America Wins the Ryder Cup

America Wins the Ryder Cup

Article published: 07 October, 2016

Going into the final day with a three point lead, the United States won its first Ryder Cup in eight years thanks to some stellar performances during the Sunday singles session.

Patrick Reed won a showdown with Rory McIlroy in the first match of the session, so dynamic that they halved three straight holes with birdies. McIlroy holed a 60-foot putt up the slope on the par-3 eighth and cupped his hand to his ear to a loud and occasionally provocative crowd. Reed followed with a 35-foot birdie putt, wagging his finger at McIlroy. They bumped fists and patted each other on the back. Reed holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the 1-up victory.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia combined for 19 birdies, eight of them over the last five holes. Phil's halved match and wins by Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka set up Ryan Moore to clinch the win on the 18th hole where he tapped in for par to win his match over Lee Westwood and secure the Ryder Cup for the United States.

Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson rounded out the day with wins in two of the final three remaining matches to hand the United States a six-point victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

European captain Darren Clarke said. "The American Ryder Cup team deserved to win and we're all gutted and disappointed. We will be back stronger to fight in two years' time in Paris."

USA captain Davis Love III said. "There's a lot of pressure on these guys over the last couple years, we haven't had a good run lately. I'm thrilled for them that they got the win. I'm proud of the way they competed all week. But mostly I'm proud of the way they came together as a family and supported each other."

Singles Results:

Henrik Stenson (Europe) def. Jordan Spieth (USA) 3&2
Patrick Reed (USA) def. Rory McIlroy (Europe) 1 up
Thomas Pieters (Europe) def. J.B. Holmes (USA) 3&2
Rafa Cabrera Bello (Europe) def. Jimmy Walker (USA) 3&2
Rickie Fowler (USA) def. Justin Rose (Europe) 1 up
Brooks Koepka (USA) def. Danny Willett (Europe) 5&4
Phil Mickelson (USA) and Sergio Garcia (Europe) Halved
Brandt Snedeker (USA) def. Andy Sullivan (Europe) 3&1
Ryan Moore (USA) def. Lee Westwood (Europe) 1 up
Zach Johnson (USA) def. Matthew Fitzpatrick (Europe) 4&3
Dustin Johnson (USA) def. Chris Wood (Europe) 1 up
Martin Kaymer (Europe) def. Matt Kuchar (USA) 1 up