MEDINAH, Ill. -- Martin Kaymer holed the par putt that sent all of Europe into hysterics as the German and his euphoric teammates were understandably overcome with joy.
The Europeans had just staged a remarkable comeback at Medinah Country Club and had assured themselves of retaining the Ryder Cup.
But they had not assured themselves of victory over the United States.
It is an odd part of the Ryder Cup that allows for the competition to end in a tie. If it does, the team that last won the Cup retains it.
But isn't a tie better than a loss?
With Kaymer on the 18th green, standing in the fairway waiting to play were Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari. Woods led the match 1 up. If Woods wins his match, the Ryder Cup ends in a 14-14 tie.
Yes, the Europeans retain the Cup, but the Americans could still stay they didn't lose the Ryder Cup.
Why wouldn't that matter?