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Ryder Cup 2014: Europe retain the trophy against United States

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The moment Europe retained the Ryder Cup

Europe completed their mission in the singles to win the 40th Ryder Cup 16½-11½ against the United States at Gleneagles.

Captain Paul McGinley's side led 10-6 going into the final day and reached the 14½ needed to win the Cup outright when Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3.

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Ryder Cup final day in three minutes

Rory McIlroy struck first with a 5&4 win against Rickie Fowler before fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell came back from three down to beat Jordan Spieth 2&1.

Martin Kaymer chipped in on 16 to defeat Bubba Watson 4&2 and Justin Rose scrapped back from four down against Hunter Mahan to grab a half on the last and take Europe to within half a point.

The 38-year-old Donaldson, playing in the 10th match, sealed the win against Bradley with a stunning approach to the 15th green to spark scenes of euphoria in the Perthshire hills.

"I'm very proud"

McGinley said: "I'm very proud of every one of these players. I couldn't have asked for an ounce more from them. I've been involved in so many Ryder Cups and seen mistakes we've made.

"I've changed things a bit, bringing in the fifth vice-captain has been a factor in helping to prepare the guys, especially in the afternoon sessions, but we have had 12 players who have been awesome."

Europe have now won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups, while the US have not won an away match since 1993.

Paul McGinleyGetty Images
Europe won seven out of eight points in the foursomes sessions
Jamie DonaldsonGetty Images
Jamie Donaldson won three out of four points on his Ryder Cup debut
Rory McIlroyReuters
McIlroy was five up after six holes against Fowler
Graeme McDowellAP
McDowell was three down at one stage before coming back to win