Monday, 3 October 2016

USA WIN BACK THE RYDER CUP AFTER EIGHT YEARS

USA win back the Ryder Cup on the final day at Hazeltine for the first time since they won it last in 2008.


Ryan Moore sealed the winning point as the USA fought off another European fightback to reclaim the Ryder cup on Sunday night.

Darren Clarke's team entered the final day trailing by three points but led in six singles matches at one stage - and won two of the first three points.
But Patrick Reed took down Rory McIlory in a brilliant opening match and Europe could not conjure another last-day miracle like Medinah in 2012.

Davis Love's team had too much strength in depth and last-minute wildcard on the final green to start wild home celebrations.

This is the USA's first victory since 2008 and stops Europe winning four consecutive Ryder Cups for the first time ever.
It was sweet revenge for Love who was losing captain in Medinah in 2012.
Wildcard Thomas Pieters finished as top points scorer with four and fellow rookie Rafa Cabrera-Bello was unbeaten. And Clarke put too much faith in his veteran players with wildcards Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer failing to find their old form.

Five European players - Westwood, Kaymer, Matt Fitzpatrick, Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan - did not win a point between them on the first two days.
The Masters champion was dropped from the opening foursomes by captain Clarke after his brother's controversial anti-American article and was thrashed 5&4 by Brook Koepka in the singles last night.

Europe lost all four foursomes matches on Friday morning but drew level at 6.5 - 6.5 after the first Saturday fourballs match before the USA won the last three matches to take a crucial lead into the singles.


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