Europe glory after heroic Weber comeback
USA 14 – 17 Europe
USA 215 – 196 Europe
Bill O’Neill 289 - 182 Stuart Williams
Tommy Jones 214 – 215 Mika Koivuniemi
Mike Fagan 234 – 233 Mika Koivuniemi
Bill O’Neill 220 – 236 Dom Barrett
Tommy Jones 204 – 216 Martin Larsen
Chris Barnes 227 – 237 Stuart Williams
COMETH THE HOUR cometh the man and this year it was Stuart Williams who delivered the telling balls to bring the 888.com Weber Cup back to Europe after a pulsating Sunday at the Barnsley Metrodome.
The Phoenix-based Williams beat American captain Chris Barnes 237-227 to give his side their 17th and final point after Europe mounted a stellar comeback on Sunday afternoon after being behind for most of the event. It was Europe’s sixth win in the 14 years of the event, and after last year’s drubbing at the hands of the Americans, was all the sweeter.
“I’m more than proud of them; they’re a great team and we worked hard the whole weekend,” said an emotional Mika Koivuniemi, the European captain.
“We were behind on Friday but we never gave up and worked hard to make the adjustments we needed. Yes, we were the underdogs but when you work hard anything is possible,” he added.
“It was fantastic but I’m lost for words, which is a rarity for me,” said a normally garrulous Williams.
“Once I got the strike in fifth it relaxed me and I felt a bit confident with the line and then crowd started to get going.”