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Team USA dominate Team Europe to win the Ryder Cup
It was a performance for the ages but Team USA dominated the Europeans to claim their first Ryder Cup in 5 years. From the first day Team USA got off to a solid start winning 3 of their first 4 matches in the Foursomes and back it up in the afternoon Four Ball winning 2 of their matches and halving 2.
Their lead on the first day was 6 and 2.
Trying to turn their fortunes around on the Saturday it was another disappointing performance from the Europeans. The Europeans only managed to win a match in the Foursomes again and the lead was out to 9 and 3. In the afternoon they got off to a better start winning their first two matches in the Four Ball but last the two and were facing a massive challenge in the singles on Sunday.
Going into the Sunday singles the Europeans trailed Team USA 11 to 5 and were looking down a massive defeat. With no other choice, European Team Captain Pádraig Harrington had to roll the dice and send out his best first in the singles but unfortunately there was no fairy tale ending for them. Europe went down 19 – 9.
Schauffele (U.S.) vs. McIlroy (Europe) -- 3&2
Cantlay (U.S.) vs. Lowry (Europe) -- 4&2
Scheffler (U.S.) vs. Rahm (Europe) -- 4&3
DeChambeau (U.S.) vs. Garcia (Europe) -- 3&2
Morikawa (U.S.) vs. Hovland (Europe) -- TIE
Johnson (U.S.) vs. Casey (Europe) -- 1UP
Koepka (U.S.) vs. Wiesberger (Europe) -- 2&1
Finau (U.S.) vs. Poulter (Europe) -- 3&2
Thomas (U.S.) vs. Hatton (Europe) -- 4&3
English (U.S.) vs. Westwood (Europe) -- 1UP
Spieth (U.S.) vs. Fleetwood (Europe) -- TIE
Berger (U.S.) vs. Fitzpatrick (Europe) -- 1UP
"It means so much. ... To clinch this and bring the cup back to home soil, it feels so good," Morikawa said after his Sunday round. "... The guys pulled through. We didn't let up, and looking at the leaderboard, hopefully we can keep going and hit the 18.5 or get past that. ... I don't think this is just a win. It's a dominant win. Everyone showed up. All 12 of us, when we're called upon, we show up."
"This is the greatest team of all-time right here," U.S. captain Steve Stricker said.
"I never won a major," he said later with tears in his eyes. "This is my major right here."
"Speechless. These guys all came together. They had a mission this week," Stricker said. "Brooks and Bryson wanted to play together. That's how much they all came together. This is a new era for USA golf."
After his match Rory McIlroy — who lost all three of his four-ball/foursomes matches — broke down on camera.
“I love being a part of this team. I love my teammates so much and I should have done more for them this week,” he said in tears.
“I’m glad I put a point on the board for Europe today but, you know, I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.
“It is by far the best experience in golf and I hope that the boys and girls watching this today are inspired to play in this event or the Solheim Cup because there’s nothing better than being a part of a team. Especially the bond we have in Europe.
“No mater what happens after this I’m proud of everyone of those players who played this week. I’m proud of our captains and vice captains.”