The US have won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more, sending a strong message to Europe with a powerful performance from their youngest team in history.
Scottie Scheffler, one of six Ryder Cup newcomers for the Americans, took down world No.1 Jon Rahm in a 4-and-3 victory as the scoreboards around Whistling Straits in Wisconsin quickly filled with American red on Sunday (Monday morning AEST).
Collin Morikawa celebrates on the 17th green after sealing America’s victory in the Ryder Cup.Credit:Getty
The final blow came from Collin Morikawa, at 24 the youngest player on the team and already a two-time major champion. He holed a birdie putt on the 17th to assure the Americans at least the 14½ points they needed.
Then it was a matter of the final margin.
“I woke up this morning and I was trying to tell the guys, ‘Let’s get to 20 points’, because this is going to be the next era of Ryder Cup team for the US side,” Patrick Cantlay said, finishing an unbeaten week with a win over Shane Lowry.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys. I think they’re going to be on teams for a long time, and I wanted to send a message.”
‘We’ve got a lot of young guys. I think they’re going to be on teams for a long time.’
Tony Finau said on the eve of the matches this was “the big one” because Europe had won nine of the last 12, and the Americans had so many fresh faces without any lasting scars from watching Europe celebrate so much over the years.
The big one became one big rout.
The Europeans would have needed the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history in order to retain the cup. They trailed 11-5 entering the final day.
Bryson DeChambeau won 3 and 2 against Sergio Garcia, who a day earlier became the Ryder Cup’s most successful individual with 25 victories. Garcia had been 3-0 across the previous two days.
There was really no doubt by the time matches reached the midway mark on Sunday, with the US holding leads in four of the first five on the docket.
Even when the outcome became official, the Americans were in good shape in several other matches among the 12 singles encounters.
Europe’s Rory McIlroy won the day’s first match, topping Xander Schauffele by 3 and 2. It was McIlroy’s only point this year.
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