Kohler (United States) (AFP)
The United States won the Ryder Cup on Sunday, taking an insurmountable lead over Europe in the team golf showdown to claim the trophy.
After the victories of Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson Dechambeau who put the Americans on the verge of victory at 14-6, it was the two-time major winner Collin Morikawa who dealt the decisive blow.
Needing only half a point to secure a victory for the United States, Morikawa hit a par-3 tee shot 17th three feet from the hole.
After Norway’s Viktor Hovland missed a 45-foot birdie putt, Morikawa scored a half point for the American team, with a lead of 1 with one hole remaining and securing the American triumph.
The Americans, with nine of the 11 highest-ranked players in the world, took an 11-5 lead after foursomes and four-ball games on Friday and Saturday, their biggest advantage in two days since 1975.
The US team needed 3.5 more points in Sunday’s last 12 singles matches to win the Cup.
Quadruple winner Rory McIlroy won the Europe opener 3 & 2 on Sunday against Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Scheatele, earning his only point of the week.
But Scheffler started the American score by beating world number one Jon Rahm of Spain 4 & 3.
Moments later, Cantlay, the United States PGA Playoff Champion, claimed a 4-2 victory over Irishman Shane Lowry.
DeChambeau, winner of the US Open last year, pushed the US team to the brink of victory with a 3 & 2 victory over Spaniard Sergio Garcia.
The Americans lead the all-time 27-14 rivalry with two draws although they still lag Europe 11-9-1 since expanding beyond an Anglo-Irish side in 1979.
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