Miracle at Medinah 2012

Miracle at Medinah 2012 The ‘Miracle at Medinah’ was the term coined by the European media to describe an unlikely victory for the European team, captained by José María Olazábal, in the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Illinois in September, 2012. Heading into the 12 singles matches on the final day, Europe trailed 10-6, therefore requiring 8 points to retain the Ryder Cup and 8½ points to win it outright. Only once before had such a deficit been overturned, by the US team in the so-called ‘Battle of Brookline’ – subsequently described by European captain Sam Torrance as ‘the most disgraceful and disgusting day in the history of professional golf’ – in 1999.

Prophetically, commentator Peter Alliss said, ‘A European victory can still happen, but they have to get away to a good start.’ That they did, winning the first four singles matches, courtesy of Luke Donald, Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter to tie the scores 10-10. The scores were tied again at 13-13, but Steve Stricker three-putted the penultimate hole to give Martin Kaymer a one-hole lead; the German held his nerve, rolling home a crucial five-foot putt on the final hole to put Europe in an unassailable position at 14-13. In the final match, Tiger Woods unceremoniously bogeyed the eighteenth and conceded the hole to Italian Francesco Molinari, halving the match and handing Europe victory at 14½–13½.

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Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon 2013

Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon 2013 Having already become the first British man since Fred Perry, in 1936, to win a Grand Slam final, with victory in the 2012 US Open, Andy Murray made even bigger headlines the following year by becoming the first British man since Perry to win the men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships. Murray, 26, did so in some style, too, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in three hours and 10 minutes.

Fresh from a straight-sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, in West Kensington, second-seeded Murray was largely untroubled in the early rounds of the Wimbledon Championships. However, having progressed to the quarter-final stages without dropping a set, he had to recover from two sets down against the unseeded Fernando Verdasco and, again, from a set down against twenty-fourth seed Jerzy Janowicz to set up a clash with number one seed Novak Djokovic in the final.

Played in blazing sunshine and temperatures approaching 50ºC, the final was a high-octane, albeit uncharacteristically erratic, affair, strewn win unforced errors, particularly on the part of Djokovic. Murray took a two-set lead, courtesy of a love service game, and broke serve to lead 2-0 in the third set, before Djokovic reeled off four games in a row to lead 4-2. Murray led again, and served for the match, at 5-4, but squandered three Championship points before finally converting a fourth. Having finally laid the ghost of Fred Perry to rest, Murray said afterwards, ‘It was an unbelievably tough match, so many long games.’

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