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Olazabal hails ‘the best week’ of his life

EUROPEAN captain Jose Maria Olazabal reflected on the best week of his life after his side's record-equalling comeback to retain the Ryder Cup.

OLAZABAL'S side trailed 10-4 at one point on Saturday afternoon and were still four points down going into Sunday's singles. But Olazabal was able to enjoy the “Miracle at Medinah” as eight of his team won their singles matches and Francesco Molinari's half point against Tiger Woods completed a remarkable win by 14.5 points to 13.5.

“This has been a very special week,” said Olazabal, whose team were dressed in the colours of the late Ballesteros yesterday and had a silhouette of the former Ryder Cup captain on their bags all week.

“Seve, it's the first time that he's not here with us at the Ryder Cup. I do have wonderful memories from my matches with him. He was a very special man and he's very close to my heart.

“All these guys sitting here in this media room know how much this week has meant to me. I get emotional about it but I want to thank them for what they did today. They gave me the best week of my life.


“And I'm just glad that I had the 12 men on my side ready to give their best during the whole week.

“The start of the week was a tough one. Nothing went our way, but these guys kept on believing, and I'm sure that not just the silhouette, but the phone call Seve made last time at Celtic Manor in 2010 and all the images of Seve around the clubhouse, the locker room and things like that, kept that spirit alive. So it's not just me. I think these guys did it also for him.”

Ian Poulter was the star of the show for Europe, winning all four of his matches. Poulter, who now has an amazing record of 12 wins from 15 Ryder Cup matches, said: “I'm officially taking two years off and I'll see you at the next one.

“It's been a truly inspirational day. It's been history in the making.”