The 41st Ryder Cup more than lived up to expectations as the United States on Sunday clinched its first crown since 2008, winning Sunday singles 7.5-4.5 to capture the cup by a 17-11 margin.
The Americans led by three points entering the day and pulled away from the Europeans despite some early adversity on Sunday. The first match of the day set the tone, as Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy thrilled the crowd with an incredible display of golf and emotion on the front nine. Reed pulled ahead on the back nine and hung on for a 1 Up victory with a birdie on 18 to give the Americans their first point of the day.
From there, the tide turned and the blue flags that covered the scoreboard early turned to red. Reed-McIlroy was the most emotionally charged match of the day -- and the golf was incredible on the front -- but the Phil Mickelson-Sergio Garcia match turned out to be the best golf played all day. It was the only match halved on Sunday as both players shot a 63 with a combined 19 (!) birdies.
The Europeans won three of the first four matches, as captain Darren Clarke sent out his big dogs early to put points on the board. However, the depth of the Americans proved to be too much as the United States started to get rolling in the middle of the afternoon, posting win after win until they reached 14 points. From there, only a half-point was needed to claim the Ryder Cup.
It was only fitting that the final, clinching point of the event came from Ryan Moore, the task force's 12th and final captain's selection. Moore put up 2.5 points during the Ryder Cup, including a 1 Up victory over Lee Westwood in which he charged back from a 2 Down deficit with three to play with an eagle-birdie-par finish.
The United States is now home to the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, and Davis Love III improves to 1-1 as the American captain, getting revenge for the 2012 collapse at Medinah.
Here are individual records for each player on both teams:
|United States||Record (points)||Europe||Record (points)|
|Patrick Reed||3-1-1 (3.5)||Thomas Pieters||4-1-0 (4)|
|Brandt Snedeker||3-0-0 (3)||Rory McIlroy||3-2-0 (3)|
|Brooks Koepka||3-1-0 (3)||Rafa Cabrera Bello||2-0-1 (2.5)|
|Phil Mickelson||2-1-1 (2.5)||Henrik Stenson||2-3-0 (2)|
|Jordan Spieth||2-2-1 (2.5)||Justin Rose||2-3-0 (2)|
|Ryan Moore||2-1-0 (2)||Sergio Garcia||1-2-2 (2)|
|Rickie Fowler||2-1-0 (2)||Chris Wood||1-1-0 (1)|
|Zach Johnson||2-1-0 (2)||Martin Kaymer||1-3-0 (1)|
|Dustin Johnson||2-2-0 (2)||Andy Sullivan||0-2-0 (0)|
|Matt Kuchar||2-2-0 (2)||Matthew Fitzpatrick||0-2-0 (0)|
|J.B. Holmes||1-2-0 (1)||Danny Willett||0-3-0 (0)|
|Jimmy Walker||1-2-0 (1)||Lee Westwood||0-3-0 (0)|
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