An Epic American Collapse At The Ryder Cup In 29 Photos

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1. The American team entered Sunday with a massive four point lead in the Ryder Cup, and the home fans were expecting to enjoy another dominant day.

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2. Luke Donald won the first match of the day over Bubba Watson, to make the score 10-7. Still, the USA has a big lead. Whatever.

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3. Europe’s Paul Lawrie wiped the floor with Brandt Snedeker for another European point.

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4. At least Keegan Bradley, Team USA’s best player all weekend, was putting up a fight against Rory McIlroy.

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5. …but McIlroy stormed back to win two of the last four holes and take a full point.

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6. Meanwhile, Ian Poulter was busting out the Fierce Face against Webb Simpson.

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7. Simpson ended up dropping his match to Poulter, giving Europe four straight points to open up the day. It’s tied, 10-10.

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8. Phil Mickelson made a clutch putt to stay 1-up on Justin Rose with just two holes to play.

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9. Phil barely missed chipping in for birdie on No. 17, but his par should have been enough to remain up with Rose well away from the hole.

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10. But Rose made this incredible putt to win the 17th outright. All of a sudden, the match is tied heading to No. 18.

11. Rose made another ridiculous putt, and stole a point from Mickelson. Europe leads, 11-10.

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12. Phil couldn’t believe it.

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13. Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson gave the Americans hope with two vital wins.

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15. But Lee Westwood got all aggro and stole a surprising point from Matt Kuchar, to tie the score at 12-12.

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16. In the next match, Jim Furyk missed this putt on No. 17 and headed to the 18th all-square with Sergio Garcia.

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17. Furyk’s pretty reliable though, and he leaves himself a short putt to halve the hole and earn the Americans half a point.

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18. BUT HE MISSES!

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21. Poor Jim. Europe leads, 13-12, and needs just one more point to retain the Ryder Cup.

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22. Jason Dufner delivers an American point though to make it 13-13. A tie goes to the defending champion, so Team USA needs 1.5 points from the last two matches to win.

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23. Dufner was REALLY excited.

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Or scared. I’m not sure, what his face is doing here.

24. Steve Stricker, however, blows a short putt on the 17th to give Martin Kaymer a lead heading to No. 18.

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25. And Kaymer nails a Ryder Cup clinching putt on the 18th, as Team Europe matches the biggest Cup comeback in history.

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27. Tiger Woods, the American anchor Sunday, is rendered irrelevant… but he loses the 18th to halve his match anyway.

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28. Final score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5.

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