KOHLER, Wisconsin: The United States reclaimed the Ryder Cup as captain Steve Stricker’s team reached the 14-1/2 points they required to beat holders Europe at Whistling Straits on Sunday.
Having romped to a commanding 11-5 advantage after the foursome and fourball sessions, the Americans entered the singles needing just 3-1/2 points to reach the target required to hoist the little gold trophy.
Collin Morikawa, the 24-year-old Ryder Cup rookie, ended European hopes when he birdie the 17th to go 1Up in his match with Viktor Hovland, guaranteeing the U.S. the deciding half-point.
It marks just the second time in six competitions and third in 10 that the U.S. has claimed golf’s most coveted team title.
Never before in 42 previous Ryder Cups had a team come back from more than a four-point deficit on the final day and Padraig Harrington’s men, while defiant, never threatened to make history.
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