US captures first Ryder Cup since 2016 with strong performance on final day
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The U.S. held strong and defeated Europe to win the Ryder Cup on Sunday.
The U.S. was the first team to reach the 14.5-point threshold needed to claim the trophy. It’s the Americans’ first Ryder Cup championship since 2016 and they did it at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
The U.S. would finish with a 19-9 victory.
Team USA’s Patrick Cantlay walks to the fourth tee during a singles match the Ryder Cup at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
The Americans came out of the gate strong on Friday, picking up six points and then another five on Saturday. The team came into Sunday with one of the largest leads in recent memory.
Sunday was the big test for the U.S. with the singles competition. But Scottie Scheffler and Patrick Cantlay came through early in the afternoon with points while Rory McIlroy tried to rally the Europeans, defeating Xander Schauffele 3&2 in their match.
Scheffler finished undefeated in his first Ryder Cup appearance, 2-0-1.
Bryson DeChambeau would hold off Sergio Garcia 3&2.
Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau reacts to his putt on the 11th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Collin Morikawa would give the U.S. the half-point it needed to clinch and the fans went wild.
The Ryder Cup was moved to September 2021 after the coronavirus made an impact on sports worldwide, including golf. The move was made to push the Ryder Cup back to 2021.
In 2018, Europe dominated the U.S., 17.5 to 10.5. The U.S. had a four-point deficit going into the final day in that event but couldn’t overcome Europe’s lead.
In 2016, the U.S. picked up the 17-11 lead. The Americans were only up 3.5 points going into the final day and managed to hang on, winning seven singles matches. Davis Love III was the captain of the team then and they won at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
Fans cheer on the first tee during a Ryder Cup singles match at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
The U.S. has now won three times since 2000. The other time came in 2008 with Paul Azinger as the captain. The U.S. won that time 16.5 to 11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
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