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Brussels, 1 October 2012
Message of congratulations to José María Olazábal, Team Europe Ryder Cup captain
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso has sent the following message this morning to the Team Europe Ryder Cup Captain, José María Olazábal
"On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to congratulate you and your team on a magnificent victory. To beat such a talented US team, to retain the Ryder Cup and win on American soil, is a great tribute to your superb leadership and the unity of the European team. You have fittingly honoured the legacy of Seve Ballesteros and cemented your own place in the history of this great competition.
You have brought together under the European flag a team of players with many different nationalities, languages and cultures from many different parts of Europe. Your victory will be an inspiration to so many people in Europe."
Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner responsible for sport, added:
"What an extraordinary comeback! We were staring into the abyss with a seemingly impossible deficit to overcome, but Team Europe stuck together in the face of adversity, let their talent shine and pulled off a magnificent victory. I am sure Seve Ballesteros will be cheering in heaven!"
The United States started the final day requiring only four points from the 12 on offer, but Europe's players took eight and a half to clinch a narrow 14½-13½ win and retain the trophy which they won at Celtic Manor in 2010.