British press cheer Europe for once after Ryder Cup win

British press cheer Europe for once after Ryder Cup win
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark (L), Ian Poulter of England (C) and Sergio Garcia of Spain pose with the trophy after Team Europe retained the Ryder Cup on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Gleneagles Hotel in Gleneagles, Scotland.

LONDON - The British press cheered Europe's success in retaining the Ryder Cup in a victory over the United States, with Monday's front pages setting aside barbs aimed at the EU to praise of the team in blue.

The front page of broadsheet The Times showed Northern Irish player and world number one Rory McIlroy grasping the cup with a delighted expression as the team gathered around him.

The Independent newspaper praised the performance of Jamie Donaldson, who delivered what the player has described as "the wedge shot of my life" to clinch the winning point.

Its front page showed the triumphant player with a Welsh flag around his neck holding the cup and the headline "Welsh wizard Donaldson seals win for Europe".

Tabloids set aside criticism of Brussels to embrace the victory, with The Sun writing "Europeans trounce Yanks" on its front page over a blue and yellow-starred EU flag.

The Star printed the flag above a photo of McIlroy quaffing a bottle of champagne.

"We've won golf war!" read its front page headline. "Ryder Cup glory for our boys".

The Daily Mirror meanwhile showed the blue-shirted team celebrating with a foaming bottle of champagne and the headline "EU beauties".

In the run up to the event, even Nigel Farage, the leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party that campaigns for Britain to leave the bloc, declared uncharacteristic support for Europe.

"I'm Nigel Farage, and I love Europe. No, I really do - the wine, the food, the excellent transport systems, the clogs and the greatest golfers in the world," the leader said in a mock political broadcast advert for bookmaker Paddy Power.

"You, me, everybody, should get behind Team Europe." The Guardian dubbed the team the "Iron men" with a photo showing the team drenching their captain Paul McGinley in champagne.

McGinley's performance as captain was widely praised in the press, not least by the players themselves.

"That's what I call a team effort! Everyone played their part this week, so proud to be a part of #TeamEurope. Captain McGinley = phenomenal," McIlroy tweeted.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail dubbed US golfer Phil Mickelson "the calm and brutal assassin" for his criticism of team captain Tom Watson following their loss.

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