Team Europe dominated the 2006 Ryder Cup and has won for an unprecedented third straight time in the 79 year history of the tournament. The final score, 18 1/2 - 9 1/2, was the same as the 2004 European win.

Phil Mickelson, the number two player in the world, scored only 1/2 points out of five matches and turned in the most dismal performance. Sunday's lone American highlight was wild card player, Scott Verplank, making a hole-in-one during the final singles match of the day. Briton Paul Casey had a hole-in-one on the same hole during Saturday's play.

Tiger Woods, the world's preeminent player, had his first winning record in a Ryder Cup and emerged as America's top scorer with three points in five matches. However, he had struggled with his game all weekend. On #7, he handed his 9-iron to his caddie, Steve Williams, who then accidently dropped the club into the Liffey River. Williams' error forced Woods to play the remaining holes with only 13 clubs.

Crowd favorite, Darren Clarke, appeared composed and focused despite the loss of his wife, Heather, to cancer on August 13. He won all three of his matches helping to secure Team Europe's convincing win.

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