When Montgomerie took the final day's first match, 1 up over David Toms, Monty prevented the surge that U.S. captain Tom Lehman had prayed for and preserved his own remarkable record of never having lost a Ryder Cup singles match. He's 3--0.
In the giddiness and spray of champagne at the end of the day, there was one more thing to consider about the '06 Ryder Cup and all those yet to come: Europe's deep-seeded love of beating the U.S. It's a real advantage. Europeans think of us as the world's children—too loud, too pushy and in need of a spanking, while we have no equivalent lust to defeat Irish and Swedes and Scots and Spaniards. Europe's win at the K Club felt so good that even the stoic Stenson smiled.
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