US Win Ryder Cup At Hazeltine !
The US team have won the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National by 17-11 after winning the singles by 7½-4½. At the start of play on Sunday the US were leading Europe 9½-6½ and needed to win 5 of the 12 singles to secure victory and they gained 7½ points and the victory. This is the first time the US have won the Ryder Cup since 2008 and Davis Love III has gained his revenge for the 2012 collapse at Medinah.
The first match between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed provided great golf and emotion. Reed moved ahead on the back nine and held on for a 1up win with a birdie on 18. This turned the tide and the blue flags began to turn red. Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson played some superb golf as both players shot 63 with 19 birdies between them.
Europe won three of the first four matches, but the strength in depth of the Americans proved strong as the wins came in and they reached 14 points.
Ryan Moore (US) was two down with three to play, eagled 16, birdied 17 and made par at 18 to win his match.
The singles results are: Rory McIlroy lost to Patrick Reed by 1 hole. Henrik Stenson beat Jordan Spieth 3&2. Thomas Pieters beat J. B. Holmes 3&2. Rickie Fowler beat Justin Rose 1up. Rafa Cabrera Bello beat Jimmy Walker 3&2. Sergio Garcia havled with Phil Mickelson. Lee Westwood lost to Ryan Moore by 1 hole. Andy Sullivan lost to Brandt Snedeker 3&1. Chris Wood lost to Dustin Johnson by 1 hole. Danny Willett lost to Brooke Koepka 5&4. Martin Kaymer beat Matt Kuchar by 1 hole. Matthew Fitzpatrick lost to Zach Johnson 4&3.
Darren Clarke said after the defeat: “The bottom line is, the better team won! Some of the scoring has just been off the charts. At the end of the day, congratulations to Davis, and we’ll try to win it back!”
Davis Love III said earlier in the week: “This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled. If we just go play our game, ignore the noise, work hard, do your job, everything else will take care of itself.” and he was right. Well done to the US team for a historic Ryder Cup victory.