US dominates Europe to reclaim Ryder Cup
The United States has reclaimed the Ryder Cup with a record-setting 19-9 margin over Europe, the most points scored by either team since 1979.
The US contingent garnered the 14.5 points they needed to grab the gold trophy from the hands of Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The margin of victory is the largest since Europe joined the competition.
The US had fielded its youngest-ever team, with four of the top five players in the world.
This is the third time for the country to win the biennial Ryder Cup in the 21st century (3-7), and the second time in as many attempts at home.
US Team headed for convincing victory
The US headed into Sunday with a commanding score of 11-5, the biggest lead going into the last session at the Ryder Cup since 1975. The team was only 3.5 points shy of the score needed to win the tournament, while Europe needed to rack up nine more to defend its 2018 title.
Captain Steve Stricker’s team won three of the four team sessions on Saturday and tied the fourball sessions.
Team US conquers in singles
The Americans pulled away with singles victories by Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler, and Bryson DeChambeau. Ryder Cup first-timer Scheffler defeated world number one Jon Rahm with a 4-and-3 victory.
Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Daniel Berger also won their singles matches. Dustin Johnson became the first American to chalk up a 5-0 slate since Larry Nelson achieved the feat in 1979.
24-year-old Collin Morikawa, another Ryder Cup rookie and the youngest player on the American team, finally dashed Europe’s hopes of a come-from-behiind victory after holing a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that assured a US victory.
After its lopsided win, the US has another challenge to face- to win the Cup on the road, which the team has not achieved since 1993.