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Europe clinch Ryder Cup with dominant display

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Europe have beaten USA to win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in some style.

The hosts took a 10-6 lead going into Sunday's 12 singles matches and needed only four more points to lift the trophy for the eighth time in the last 10 tournaments.

Wins earned by Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer put the hosts on the brink, while Justin Rose halved his match against Hunter Mahan to make sure final-day drama was kept to an absolute minimum.

It was Jamie Donaldson who clinched the winning point after beating Keegan Bradley 4&3. Bradley conceded Donaldson's winning birdie putt on the 15th to give Europe their third consecutive Ryder Cup victory and spark wild celebrations on the famous Scottish course.

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Rose the standout star thanks to five-match unbeaten streak

Rose ended top points scorer as he went through the event unbeaten after four wins and a half from his five matches.

McIlroy got the first points of the day when he eased to victory over Rickie Fowler by winning 5&4. His victory was quickly followed by McDowell who completed a magnificent comeback to beat Jordan Spieth. McDowell was three down but he managed to win five holes on the back nine to win 2&1.

Martin Kaymer also registered a point for Europe when he comfortably beat Bubba Watson 4&2 and Jamie Donaldson won the point that clinched it when he beat Keegan Bradley 4&3.

Rose won the final hole during his match with Hunter Mahan to gain a crucial half point for Europe while Garcia rallied on the back nine to overcome Jim Furyk.

Patrick Reed, who seemed to be relishing playing in his first Ryder Cup, beat Henrik Stenson to give USA their first point while there were wins for Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker.

At times USA threatened to emulate Europe from two years and make a miraculous comeback, but the hosts quickly shut the door before the Americans could build any momentum.

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