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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Europe Ekes Out Win in Ryder Cup

VALDERRAMA, Spain -- Europe retained the Ryder Cup after thwarting a spectacular rearguard action from a U.S. team whose captain, Tom Kite, said was betrayed by its inexperience on the Valderrama course.


European captain Seve Ballesteros had his dream of victory fulfilled Sunday at home as his polyglot team from nine different countries retained the trophy by the same score it won it by two years ago, 14 1/2 points to 13 1/2.


Ballesteros then declared he would not be captain in 1999 when the event goes to Brookline, Massachusetts, near Boston, because he is intent on winning back his playing spot on the team.


Bernhard Langer, whose missed putt on the final green at Kiawah Island in 1991 cost Europe the cup, earned the point that ensured Europe at least a tie with victory over Brad Faxon 2 and 1.


On Monday, Ballesteros nominated Langer to be his successor when Europe defends the trophy in two years' time.


And Colin Montgomerie provided the outright victory with a last-hole half-point against Scott Hoch.


Kite praised his troops and said the only thing he would have done differently at any stage of his captaincy would have been to persuade more of his team to play the course beforehand.


The Americans faced a five-point deficit entering the 12 singles and needed nine points for victory.


Fred Couples gave them a dream start by crushing Ian Woosnam 8 and 7 to equal the record for one-sided matches -- set in 1989 by Kite when he beat Howard Clark by the same score.


But once again -- as they had in Saturday's four balls -- Kite's three major champions from this year wilted.


PGA champion Davis Love went down 3 and 2 to Per-Ulrik Johansson to end a week of four defeats in four matches.


Masters champion Tiger Woods suffered his third defeat against one win and a draw when Costantino Rocca beat him 4 and 2.


British Open champion Justin Leonard squandered a four-hole lead in against Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.


Though the U.S. won six and halved one of the last eight matches, those early defeats proved too costly.


Sweden's Gabriel Hjertstedt turned around a miserable first season on the PGA Tour and became a top candidate for rookie of the year honors with a win at the $1.3 million B.C. Open on Sunday.


Hjertstedt, the only Swede to win on the PGA Tour, shot a 2-under-par round of 70 at En-Joie G.C. to claim a one-stroke victory at 13 under 275. The win was the 26-year-old's first on the PGA Tour and his first as a professional.