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US wins Ryder Cup
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            LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Americans didn’t need a miracle putt or even the best player in the world to take back the Ryder Cup.

            Strong as a team, strong as individuals, the Americans rode the emotion of a flag-waving crowd and its two Kentucky players on Sunday to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999.

            Kenny Perry, the 48-year-old native son who felt this week would make or break his career, was part of an early American push that swung momentum in his favor. Then came fellow Kentuckian J.B. Holmes, blasting drives over the trees to birdie his last two holes and position the United States for a victory it felt was overdue.

            The Ryder Cup was clinched with a handshake when Miguel Angel Jimenez conceded a short par putt to Jim Furyk, giving the Americans the 141⁄2 points they needed to take the 17-inch gold chalice.

            Dressed in red shirts — the Sunday color of Tiger Woods, who could only watch from home — the Americans erupted into hugs and tears behind the 17th green.

            ‘‘I poured my heart and soul into this for two years,’’ U.S. captain Paul Azinger said, his voice cracking. “The players poured their heart and soul into this for one week. They deserved it. I couldn’t be happier.”

            Their only victory in the last 15 years came in 1999, and only after Justin Leonard knocked in a 45-foot putt to complete the ‘‘Miracle at Brookline’’ comeback.