Europe win the Ryder Cup on the 17th hole of the final match

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The Ryder Cup as been won by Europe after an incredible weekend at the Celtic Manor resort in South Wales.

The weather-affected week meant the public were treated to an extra day of golf and with Europe in the ascendancy entering Monday’s singles matches, they were expected to close out the match easily.

But with all the toing and froing that has been seen throughout the week, the final day carried on in the same vein with some excellent golf from the Americans taking the Ryder Cup down to the wire.

With the scores locked at 13.5 each, it came down to the final match between Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan.

And the Northern Irishman secured the win for Europe on the 17th hole after carrying the European expectations from the 14th hole onwards.

Colin Montgomerie had expressed his belief that it would come down to the wire earlier on in the week and he put his faith in McDowell to capture the Ryder Cup for Europe.

It was an inspired performance from McDowell but the European team justified their strong favouritism entering the tournament in an astonishing week.

After the washout that was Friday, the Celtic Manor responded brilliantly and provided a backdrop that equaled the quality of the golf on show.

And whilst the party will last long into the night tonight, most of the European players will be heading up to Scotland tomorrow ready for Dunhill Links which starts on Friday.

Some of the Americans will head to Georgia for the McGladerey Classic which starts on Friday and there will be plenty of betting opportunities when the betting markets open later in the week.

Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup when the two sides next meet in 2012 in Medinah, Illinois. See the full golf betting odds markets here.

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