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Day 2: Europe 10-6 USA

September 27, 2014

A brilliant afternoon of foursomes golf ensured Europe will go into the final day of the 2014 Ryder Cup in a very commanding position.

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Europe player profile: Ian Poulter

September 25, 2014

Has earned the nickname of ’Mr Ryder Cup’ and it is not difficult to see why. Has twice needed a wild card, including in 2012, but has raised his game on every occasion and none more so than at Medinah. Won all four of his matches and famously birdied the last five holes alongside Rory McIlroy to beat Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson in the Saturday fourballs, after which he told his team-mates ’We have a pulse.’ Also beat Webb Simpson in the singles to take his record to 12 wins from 15 matches.

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Europe player profile: Sergio Garcia

September 25, 2014

A talismanic figure for Europe, so much so that he was brought in as a vice-captain by Colin Montgomerie in 2010 despite becoming disenchanted with golf and taking a two-month break from playing.

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Europe player profile: Rory McIlroy

September 25, 2014

McIlroy finished top of both qualifying lists by a massive margin thanks to a brilliant season which saw him win the BMW PGA Championship in May and then record three victories in succession in the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship.

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Europe: Thomas Bjorn

September 25, 2014

Has not played in the biennial contest since 2002 but brings vast experience to the side after acting as vice-captain in 2004, 2010 and 2012.

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Europe: Graeme McDowell

September 25, 2014

Held on to the final automatic qualifying place by 1.61 points after Stephen Gallacher was unable to finish in the top two in the last qualifying event in Italy.

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Europe: Henrik Stenson

September 25, 2014

Effectively sealed his place on the team in November last year when he won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to become the first player to win the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season.

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Europe player profile: Martin Kaymer

September 25, 2014

Admitted his form was so poor that he would not have picked himself for the team two years ago, but qualified automatically and ended up securing the point which ensured Europe would retain the trophy with victory over Steve Stricker.

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Europe player profile: Stephen Gallacher

September 25, 2014

Successfully defended his Dubai Desert Classic title at the start of February but came into the final qualifying event needing to win or finish joint second with just one other player to dislodge Graeme McDowell from the side.

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