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Summary

  1. Final score: Europe 16½-11½ United States
  2. Jamie Donaldson secures the point that retains the Ryder Cup for Europe
  3. McIlroy, McDowell, Kaymer, Garcia & Donaldson win singles points
  4. Europe win the Ryder Cup three times in a row for only the third time

Live Reporting

By Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "The Scottish fans won't see anything like this again. For me to be involved was something special. It was an intensity I wasn't used to. For me to be back in the boiling pot of real sportsmen was marvellous."

This is all a bit weird, the Americans have been banished from the stage like the bad class at school assembly and the Europeans are let loose with the champagne. Could be about time to wrap this, I'm not sure what else there is to say, other than good night and hope to see you in Hazeltine in 2016.

Europe team captain Paul McGinley
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Europe captain Paul McGinley: "We lift this trophy not just on behalf of the players but also on behalf of every one of the people in the continent - all languages, cultures and religions. I'm sure that everyone is proud to stand behind these players.

"To Tom and the United States team, although you don't carry the trophy you have won as participants in another staging of the Ryder Cup, in the skill and exuberance you have shown that will encourage people to take up our great sport and in helping promote golf as it faces the challenges of modern time.

"In winning a Ryder Cup as captain will now forever be linked in history with my golfing hero Tom Watson. Thank you to all the fans for your unbelievable and always noisy support."

McGinley introduces each of his players individually and it's time for us all to go home. After the great tradition that is the lowering of the flags and the playing of the national anthems... funnily enough, the Star-Spangled Banner elicits rather more emotion from the American players than Beethoven's Ode To Joy does from the Europeans, with Bubba roaring out the words and shaking with emotion. Hang on, apparently they haven't handed over the trophy yet...

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"The caddies all stand to applaud their captain. The players stand too. They'll all be having a few drinks tonight. And the vice-captains stand too. Everyone thought it would be a case of too many cooks spoil the broth."

Team Europe captain Paul McGinley (L) applauds as he stands next to the Ryder Cup as Team U.S. captain Tom Watson
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United States captain Tom Watson: "I congratulate Paul McGinley and his team on a magnificent performance and would like to say a big thank you to the fans here. Your humour had me chuckling at times and I'd especially like to thank the Americans - you were vastly outnumbered but never stopped shouting.

"We arrived united and depart united. United in our pride for our country and what the colours mean on that flag. As I told my players earlier this week, it has been an honour and a privilege to be their captain. Europe played wonderfully this week, you should be very proud. But we are going to come back stronger in two years."

Alex Salmond being booed as he steps up to hand over the trophy to Paul McGinley, but the boos turn to cheers as the handover is made. Paul McGinley spent three days at Victor Dubuisson's house? "Oui, Paul, I told you when you first arrived three days ago, I will play. Now please go home now..."

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Stephanie Wei: McGinley went to 25 events this year, had dinners w/players, went to visit Dubuisson at his home for 3 days. Really understood his players.

In stark contrast to Medinah in 2012, at least the Americans are smiling this time. Mind you, Phil Mickelson would still be smiling if he had been drifting on a raft at sea for four months. American skipper Tom Watson delivering his speech - "Paul [McGinley], your team was full of studs this week..."

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Andy Murray: Great job Europe... sounds like a very clinical performance at gleneagles! Imagine the celebrations could get a bit messy tonight!

Furyk loses again

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Justin Ray: Jim Furyk is now the first player in US history to lose 20 Ryder Cup matches.

News reaches me that Phil Mickelson, who didn't hit a shot on Saturday, has chucked skipper Tom Watson under a bus in an interview with the Golf Channel, I'm sure more details will be out there soon. We still have pipers on stage and no players - as I type, the pipers cease and off they march...

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

Europe team captain Paul McGinley
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"The best captain I have seen of a Ryder Cup team is Paul McGinley, no question about it. The Americans are completely ad hoc. So they start so far behind Europe every time."

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Patrick Reed: "I'm disappointed but we'll build from it and get ourselves going to play in two years.

"It was a blast. I just wanted to get the crowd going on both sides, screaming and yelling and shouting. Henrik is a good friend of mine and I was glad I was able to get the crowd into it.

"Tom Watson is a great guy and mentor and legend of this game. We let him down. But they played better than we did."

No long and rambling closing ceremony, or so I'm told, which has to be a good thing - turn up, get the thing done, hand over the trophy, get down to some drinking. Sad to say but I get the feeling Tom Watson's reputation might take a few dents in the days to come, there seemed to be more chemistry between him and the European boys than his own team.

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"The European team are bouncing on the 18th green in celebration. It's a moment they will cherish, there's no doubt about that."

Rory McIlroy and Victor Dubuisson
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... no sooner have Johnson and Dubuisson shaken hands than the Frenchman is attacked by Mad McIlroy and a new bottle of champagne - Dubuisson isn't looking so mysterious now, flat on his back and dripping in Moet and Chandon. Cue bagpipes, there will be much booze drunk in Gleneagles this evening.

Singles final scores

Ryder Cup 2014 Score: Europe 16.5 USA 11.5
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Graeme McDowell beat Jordan Spieth 2&1

Henrik Stenson lost to Patrick Reed 1UP

Rory McIlroy beat Rickie Fowler 5&4

Justin Rose halved with Hunter Mahan

Stephen Gallacher lost to Phil Mickelson 3&1

Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson 4&2

Thomas Bjorn lost to Matt Kuchar 4&3

Sergio Garcia beat Jim Furyk 1UP

Ian Poulter halved with Webb Simpson

Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3

Lee Westwood lost to Jimmy Walker 3&2

Victor Dubuisson halved with Zach Johnson

Complete scores

Dubuisson v Johnson

Match halved

Europe up

Johnson has got a very tricky putt himself but he manages to bend his to within 15 feet or so. McIlroy has gone early! The cork blows off the champagne bottle he's been nursing and goes flying across the green, what a ruddy eejit. And what a shot this is from Dubuisson, who sticks his chip to within a few feet. But it's not good enough, because Johnson makes his to halve the match. And that was that...

Tom Watson
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United States captain Tom Watson: "The real difference was the foursomes. The combined scores for our team in foursomes were really, really high compared to theirs.

"We made them think about us early on in the singles and then they turned it on but the foursomes play is what separated the two teams.

"You played your best but it wasn't good enough. You've got to find out what it takes to play a little bit better."

Victor Dubuisson
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Dubuisson's second into 18 is a little bit wild and the Frenchman is assailed by cameramen and fellow players as he makes his way to the back of the green. The Frenchman pitching on from the rough... and he's made a dog's dinner of it, sending across the green and back down a swell...

Jamie Donaldson
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This is the third time Europe have won the Ryder Cup three times in succession, their most amount of wins in a row. The United States hold the record, having won seven on the trot twice, but that was when they weren't playing the whole of Europe.

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"The fact of the matter is, when Tom Watson was appointed it was in the wake of him finishing second at the Open championship (in 2009). There was a feeling he'd tap into the US team. But the vibe that I've had is there was no direct line of communication between the captain, the vice captains and the players."

Dubuisson has bombed his drive down the 18th and Johnson's isn't bad either, although some way back. Here comes Miguel Angel Jimenez, driving his buggy down the 18th, cigar in hand, waving regally, as Johnson prepares to play his second. Yanks it left of the green...

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Jamie Donaldson of Wales celebrates on the 15th green
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Aran Hayashi: Europe will dominate the Ryder Cup for years to come. So much talent coming through

Tom Butcher: Europe have been phenomenal all weekend! Unbelievable golf played, fair play to America for making a contest of it!

Simon Westland: Every one of the 12 players contributed to this win. Superb team performance

Johnson misses his par putt, meaning Dubuisson has a six-footer to win the match... didn't hit the little bleeder, hole halved in four, Dubuisson guaranteed to remain unbeaten...

Dubuisson and Johnson side by side in the sand and the Frenchman plays first and comes up a little short. The Frenchman, in contrast to Johnson, hasn't lost all week and therefore remains unbeaten in Ryder Cups, so he won't be coughing this up either. Johnson almost matches him with his escape...

Dubuisson tugs his tee shot at 17 and finds sand, as does Johnson. Zach is staring down the barrel at three defeats in a week so he won't be giving up the ghost.

Dubuisson v Johnson

Europe 1 up after 16

Europe up

I'm not afraid to admit my focus has slightly gone as well, sorry about that. What I can tell you is that Johnson could only make par at 16 and Dubuisson somehow walked off with a birdie after being next to a tree in two, meaning the Frenchman sneaks a lead.

Johnson safely on in three at 16, Dubuisson playing from in front of a tree. He has a swing and he has plenty of history of scrambling, he's like a modern-day Seve... stiffs it short of the hole, that was almost mysterious in its brilliance...

Europe 16-11 USA - Europe have retained the Ryder Cup

Singles latest scores:

Ryder Cup 2014 Score: Europe 16 USA 11
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Graeme McDowell beat Jordan Spieth 2&1

Henrik Stenson lost to Patrick Reed 1UP

Rory McIlroy beat Rickie Fowler 5&4

Justin Rose halved with Hunter Mahan

Stephen Gallacher lost to Phil Mickelson 3&1

Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson 4&2

Thomas Bjorn lost to Matt Kuchar 4&3

Sergio Garcia beat Jim Furyk 1UP

Ian Poulter halved with Webb Simpson

Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3

Lee Westwood lost to Jimmy Walker 3&2

Victor Dubuisson v Zach Johnson - A/S after 15

Phil Mickelson and wife Amy
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Europe's Ian Poulter in the Ryder Cup
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Ian Poulter speaking to Sky Sports: "The US came at us hard this morning, like we expected, but Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose managed to turn their matches around. It is just incredible.

"The captain [Paul McGinley] was superb - from the images on the team room walls to the way he treated everyone just the same.

"The way that Rory [McIlroy] did it today was enormously impressive. He pressed it home all the way from the start. There weren't enough of big moments from me this week, but it is not about the players it is about the team."

It's a bit tricky trying to focus on what's going on out on the course but we have Victor Dubuisson and Zach Johnson still going at it down the last. The Frenchman has made a nause-up of his approach but you can't blame him for being deflated.

Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia speaking to Sky Sports: "I hit a couple of wayward shots on my round, but the finish was amazing over the last few holes. I am not someone who cries but coming down 17 I couldn't hold it. This event is so special and I have been lucky to play in so many.

"Paul McGinley was so methodical, touching on every area that he needed to. I have been fortunate to have some great captains, but Paul did things differently and in great style. He was a little bit more modern, looking into little things that we could do better and he has been on at me for months about how much he wants me to be in his team. That helped me play well."

Europe team captain Paul McGinley shakes hands with United States team captain Tom Watson with Jamie Donaldson
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"If we could have played four fourballs, we might have had a match there," says a smiling Tom Watson to Paul McGinley.

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America's Matt Kuchar: "It's tough but the Europeans are playing some great golf. Bubba and I played fantastic yesterday but we couldn't keep up with Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. That summed it up for me. That's been the way the cup has gone the last few times.

"All of us get home and then we get ready to play what comes next. There's not much else you can do."

I had a buzz from every conversation with Tom Watson, says McGinley

Paul McGinley (left) and Tom Watson
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Europe captain Paul McGinley: "The Ryder Cup has evolved. I've seen the mistakes we've made over the years and I've changed things a little bit. Bringing in a fifth vice-captain I think helped us in those afternoon foursomes. Des [Smyth] on the first day and Ole [Jose Maria Olazabal] on the second day were brilliant, they did so much to prepare the guys for those sessions. For fans from the corner of Ireland to the bottom of Turkey, that's who I'm proud and happy for.

"It was an incredible performance from Graeme McDowell. In some ways it was a bit of a gamble to play him only three times this week. But I told him all along I wanted him out first on Sunday and he had enough energy to turn around a deficit like that.

"Tom Watson was my golfing hero growing up. He still is to a large extent, there are so many qualities I still admire. I think a lot of my golfing personality has come from watching Tom over the years. I've enjoyed every conversation we've had together over the last two years and I always had a buzz when I saw a message coming in from Tom Watson."

Poulter v Simpson

Match halved

My apologies, Simpson is actually one up heading down the 18th and could be about to deal Poulter a first defeat in Ryder Cup singles. Poulter's long putt comes up short, but Simpson must have made a hash of things somewhere back down the fairway because the Englishman nicked that last hole to remain unbeaten in five singles matches going back to 2004.

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"Tom Watson was the last man to captain an overseas win for the USA (in 1993) but not only have they been outplayed, they've been outfought and outthought. It's little wonder every player we've heard from has praised Paul McGinley to the heights."