Papers hail Europe's 'Miracle of Medinah'

The papers are full of praise for the European team for the way they fought back to beat USA at the Ryder Cup.

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Nicolas Colsaerts, Sergio Garcia, and Graeme McDowell and (back row L-R) Ian Poulter, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Lee Westwood, captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Justin Rose, Luke Donald , Peter Hanson, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer pose with Ryder Cup

The greatest individual compliments seems to be for Ian Poulter while many papers took the line that this just caps the greatest year in British sporting history.

We've cherry picked some of the best headlines and comments from the national press.

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The Daily Telegraph: The Greatest Escape

Paul Hayward: Frank Sinatra sang it: 'Bet your bottom dollar, you’ll lose the blues in Chicago'. The song is for Europe’s golfers now: 'They have the time, the time of their life'. As Europe stumbled into this epic final day 10-6 down and facing a battering, it felt as if summer had finally given up all its pleasures. After London 2012, Bradley Wiggins, Andy Murray and the rest, we were due an anti-climax. But this sporting year is incapable of dullness, one-sidedness, hollow drama. 2012: annus mirabilis.

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The Daily Mail: We did it for Seve

Martin Samuel: Has 2012 been the best year for sport in Great Britain? After this, there can surely be no doubt. The Olympics and Paralympics, the title decided with the last kick of the domestic football season, Chelsea the Champions of Europe, Bradley Wiggins the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Andy Murray the first tennis Grand Slam winner in 76 years. And now this: Europe's Brookline, but without the boorish conclusion. How did they do it? How did they beat an American team that had at last seemed to have mastered the concept of Ryder Cup unity? Make no mistake: this is America's harshest defeat.

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Daily Mirror: Miracle of Medinah

Oliver Holt: To those lists we all did for Sports Personality of the Year after the Olympics and Paralympics, we can add the name of Ian Poulter. Because among all the 12 heroes of this team, Poulter was the leader, the man who stood tallest, the man who summoned defiance when others were falling. And what about McIlroy. After all the drama, arriving at the course in a police car 11 minutes before his tee time, he played beautifully. His role was vital. He took down Keegan Bradley, the kingpin and cheerleader of the US team.

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The Sun: Ollylujah!

Steven Howard: They saved the best to last. After a summer unsurpassed in the annals of sporting history, Europe’s Ryder Cup team went and rewrote it here at Medinah yesterday. And I can tell you one thing for nothing: The Windy City looks mighty pretty this morning. Jose Maria Olazabal’s Europe had been written off in the morning as embarking on Mission Impossible. We said that barring a miracle all that was left was the administering of the last rites. That there was a mathematical chance was only because of Ian Poulter’s five birdies in the last five holes the previous night. With two hours to go yesterday the USA were STILL predicted to win 16½-11½. Well, the European bravehearts showed us all.

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The Times: 'Of the 17 matches that I have seen this was the greatest yet'

John Hopkins: Being a sportswriter is a pretty good gig, but being a golf writer and setting off to cover the Ryder Cup, on whichever side of the Atlantic it is taking place, creates levels of envy that should be illegal. The Ryder Cup are three words that are guaranteed to bring a smile to any golfer. That biennial competition that delivers thrills and skills and has done it once again. Does anything else in sport rival this competition for practically guaranteed excitement?

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The Independent: Better late than never – McIlroy creates his own time zone of brilliance

James Lawton: For Rory McIlroy there will be safer, more serene days when the world will see only the easiness of his talent and a boyish refusal to take life too seriously but yesterday was not about safety or serenity or anything that did not make the blood race and the art of the possible stretch beyond all reason. His European team stunned the world of golf and much of the rest of sport with the greatest comeback on foreign soil in the 85-year history of the Ryder Cup and there, amid all the improbable glory and sustained and brilliant nerve which would have delighted the man to whom it was dedicated, the great Seve Ballesteros, McIlroy's place was quite extraordinary.

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The Daily Record: Cast Iron Cert

David McCarthy: Muhammad Ali used to say: "It ain’t bragging if you can back it up." Chances are, The Greatest hasn’t even heard of Ian Poulter but the phrase could have been coined for the man who has been the face of this year’s Ryder Cup. The eyes-popping, vein-bulging face of the Ryder Cup. Poulter knew he was good and we knew he was good because he has told us often enough. But at Celtic Manor two years ago, he proved it and even before yesterday’s thrilling singles victory over Webb Simpson, it was the Englishman’s attitude and ability that had made this Ryder Cup something special. So much so that his captain would love to see his passion for the event immortalised in bronze.

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Daily Star: Special Kay

Iain Stewart: German Martin Kaymer showed nerves of steel to sink the crucial putt which took Europe to 14 points and an unassailable lead, having started the day 10-6 down. It also matched the previous best-ever Ryder Cup comeback when Ben Crenshaw's 1999 US team hit back from nowhere to claim victory at Brookline. Olazabal was rightly criticised for some of his earlier dubious selections. But yesterday he gambled on stacking the top of his singles order with his big guns in the hope of getting plenty of blue on the scoreboard. And it worked as they all came out blazing.

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Daily Express: Extra special Poults staring at greatness

Neil Squires: What is it about Ian Poulter and the Ryder Cup? How is it that the planet’s 28th best golfer can become a world-beater for three days every two years? Poulter added to his extraordinary record in this epic contest with one of the greatest Ryder Cup finishes to any round on Saturday night and afterwards his proud dad, Terry, offered the following explanation.

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The Guardian: The chants of 'USA, USA' fall silent amid team's spectacular collapse

Steve Busfield: After two days of triumphalism came silence. Followed by chants of "Olé, olé, olé, olé, olé, olé." Even before the final blow was struck in Europe's amazing triumph, tens of thousands of Americans were streaming towards the exits stunned by the turnaround. The whooping, hollering and chants of "USA! USA!" that had been the main features of days one and two disappeared. The European fans gathered around the 18th green to enjoy the moment. The departing fans taunted by one group with a chant of "10-6 and you f****d it up".

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