Ryder Cup 2012: Losses by Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar opened door for Europeans

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Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar had a pair of crucial losses on Sunday that opened the door for Team Europe to win the Ryder Cup.

Team USA entered Sunday at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill. up 10-6 on Team Europe. When the day was over, Europe had come back and won 14½-13½ for their second straight Ryder Cup victory and their fifth in the last six events.

Former Georgia Bulldogs golfer Bubba Watson lost the first match of Sunday against Luke Donald, 2&1. That match unfortunately set the tone for the rest of the day.

Donald was up by as many as four holes before Watson won Nos. 15 and 16 to make it respectable. Watson had won both four-ball matches he was a part of on Friday and Saturday with Webb Simpson, though they lost their match on Saturday morning.

St. Simmons Island, Ga. resident Matt Kuchar was all square with his opponent Lee Westwood through 11 holes. After that, Kuchar lost three of the next four holes before Westwood clinched the matchup on No. 16. Kuchar had won both four-ball matches he participated in with Dustin Johnson.

The next international competition between Team USA and Team Europe will be the President's Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio in 2013.

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