’s not good for anyone.’

Anger: Sergio Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Anger: Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Aguero spoke out after City team-mates Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta were denied penalties by referee Mark Halsey in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.However, Halsey did point to the spot after judging John Arne Riise was fouled by Zabaleta — a decision which also angered the City camp, who felt that he went down far too easily.

Aguero added: ‘I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There will always be mistakes for any team and here he got the decision (on the Fulham penalty) wrong.’

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

There was also another diving row on Saturday involving Chelsea — 10 days after Stoke manager Tony Pulis reacted angrily when Branislav Ivanovic escaped punishment for going to ground.

This time Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo was forced to defend David Luiz, who was booked for a dive at Arsenal.

Home manager Arsene Wenger insisted: ‘It is the job of referees to stop them. It’s not my job. The referees have to punish them.

‘They did it, but it took some time for them to do it.’

In the book: Martin Atkinson punished David Luiz for diving

In the book: Martin Atkinson cautioned David Luiz for diving

Di Matteo insisted he did not approve of diving or encourage it.

‘I am against diving, absolutely,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘It’s something we should eradicate from the game. It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done we are for it. It’s probably complicated.

‘We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years.’

He also suspects Chelsea are already suffering a backlash from this reputation for diving, having been denied penalties against Juventus and Queens Park Rangers.

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Fernando Torres had a strong claim for a penalty ignored at the Emirates, where the most blatant dive of the day was committed by Carl Jenkinson.

The young Arsenal full back threw himself down as he ran past Ashley Cole in the second half, trying to thrust a foot towards the Chelsea defender as he did so.

‘To be prejudiced on players is wrong,’ said Di Matteo. ‘We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.

‘David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t, but he wasn’t appealing for anything.’

Ryder Cup 2012: Europe win after Martin Kaymer holds his nerve

Miracle men! Kaymer holds his nerve on the 18th as Euro stars retain Ryder Cup

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Dressed in the colours of the late Seve Ballesteros, Europe pulled off one of his trademark great escapes in what will go down as the 'Miracle of Medinah'.

What looked mission impossible when Europe trailed 10-4 at one point late on Saturday night suddenly became possible after they dramatically won the first five singles games and then picked up further points from Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

That put Jose Maria Olazabal's side, almost unbelievably, 13-12 up and as the holders they needed only a tie to retain the cup. Yet they ended up winning it 14-13.

Magic moment: Kaymer sinks the winning put on the 18th green before running over to celebrate with his team-mates

Magic moment: Kaymer sinks the winning put on the 18th green before running over to celebrate with his team-mates

Magic moment: Kaymer sinks the winning put on the 18th green before running over to celebrate with his team-mates

Magic moment: Kaymer sinks the winning put on the 18th green before running over to celebrate with his team-mates
RYDER CUP ESSENTIALS

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Click here for all the statistics from Medinah

Three games were still on the course.
Peter Hanson lost the first of them on the final green, but Martin
Kaymer and Francesco Molinari had it in their power to retain the famous
gold trophy.

And Kaymer, left out all day on
Saturday, was the one to deliver the point they required to match the
biggest comeback in the event's history.

He was up against Steve Stricker.
Level with two to go, the American bogeyed the short 17th after hitting
his chip far too strongly.

Kaymer, bunkered off the final tee, found the green and had two putts for it once Stricker missed his long birdie attempt.

Luke who's talking: Donald won the first match of the day

Luke who's talking: Donald won the first match of the day

He gave himself and his team-mates
palpitations when he sent his first one six feet past, but 21 years on
from compatriot Bernhard Langer missing from the same distance to lose
at Kiawah Island Kaymer made the one back and sparked jubilant scenes.

Moments before Molinari had fallen one
down to Tiger Woods by bogeying the 17th himself, but suddenly it did
not matter. The cup was going back across the Atlantic.

They played on, however, and when
Woods bogeyed he conceded Molinari's par putt – a move that gave Europe
their fifth win in the last six games.

They won the 12 singles by a simply stunning 8-3 margin.

Nerves of steel: Poulter continued his fine form to see off Webb Simpson

Nerves of steel: Poulter continued his fine form to see off Webb Simpson

It was no surprise to see Olazabal,
who of course formed with Ballesteros the greatest partnership in the
event's history, crying.

'It means a lot – not just for me,' he
said. 'This is for the whole of Europe, all those 12 wonderful men, my
four vice-captains and that band of caddies.

'Seve will always be present with this
team. He was a big factor for this event and last night when we had
that meeting I think the boys understood that believing was the big
thing.

'It's been a tough week. Until today
nothing went our way – we struggled on the greens, but this morning I
felt we were a little better in that regard.

No 1: McIlroy overcame a strong challenge from Keegan Bradley

No 1: McIlroy overcame a strong challenge from Keegan Bradley

No 1: McIlroy overcame a strong challenge from Keegan Bradley

'I've been under pressure hitting shots, but today tops that.'

Kaymer said: 'It's a feeling I've never had before. Bernhard helped me so much, just to sit me down and talk about it.

'Now I know how it feels to win the Ryder Cup.'

Stunned American captain Davis Love said: 'I would not have done anything differently. They played great.

'When you lose a segment (session) that badly it's going to cost you.'

The four-point overnight deficit
became three when Luke Donald beat Masters champion Bubba Watson 2&1
in the top game. It was a massive relief after he led by four with four
to play.

Coming up Rose's: Justin Rose won the last two holes to win a thriller against Mickelson

Coming up Rose's: Justin Rose won the last two holes to win a thriller against Mickelson

Coming up Rose's: Justin Rose's won the last two holes to beat Mickelson

Coming up Rose's: Justin Rose won the last two holes to win a thriller against Mickelson

Scot Paul Lawrie crushed last Sunday's
7million FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker 5&3 – he was six under
par with an eagle and four birdies – and Rory McIlroy then beat
previously unbeaten Keegan Bradley 2&1.

That was not the world No 1's biggest drama of the day, though.

As the singles began word reached everybody that McIlroy, out in the third game, was nowhere to be seen around the course.

Two minutes late and he would forfeit
the opening hole, five minutes late and he faced disqualification, but
to the relief of every European he was driven into the parking lot with
10 minutes to go, got his shoes on and gave a superb display.

Braveheart: Lawrie (right) easily saw off Snedeker

Braveheart: Lawrie (right) easily saw off Snedeker

Olazabal admitted his heart had been
'racing quicker than expected' until McIlroy teed off and added: 'We did
not have that in mind.

'All of a sudden we realised Rory was not here and started to look for him. Finally we got hold of him and he came in.'

It was reported the Northern Irishmen
had seen a 12.25am tee-off time on television, but it was Eastern Time –
one hour ahead of Chicago.

After his win McIlroy said: 'I was
just casually strolling out of my hotel room when I got a phone call
saying you have 25 minutes.

Johnson and Johnson: American duo Dustin (above) and Zach (below) won the hosts' first points of the day

Johnson and Johnson: American duo Dustin (above) and Zach (below) won the hosts' first points of the day

Johnson and Johnson: American duo Dustin (above) and Zach (below) won the hosts' first points of the day

'I have never been so worried driving
to the course. Luckily there was a State Trooper outside who gave me the
escort – if not I would not have made it on time.'

McIlroy never trailed, but star man Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Garcia all did.

Poulter, whose finish to the second
session of fourballs really inspired the comeback, made it four wins out
of four – and 12 wins in his last 14 cup games – beat US Open champion
Webb Simpson on the last after being two down early on.

They were level with two to go, but
Simpson failed to get up and down from a bunker on the short 17th and
could not grab the birdie he needed on the last.

Making amends: Westwood bounced back from a shaky first two days to beat Kuchar

Making amends: Westwood bounced back from a shaky first two days to beat Kuchar

Rose's second win over Phil Mickelson
in his cup career came in amazing fashion. He trailed by one with two to
play, but holed from 40 feet on 17 and 14 feet at the last.

Mickelson, America's record cap-holder
and winner of his first three games, could only stand and admire – and
graciously applauded everything Rose did at the end.

Mickelson can still consider himself
to have had a good week. In contrast Woods had a shocker – and Love
joins 2002 captain Curtis Strange in putting the 14-major winner out
last and seeing his game become totally irrelevant in the destiny of the
cup.

Down and out: Furyk reacts after his missed putt on the 18th hands victory to Garcia

Down and out: Furyk reacts after his missed putt on the 18th hands victory to Garcia

The only previous side to win from
four down entering the singles was Ben Crenshaw's in Boston in 1999 – a
match that ended so controversially with a premature invasion of the
17th green.

Olazabal was on the receiving end of
that, standing there as he waited for calm to be restored and then
missing the putt which meant the Americans could not lose.

That was just another dimension to how sweet this day must have felt.

Job done: Kaymer pumps his fists to hail the victory

Job done: Kaymer pumps his fists to hail the victory

Arsene Wenger says he may have got Abou Diabys fitness gamble wrong

I got it wrong: says Wenger after Diaby fitness gamble backfires

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Arsene Wenger admits his gamble on Abou Diaby’s fitness may have backfired piling extra pressure on Jack Wilshere ahead of his long-awaited comeback.

Wenger explained his decision to sell Alex Song to Barcelona and refusal to buy a replacement by emphasising the return to fitness of Diaby and Wilshere, neither of whom played last season.

But Diaby is out for at least three weeks after pulling a thigh muscle against Chelsea and Wilshere is preparing for his first game in 14 months when Arsenal’s U21s take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Monday.

Injury concern: Abou Diaby goes off injured against Chelsea

Injury concern: Abou Diaby goes off injured against Chelsea

Missing: Diaby could be out for some time

Missing: Diaby could be out for some time

'Diaby’s injury record is not good,’ said Wenger. ‘I was concerned about him of course. It was a gamble, but I was calculating as well that Wilshere was coming back, Francis Coquelin is here but was sick and Emmanuel Frimpong is back.

'Tomas Rosicky is coming back so we have many midfield players. We don’t have many physical players but Mikel Arteta has shown he can be a great defensive midfield player.

'He was outstanding in that area against Chelsea. We’ll see overall if it was a good or bad decision at the end of the season.’

Jack's back: Jack Wilshere is back in full training

Jack's back: Jack Wilshere is back in full training

Having successfully completed the pre-season programme without missing a training session, Diaby started the campaign in splendid form but limped off after only 17 minutes on Saturday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on with Aaron Ramsey switching to a central role alongside Arteta.

Diaby, 26, has started 87 Barclays Premier League games since he arrived from Auxerre nearly seven years ago.

Positive reports: England assistant Ray Lewington watched Carl Jenkinson

Positive reports: England assistant Ray Lewington watched Carl Jenkinson

Muscle injuries have blighted him since he broke an ankle at Sunderland in May 2006 and he knows it is crucial to prove his fitness in this the final year of his contract.

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson can expect positive reports from his assistant Ray Lewington on the progress of Arsenal full-backs Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs.

The pair are flourishing this season and Jenkinson has sprung into Hodgson’s thoughts because England’s first-choice right-back Glen Johnson is suspended for the game against San Marino and Micah Richards, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are all injured.

'You play some good games and everybody says you should play for England,’ said Arsenal midfielder Arteta, who have played consistently for many years without a cap for Spain.

'Carl has improved tremendously in the last few months and he deserves a lot of credit for what he has done and where he is coming from but he needs to keep going and maintain the level, which is the most difficult thing when you get up to the top.'

Roberto di Matteo says Chelsea are unpopular because they are winners

No one likes us, we don't care: Di Matteo's not in it for the love at Chelsea

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Roberto di Matteo is not seeking adoration. 'When you're a winning team, you're never loved,' he said after victory at Arsenal but it might be time for some appreciation.

Di Matteo cleared his first serious test of the new campaign at the Emirates and, despite the turbulence of John Terry's disciplinary hearing, he did it with minimum fuss.

Just as he did when passing last season's big tests: Barcelona in the Nou Camp, Tottenham or Liverpool at Wembley, or Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

Winning feeling: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has a good record from his time in charge at the club

Winning feeling: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has a good record from his time in charge at the club

Di Matteo flies to Denmark on Monday ahead of his 30th competitive game in charge of Chelsea, against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Tuesday, having barely put a foot wrong.

Ignore the glorified friendlies of the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup and he has lost three games in seven months.

One was a tight contest at Manchester City, there was a home game against Newcastle when resting key players, three days before the FA Cup final, and a hammering at Liverpool with a reserve team as he prepared for the Champions League final.

Seven draws include one at Barcelona with 10 men and one against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final won on penalties.

Chelsea top the Barclays Premier League having dropped two points from six games yet the surrender of a two-goal lead to Italian champions Juventus triggered an impromptu training ground visit from owner Roman Abramovich.

Fresh: Fernando Torres says he is not in need of a break

Fresh: Fernando Torres says he is not in need of a break

It was a reminder of exactly how precarious Di Matteo remains while Pep Guardiola is out of work.

What manager wouldn't want the burden of expectation which comes with a front-four of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, priced in excess of 125million But he continues to make awkward decisions look easy.

In public, Di Matteo's poker-face refuses to crack. In private, he and his coaching team successfully cajole most of the precious and insecure egos at the club and get the best from them.

Terry started at the Emirates despite all the attention and performed well. Torres looked motivated, committed and scored his fourth in nine this season.

Frank Lampard sat on the bench at the Emirates because Chelsea wanted the mobility of Ramires in the deep midfield areas where Arsenal inflict most damage.

Attack: Torres thinks all the creative players can be deployed at once

Attack: Torres thinks all the creative players can be deployed at once

'First, you have to press Arsenal and make sure they don't get the kind of freedom they like to play,' said Di Matteo. 'Also, you need to keep the ball and create chances for yourself. We did that very, very well.” Santi Cazorla was more subdued than usual although Chelsea were helped out by Petr Cech and some poor finishing, notably Cazorla and Olivier Giroud in the closing stages.

When Andre Villas-Boas tried to assert changes like these he created friction but Di Matteo has taken the players with him. It is the art of management.

Rather than grumble about Mata's desire to play in Euro 2012 and then the Olympic Games, he gave him a two-week's off in September.

Mata looks refreshed and his dead-ball delivery created both goals at Arsenal. Wenger's team defended poorly but Di Matteo targeted a weakness successfully.

In form: Juan Mata played a key role in Chelsea's win over Arsenal

In form: Juan Mata played a key role in Chelsea's win over Arsenal

'I think every player would like to play every game,” said goalkeeper Cech. “The important thing is to have Juan Mata for the whole season, not for three months and then to see him burn.

'It was well done by the coaching staff. He had a nice break and now he's fit and ready and can last the whole season. That's exactly what we needed.' All this from a manager who landed in the job somewhat by accident but what is to stop Di Matteo becoming Chelsea's own Guardiola He is relatively young, ambitious, with a good tactical brain and he understands his club and its culture.

More crucially for Abramovich, he has adapted smoothly to the peculiarities of the Stamford Bridge recruitment system where players are identified and acquired at an executive level.

He quietly manages talent provided for him, while helping to improve young players like Ryan Bertrand, another demand of the Chelsea hierarchy.

A more established manager would have demanded more power and input and, over time, Di Matteo may do the same. If he survives to that point he will deserve it.

'We're only six games into a very long season,' said Di Matteo.

'We've had a good start and that's all. The time to judge is when we're coming towards the half-way stage of the season.'

It is true, greater examinations lie ahead. Terry will be banned for four games and what happens if Chelsea lose Torres to injury or suspension

Can Daniel Sturridge, out with a hamstring injury, contribute as a centre-forward And can Cech, who is managing an elbow problem which will require surgery, maintain his fitness

All the time, Di Matteo must work towards the ultimate goal of make Chelsea successful, entertaining and popular, even if he thinks it is an impossible dream.

'Teams that win trophies have never been loved in the history of football,' said Di Matteo.

'Barcelona is great, yeah, but it's a unique model that nobody has been able to replicate in the world, so far.'