By Steven Speirs
Europe have regained the Ryder Cup from the USA after a dramatic last match victory today at Celtic Manor, Wales.
Due to poor weather on the opening day, the final day singles matches had to be played on a Monday for the first time in the events 83 year history. There was no less enthusiasm from the 35,000 strong crowd who roared Europe on to victory.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell defeated Hunter Mahan 3&1 to secure the final point for Europe, giving them a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory. Captain Colin Montgomerie, one of the most popular players in Ryder Cup history, was too nervous to watch as McDowell hit a chip shot onto the 17th greeen that helped seal the victory and what is perhaps the finest hour of Monty’s career.
Montgomerie, 48, has won a record 8 European order of merit titles, and is involved in golf course design, designing several courses, including the Rowallan Castle golf Course. Niall Campbell, managing director of Rowallan Castle, expects the course to benefit from Monty’s triumph, saying “there’s already been a lot of interest in the course [before the Ryder Cup] and even a couple of journalists from the states have been in contact to learn about the course”.
In Football, Hearts are expected to be handed out a punishment from the Scottish Premier League after assistant referee William Conquer was struck by a missile thrown from the main stand at Tynecastle. The SPL are waiting to receive the match report from referee Willie McDougall before deciding what type of punishment the club will receive.
Meanwhile, the Scotland national team have received a boost after it was revealed that Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has pulled out of the Spain squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Scotland and Lithuania.
The Commonwealth games are underway today, with the England team already having won two silver medals in Swimming and Gymnastics. Scotland have yet to win a medal, however the women’s hockey team team earned a surprise draw with host nation India.