Medinah Mayhem! How three days of unbelievable drama unfolded at Ryder Cup
23:52 GMT, 30 September 2012
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.