"It made the last nine of the US Open seem like a gentle game with my Dad!"
So said Graeme McDowell - the last man standing - as Colin Montgomerie's magnificent men snatched back golf's Ryder Cup from Corey Pavin's American elite in one of the most extraordinary playings of the sport's greatest competition.
The tournament came to Wales - and the magnificent Celtic Manor Resort for the first time, but furious rain storms meant another first, a Monday finish, as Europe and the USA were forced into a fourth day decider!
After three days of thrust and counter thrust and in front of 40,000 often soaked but always hugely spirited and vocal fans, Europe's determined dozen had forged a surely significant three point lead. On that third day and with all 24 players on the course the hosts, inspired by the imperious Lee Westwood, took five and half points from a possible six!
And so to 'Singles Monday'. The mist slowly lifted and the sun finally shone, knuckles were white, mouths were dry and Tiger Woods led an American assault as Captain Corey's boys scorched the scoreboard red. For Europe, laser like Luke Donald, irresistible Ian Poulter and magnificent Miguel Angel Jimenez delivered precious points. And then there was McDowell - that last man standing... The US Open Champion , The Wales Open Champion .... no finer man to make Monty's Ryder Cup dream come true.