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K Club, Ireland - 22-24 Sept, 2006
Europe 18-9 USA




Europe's captain Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam's European team need just 4 points from the final day's 12 singles to win the Ryder Cup outright

Colin Montgomerie tees off to a great reception from the rain-soaked crowd

Woosnam has opted to send his big guns out early on; Colin Montgomerie tees off first, against David Toms

Sergio Garcia is cheered by the crowd en route to the furst tee

Sergio Garcia has a 100% record in the Cup so far, but gets off to a shaky start against Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink celebrates holing a putt on the fourth

Wildcard selection Cink is on fine form; successive birdies see him go 4 up after the front nine against the fading Garcia

Tiger Woods hits a wood on the fairway

Singles specialist Tiger Woods faces Swedish rookie Robert Karlsson and has the better of the early action

Jim Furyk looks despondent as he shelters from the rain

Woods' partner Jim Furyk struggles with his putting while in-form opponent Paul Casey builds a four-hole lead

Darren Clarke doffs his visor to the fans

Buoyed by vocal support from the crowd, Darren Clarke is 3 up going into the back nine against Zach Johnson

Woods' caddie Steve Williams drops his nine iron in the water

Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams slips while washing his nine iron at the eighth, and the club disappears with a ripple

Paul McGinley receives applause after holing a putt

Irishman Paul McGinley takes the early initiative, but JJ Henry fights back and it's all square with five to go

Woosnam talks to the defeated Garcia

As Garcia fails to find his feet, Stewart Cink claims the first point of the day but the USA still have it all to do

Lee Westwood joins in the fun

With blue predominating on the scoreboard Lee Westwood gets in on the act, going 5 up on Chris DiMarco after nine

Colin Montgomerie wins a point for Europe

Montgomerie holes a six-footer on the 18th to put Europe's first point on the board and claim yet another singles win

Paul Casey caps off a month to remember with a 2&1 victory over Jim Furyk

Paul Casey holes a 15-footer on the 17th to dispense with Jim Furyk, the American's first singles loss in five outings

David Howell chips onto the green

With David Howell 4 up on Brett Wetterich, home fans dare to wonder which of Woosnam's men will seal victory for Europe

Luke Donald is congratulated by fiance Diane Antonopoulos

Luke Donald's 2&1 victory over Chad Campbell ensures that Europe retain the Ryder Cup trophy

Henrik Stenson is hugged by girlfriend Emma Lofgren after holing his putt on the 15th green

It's left to Swede Henrik Stenson to claim the glory putt that wins the 2006 Ryder Cup, beating Vaughn Taylor 4&3

Darren Clarke throws his club in the air and caddie Billy Foster runs to embrace him after his winning putt

But the biggest cheer of the day goes to Darren Clarke, who breaks down in tears after beating Zach Johnson 3&2

Lee Westward kicks off the celebrations with Darren Clarke

Hot on the heels of Jose Maria Olazabal's 2&1 win over Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood wins 2 up on the 18th

Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington hold the Irish flag aloft

The victorious European team take to the club house balcony to continue the celebration, roared on by the fans

Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods at the closing ceremony

Defeated US captain Tom Lehman proclaims the event the best ever at the K Club closing ceremony

Europe celebrates at the closing ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup

The European team reflect on their record-equalling 18-9 win, which seals their third consecutive Ryder Cup victory



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