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Oh!  What A Day And Night  - 21.09.04       

What an unbelievable three days in Michigan as once again the underdogs came out top dogs in the Ryder Cup. This was as good as it gets - beating America by the massive margin of 18 to 9 says everything you need to know about European golf and the standard of the 12 guys Bernhard Langer brought together at Oakland Hills.
 
It was a victory which was celebrated deep into the night - so deep that several of the boys could hardly have put their heads on their pillows before they had to be up again to catch the Virgin Atlantic charter across the pond. Everybody had cause to be justly proud because every single player contributed to our points haul.
 
I don't think Captain Langer needed to do much thinking about his last day batting order because whichever name he had place in whatever list, we would still have had strength at the top, strength in the middle and strength at the end.
 
My own match against good friend Davis Love finished in appropriate fashion. A half was the correct result although at two down with three to play it didn't look too healthy for my perspective.   But I won the next two and then had a seven footer to win the match.  Ordinarily I would have been deeply disappointed to have missed, but not this time.  We both deservedly got something out of the match.
 
Thousands of our supporters gathered round the last green and then at the closing ceremony as the celebrations began. Our night kicked off in the team room and then back at the hotel in
Birmingham Township - followed by an unbelievable session at an Irish Bar.  My foursomes partner Lee Westwood was the master of ceremonies as we all took a bow by standing on the bar surrounded by hundreds of European supporters.
 
It was a day and night I will never forget and one which sets up the possibility of us winning it three times in a row when we go to the K-Club in Ireland in two years.
 
The Americans are wounded and will have taken plenty of stick in their media, but truth is, we were unbelievable as a team and outplayed them all week long.  Captain Langer did a tremendous job and I am sure there will be calls for him to continue.
 
Now I'll be hoping to catch up on some sleep and then it will be back to business later in the week when I will be meeting the successful bidder of our website auction to play a round with me at Queenwood.

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