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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 02:05 GMT 03:05 UK
Europe revel in Ryder glory
Bernhard Langer
Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer led the praise for his "tremendous" Europe team after their crushing 18-9 defeat of the USA at Oakland Hills.

"I'm so proud - they have such heart," said Langer, who saw his charges recover from a slow start on Sunday.

The German paid special tribute to Ryder Cup veteran Colin Montgomerie, who sank the putt that sealed victory.

"I think it's awesome that Monty got the winning point. He proved how great he is and has never lost in singles."

Montgomerie was quick to reciprocate, calling Langer a "wonderful captain".

"It's been a fantastic week," said Montgomerie, who also drew attention to the spirit of his team-mates.

"We were so close - one of the closest units in international sport - it's amazing how we play for each other.

Langer has been a wonderful captain, but he had great troops
Colin Montgomerie

"I'm not saying the Americans don't, but we acted as one from the moment we get on the plane to fly over here.

"Langer has been a wonderful captain, but he had great troops playing for him - we had strength at the top, in the middle and at the bottom."

Montgomerie said it was mere coincidence that he had sunk the decisive putt.

"It just happened that it fell on me. But it doesn't matter who holes, it's a team event.

"Personally it means nothing to me. That putt was not for me at all, that was to get 14 points which we required."

Darren Clark (left) and Padraig Harrington (right) lift Paul McGinley
I don't think there will be any sleep on the plane so it's going to be a flying party
Darren Clarke (left)

But Paul McGinley, who holed the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002, declared Montgomerie a fitting hero.

"Nobody deserves it more than Monty," he said.

"I discussed it with him at breakfast, how if it went well it could be down to him and nobody deserves it more."

Darren Clarke, meanwhile, predicted that none of the European team would sleep until they reached London after the victory.

"It's 1745 (local time) now, we've got to be in the hotel lobby at 0545 for our flight, so we've got 12 hours," he said.

"I don't think there will be any sleep on the plane either so it's going to be a flying party."

Luke Donald, who lost to Chad Campbell in the singles on Sunday, but still won two-and-a-half points on his debut, added: "This is unbelievable, more than I could wish for.

"This is the pinnacle and to play on a team that dominated this way is unbelievable.

"The US are always stronger on paper but we have a lot of courage and always seem to be able to get it done."

And what some of the other Europeans said...

Lee Westwood
"We won't get much sleep, but we'll get plenty of champagne."

Paul Casey
"Nothing compares to this, absolutely nothing. The buzz of every single hole is just phenomenal."

Sergio Garcia
"I had the feeling of a Ryder Cup a couple of years ago, but winning here in America is just unbelievable."

Thomas Levet
"I didn't put a point on the board before the singles, but now I feel like I put 20 on it!"

Ian Poulter
"I wanted to make up for losing a point yesterday and it was really pleasing for me to be able to do that for the team."

Padraig Harrington
"This is probably the greatest experience I've ever had on the golf course."

Interview: European captain Bernhard Langer

Interview: Colin Montgomerie

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