Storming performances from Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell helped Paul McGinley and Europe win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Captivated galleries estimated at 45,000 framed the banked fairways at Gleneagles, when the 40th Ryder Cup was graced by competitive play of unprecedented quality. And after their overnight supremacy had been cut to 6.5-5.5 by lunchtime, Europe regained control for a dominant lead of 10-6 by the end of play, the margin they, ironically, recovered from two years ago.
The nine-iron approach of close on 140 yards from rough to the right of the long 16th, came to rest about eight feet from the pin. Later, a soft wedge to the last was a few feet closer. More famous for accuracy with the boot, Gavin Hastings was relishing the Centenary Course as it was set up for the Ryder Cup.