Found October 01, 2012 on
Jose Maria Olazabal
Davis Love III
This was, simply, the greatest game ever played.
Even in a wondrous Olympic year, the Ryder Cup reaffirmed its place as sport's most compelling contest on a crisp Chicago Sunday at Medinah Country Club, when Europe authored the most stunning comeback in the long history of this competition.
The record will show that Jose Maria Olazabal's lions matched the US come back of 1999 at Brookline, Mass., down 6-10 going into the singles to win 14.5 - 13.5, but this was far more impressive because it was done on the road.
The Europeans' dramatic win keeps the sport's precious little chalice across the Pond for the fifth time in six matches -- and seventh in nine -- and serves as a stinging reminder, too, that something is deeply wrong with America in this competition.
After dominating the first two days, the Americans saved their worst for last.
Two years ago, the goat was Hunter Mahan, who infamously stubbed a chip to lose the deciding anchor match at Celtic Manor.
BEST OF MAXIM
Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal were among the few people at Medinah who were actually happy on Sunday afternoon. Garcia was so elated about his team’s comeback win over the US at the Ryder Cup that he interrupted an Olazabal interview by planting a big kiss on the European team captain’s cheek. Olazabal was initially reflecting about his team’s comeback during his interview...
Jose Maria Olazabal says being European Ryder Cup captain can be ''torture'' at times and he rules out staying on for another two years in the role.
The Spaniard guided Europe to a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over the United States in a stirring comeback Sunday at Medinah.
Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are the favorites to replace the popular Olazabal for the 2014 match...
Describing the role as ''torture'' at times, victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal ruled out the possibility - ''no, period'' - of staying on for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.
The Spaniard returned to European soil on Monday night, cradling the gleaming golden trophy and still revelling in Europe's stirring comeback victory over...
There's something about Spaniards tilting at windmills.
At the start of the day, most golf fans reckoned that European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal had the same chance of succeeding as the mythical Don Quixote. Olazabal left the course Saturday night saying defiantly, ''I still believe,''' but few people beyond his staff and the dozen golfers on...
The Americans wrote the book on the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history. Even so, European captain Jose Maria Olazabal won't have to consult it. He was there.
Just like the U.S. team at the ''Battle of Brookline'' in 1999, the Europeans are staring at a 10-6 deficit. But because they hold the cup, they need only eight points to retain it, instead of the 8 1...
The Miracle of Medinah.
That summed up the reaction in the European media to Europe's improbable victory in the Ryder Cup.
Europe's historic comeback to beat the United States 14 1/2-13 1/2 in Medinah, Illinois, was celebrated on the front and back pages of European newspapers on Monday.
Nowhere was the win more special than in Spain, the home of European captain Jose...
Erasing some of their worst Ryder Cup memories, the Europeans wore the image of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves and played their hearts out Sunday at Medinah to match the greatest comeback in history and head home with that precious gold trophy.
Europe got its payback for Brookline, when the Americans roared back from the same 10-6 deficit. This rally was even more remarkable...
Erasing some of their worst Ryder Cup memories, the Europeans wore the image of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves and played their hearts out Sunday at Medinah to match the greatest comeback in the history of the event and head home with that precious gold trophy.
Europe got its payback for Brookline, when the Americans roared back from the same 10-6 deficit. This rally was even...
The Miracle of Medinah.
One of sport's greatest comebacks was celebrated across the continent with those words Monday after Europe's historic and emotional victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.
Nowhere was the win more special than in Spain, the home of European captain Jose Maria Olazabal and the inspirational late Ryder Cup stalwart Seve Ballesteros.