Cleethorpes golfer Holly Clyburn proud to be part of a historic quadruple
CLEETHORPES golfer Holly Clyburn remains part of a historic quadruple following Europe's remarkable comeback victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.
Jose Maria Olazabal's European team stunned the Americans at Medinah, Illinois, by overturning a 10-6 deficit on the final day to win 14½-13½.
A record return of eight-and-a-half points from the 12 singles matches saw Europe retain the Ryder Cup in what will go down as one of sport's greatest comebacks.
Clyburn, 21, could relate to the drama – she was involved in a final-day turnaround when Great Britain & Ireland won this year's Curtis Cup, ending a run of seven consecutive American victories in the biennial amateur women's contest.
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And still, for the first time in history, all four major team trophies – the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup, and their amateur equivalents, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup – are in European or GB&I hands.
"It's one of the best comebacks in sport – a miracle did happen over there," said Clyburn, who finished the top-ranked British player at last month's British Open.
"We were strong coming through to win the Curtis Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Walker Cup – and then the Ryder Cup has just proved how good we are in the singles.
"To keep the chance of winning all four was an added pressure that made us really determined to bring the Curtis Cup home. This is a historic moment. And I'm very proud to have been a part of our winning team and to have brought the trophy on 'this side'.
"The boys also showed how much they wanted it and that they can play great golf, no matter how many people are watching or how noisy they are.
"It was so important to get the early singles points on the board.
"You could see the confidence rub off throughout the whole team."
Winning Ryder Cup captain Olazabal has paid tribute to fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, who died last year after a long battle with a brain tumour.
Ballesteros, who captained Europe to victory in 1997, was a big inspiration to Olazabal and the European team, who wore white shirts with a silhouette of the five-time major winner on the sleeve.
Just as the memory of Ballesteros may have inspired the 'miracle of Medinah', Clyburn's Curtis Cup team were handed an added motivation for victory in honour of former GB&I team manager Sue Turner, who passed away, aged 50, in February.
"It happened about four months before the Curtis Cup," said Clyburn, who is aiming to qualify for next year's Ladies European Tour.
"It gave us all an extra determination to get that point on the board.
"Similarly, it was amazing to watch and see how much passion the men had, not just for themselves but for the team, the captain and Seve at the same time."