The Europeans trailed by four points entering Sunday, but Kaymer's 1-up decision against Stricker assured their furious comeback would result in a 14 1/3-13 1/2 victory and a successful defense of the Ryder Cup Crown.
Stricker needed to win the final hole to keep the Americans alive, but Kaymer sank a 6-foot birdie putt and the Europeans equaled the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the event.
They matched a four-point rally staged by the 1999 U.S. team. That squad was playing on its home soil, while the Europeans did so Sunday at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
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