Ryder Cup 2020: Steve Stricker’s squad won 19-9, the largest win in the modern Ryder Cup history; Team USA collected eight of the 12 points available in the Sunday singles to increase their lead over Padraig Harrington’s European team.
Europe suffered the biggest defeat in Ryder Cup history as Team USA dominated in the Sunday singles to win 19-9 at Whistling Straits.
Squad USA led by six points heading into the final day in Wisconsin and needed only 3.5 points in the Sunday singles to reclaim the trophy, with Steve Stricker’s team in command throughout as they claimed their second consecutive home victory in the biannual competition.
Padraig Harrington’s team required a bigger comeback than the one created in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 to retain the trophy in improbable fashion three years after their spectacular win in Paris, but they were mostly second-best as they failed to put any pressure on the host side.
Despite losing all three of his matches over the first two days, Rory McIlroy led Europe out in the opening match for the third consecutive Ryder Cup, with the Northern Irishman obviously upset after escaping a winless campaign by defeating Xander Schauffele 3&2.
McIlroy was the highlight of an otherwise dismal afternoon for the visitors, with Patrick Cantlay completing his unblemished debut by defeating Shane Lowry 4&2 and Scottie Scheffler defeating Jon Rahm 4&3 to inflict the world No 1’s first defeat of the week.
Bryson DeChambeau ended Sergio Garcia’s perfect record with a 3&2 triumph, putting the hosts on the verge of victory, with Collin Morikawa’s half-point win over Viktor Hovland ensuring the Ryder Cup 2020 would return to America.
Morikawa became the second reigning Open Champion in a straight to go unblemished and claim the clinching point, following in the footsteps of Francesco Molinari at Le Golf National, with the American celebrations already in full swing as they increased their record-breaking margin.
Brooks Koepka defeated Bernd Wiesberger on the penultimate hole, while Dustin Johnson defeated Paul Casey by a single stroke to become the first American to win all five of his matches since Larry Nelson in 1979.
Ian Poulter, McIlroy’s foursomes partner for the opening two days, struggled to hold back tears as he defeated Tony Finau 3&2 in the singles, while Europe added another point when Lee Westwood won two of his final three holes to beat Harris English 1up.
Tommy Fleetwood matched with Jordan Spieth to boost Europe’s chances of averting a historic defeat, only for Team USA to go to 19 points when Matt Fitzpatrick hit the water on his approach into the final hole, handing Daniel Berger a one-up triumph.
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