America's Ryder Cup team was completely overwhelmed by Europe's planning, team spirit and individual skill says the Telegraph's Paul Hayward Rookie Jamie Donaldson struck the shot of a lifetime to secure a singles win over Keegan Bradley on Sunday and take Europe to victory over the US in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in 10 years The holders were assured of retaining the trophy when Donaldson moved four up with four to play but he then hit a stunning approach to within two feet on the 15th and Bradley, some distance away, duly conceded the putt, the match and the Ryder Cup. Victorious captain Paul McGinley, who sunk the putt that won the cup for Europe in 2002, said: "I want to say as captain it's been a real honour to get these 12 players, they have all been Colossus, and all of them, the caddies, the backroom team, five vice captains, it's been a huge team effort." It was a fitting finale for Europe, albeit with several other matches still live out on the course, as Sunday's singles followed the same pattern as the rest of the weekend. Starting the day 10-6 up, Europe needed four points to retain the trophy they won after coming back from the same score two years ago but it was mostly American red on the leaderboard after the early holes. The hosts weathered the storm, however, and gradually turned things round, with Rory McIlroy leading the way. The world number one, out in the third match, stamped his authority all over Rickie Fowler from the start and after four birdies and an eagle he was five up after six holes. Minutes later, Graeme McDowell, who sunk the decisive putt four years ago, completed his fantastic comeback to beat rookie Jordan Spieth 2 & 1 having been three down after nine holes in the first match out. Spieth had set off showing all the quality that had lit up his opening two days' play but the mistakes began to creep into his game and McDowell took full advantage. American rookie Patrick Reed completed a wonderful weekend when he got his side's first point on the board, quickly followed by Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, but with blue all over the scoreboards, nobody thought it was going to be anything other than a home win. Martin Kaymer, who had the honour of sinking the putt to complete the Miracle of Medinah two years ago, chipped in for an eagle to beat Bubba Watson 4 & 2. Justin Rose, Europe's standout performer over the first two days, found himself trailing by four after seven holes as Hunter Mahan came out firing but the Englishman hit back with four straight birdies and the match finished level after the American mis- hit a chip on the last. Then began the biennial Ryder Cup game of trying to work out which of the remaining matches would produce the decisive point. It turned out to be the 10th and Donaldson, who never trailed all day, stepped up. After spearing his long iron to within tap-in distance, American captain Tom Watson looked at Bradley and said: "Pick it up. They've won." Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.