Sunday 20 August 2017

Go bananas for McDowell

Graeme McDowell shakes hands with Hunter Mahan (R) after securing victory for the European team. Photo: Getty Images
Graeme McDowell shakes hands with Hunter Mahan (R) after securing victory for the European team. Photo: Getty Images

The man who sank the winning putt to win the Ryder Cup for Europe described the moment as "bananas".

Graeme McDowell told BBC Radio Five Live: "That was absolutely amazing. That was bananas.



"The putt on the 16th was stuff I have dreamed about all my life."



US Open champion McDowell's 3&1 victory over Hunter Mahan gave Europe a dramatic 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 triumph over the United States.



Padraig Harrington described the winning feeling as "incredible" and "phenomenal".



Harrington, one of captain Colin Montgomerie's wild card picks, said: "Every Ryder Cup's the same. It's phenomenal. There's nothing like it in golf. That's incredible."



Lee Westwood, who lost today's opening singles match to Steve Stricker but had been in fantastic form since the opening day on Friday, said: "I've never been slapped on the back so often. We are really delighted.



"It's been a great team performance against a strong American side."



Ross Fisher told BBC Radio Five Live: "This is very sweet. It's a shame there's got to be a losing team and losing side."

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