The US crushed Europe 19-9 to recapture the Ryder Cup on Sunday in a efficiency captain Steve Stricker referred to as the “biggest of all time”. Collin Morikawa, the 24-year-old world quantity three, delivered the profitable half level when he tied his match with Viktor Hovland at Whistling Straits. He was one in all eight 20-somethings on a US crew that featured 9 gamers on the earth’s high 11 — all gunning to regain the coveted trophy received by Europe in France three years in the past. “Speechless,” US captain Steve Stricker mentioned, tearing up as he talked of the dedication that resulted in dominant victory.
The Individuals grew to become the primary crew to notch 19 factors, beating the earlier document of 18.5 achieved twice by every crew earlier than.
“That is the best crew of all time proper right here,” Stricker mentioned. “These guys are unbelievable.
“They arrive with loads of ardour, loads of power, loads of sport. They’re simply so good.”
World quantity two Dustin Johnson, at 37 the oldest member of the crew, supplied a template for his youthful colleagues, his 1-up victory singles victory over Paul Casey giving him an ideal 5-0 document in a most 5 matches.
He grew to become the primary American since Larry Nelson in 1979 — and simply the fifth participant ever — to go five-for-five when he prevailed in a tightly contested battle with Casey that noticed them tie the primary 5 holes.
Johnson took the lead for good on the eighth, however he by no means led by greater than two and could not put Casey away till the bitter finish.
Johnson mentioned he shared a key trait along with his younger teammates in that fueled their bid to cease Europe profitable a fifth Ryder Cup in six editions.
“We don’t prefer to lose,” he mentioned. “We had loads of rookies on the Ryder Cup, but it surely did not really feel like they have been rookies … they usually did not play like they have been rookies. They stepped as much as the plate and the all wished it.”
They made that clear from the beginning and took an 11-5 lead into Sunday’s 12 singles matches, the six-point hole greater than both crew has ever overcome on the ultimate day to raise the trophy.
It meant the Individuals wanted simply 3.5 factors to win the Cup.
Padraig Harrington’s Europe wanted 9 to retain it, and it was clear when the US powered to the lead in a lot of the early matches that they would not do it.
Morikawa, who received his second main title on the British Open this 12 months, had assured the US of victory with a superb birdie on the par-three seventeenth, the place he blasted his tee shot to 3 ft, going 1-up with one to play.
He missed a six-footer at 18 to win the match outright, however because of his half-point the American celebrations have been already underway.
Scottie Scheffler, a Ryder Cup newcomer with the bottom rating within the US crew at 21 on the earth, had opened the floodgates when he took out world primary Jon Rahm 4&3.
Rahm, who had excelled all week amid Europe’s total struggles, grew to become simply the third world primary to lose a Ryder Cup singles match.
“All of us noticed it, we knew it was taking place,” Jordan Spieth mentioned of Scheffler’s convincing victory, which Johnson referred to as “one factor that would actually push the US crew.”
‘Finest occasion in golf’
Rory McIlroy gained the primary level of the day with a 3&2 victory over Olympic champion Xander Schauffele, however his first win of the week was no trigger for celebration as he contemplated the flood of pink on the scoreboard.
“(I am) extremely proud to be part of this crew,” McIlroy mentioned, his voice cracking. “I have been extraordinarily dissatisfied that I have never contributed extra for the crew.”
Patrick Cantlay, the US PGA Tour’s participant of the 12 months and FedEx Cup playoff champion, polished off European rookie Shane Lowry 4&2.
Bryson DeChambeau adopted with a 3&2 victory over Sergio Garcia, the Spanish Ryder Cup nice who this week took his tally of match wins to a document 25.
DeChambeau’s energy proved an excessive amount of for Garcia. The American set the tone on the first gap, driving the inexperienced on the par-four and striding off the tee to wild cheers along with his driver held aloft.
He received the outlet with a 41-foot eagle putt and led the remainder of the best way.
Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion, had taken a 1-up lead over Cantlay with a birdie on the par-5 second, however Cantlay roared away from there.
The American received 4 straight holes for a 3-up lead, and did not path once more, profitable the final three holes for the convincing rating.
4-time main champion Brooks Koepka rallied for a 2&1 victory over Bernd Wiesberger and Justin Thomas led all the best way in a 4&3 victory over Tyrrell Hatton.
Veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood delivered singles victories, Poulter beating Tony Finau 3&2 and Westwood edging Harris English 1-up.
Tommy Fleetwood grabbed yet one more half level for Europe when he rallied from 1-down by means of 15 to tie Spieth — who has nonetheless by no means received a Ryder Cup singles match in 4 makes an attempt.
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