Ryder Cup: US beat Europe to regain trophy at Whistling Straits
The US team won the 2019 Ryder Cup in Wisconsin, reclaiming the trophy for the first time since 2008.
The ryder cup is an annual golf tournament that is held in the United States and Europe. This year, the US beat Europe to regain the trophy at Whistling Straits.
With a record 19-9 win against Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the United States has reclaimed the Ryder Cup.
As the home team sped to the 14112 points they required, Open champion Collin Morikawa won the winning half point in the fifth of Sunday’s 12 singles matches.
Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, and Ian Poulter – Europe’s sole singles champions – were in tears as they expressed their disappointment at what would undoubtedly be a humiliating loss.
American players celebrated all around them, with Brooks Koepka downing a drink tossed to him by supporters after completing a 2&1 win on the 17th green to thunderous shouts of “USA” from a 40,000-strong home crowd.
Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler, and Bryson DeChambeau had previously won big in a carnival atmosphere on Lake Michigan, while Dustin Johnson became the first American to win all five Ryder Cup matches since 1979.
The celebrations were so wild that Koepka and DeChambeau, who have had a long-running rivalry, momentarily hugged in the post-match press conference, with US captain Steve Stricker stating they “wanted to play together.”
“This is a wonderful day for everyone here engaged,” Stricker said, a Wisconsinite who fought to keep his emotions in control.
“The Ryder Cup is very important to both your and our teams. We finally put up a strong showing.
“They are young, driven, and came here ready to win. This is a new era right now.”
“I’ve never won a big championship. However, this is my major.”
Harrington, Europe’s captain, admitted: “It’s a difficult defeat, but they outplayed us. They were a formidable opponent who were in top form. They were in control the whole time.”
The winning margin surpasses Europe’s victories of 1812-912 in 2004 and 2006, as well as America’s triumph in 1981.
This was a well-deserved victory for the hosts, who had dominated the first two days.
They led 6-2 after Friday’s foursomes and fourballs sessions, then increased that lead to a record 11-5 on Saturday, requiring just 312 points out of the 12 available in singles.
On Saturday evening, Harrington talked about drawing inspiration from the spirit of 2012, when the visitors fought back from a 10-6 deficit to win the ‘Miracle of Medinah,’ the only away triumph in the previous eight editions.
He started McIlroy, who had lost all three of his matches, and the Northern Irishman won the opening hole against Olympic champion Schauffele to put European blue on the board.
The few European fans who had made it to Whistling Straits this week began to believe when Harrington’s fellow Irishman Shane Lowry went up on the second in the second match.
Cantlay, who earlier this month won the PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize, won the next four holes to seize control of the match.
Scheffler birdied the opening four holes to put world number one Jon Rahm under strain right away.
Then DeChambeau stunned Sergio Garcia by hitting his tee shot on the par-four first onto the green and sank the 40-foot eagle putt.
The Americans would maintain their advantage throughout their matches against the Spaniards, who had combined for three points from three matches in the fourballs and foursomes on Friday and Saturday.
“Unfortunately, they were a bit better than we were,” Garcia remarked after increasing his Ryder Cup points total to 2812 in his 10th appearance.
“We have to accept it, and we have to prepare for Rome and attempt to reclaim it.”
The win was sealed with seven matches remaining on the course, demonstrating the home team’s overwhelming dominance.
The US won seven of the singles matches, with Justin Thomas defeating Tyrrell Hatton 4&3, Brooks Koepka defeating Bernd Wiesberger 2&1, and Daniel Berger defeating Matt Fitzpatrick on the last.
This may be the start of a dynasty for the United States, who had previously lost seven of the previous nine Ryder Cups but have now won consecutive Ryder Cups on home soil for the first time in 38 years.
Eight of the top ten players in the world were on the 12-strong squad, and eight of them are in their twenties, with the oldest being 37-year-old world number two Johnson, who capped off a fantastic week with a one-hole win against Paul Casey.
Cantlay, Morikawa, and Schauffele, three of the team’s six rookies, were undefeated throughout the week, with every US player contributing at least one point.
Several European players, on the other hand, must be nearing the end of their Ryder Cup careers, despite the fact that 48-year-old Westwood, who qualified for the squad, and 45-year-old Poulter, one of Harrington’s three wildcard picks, both won.
Both of their victories occurred after the cup had been lost, but they both rallied from behind to win their first holes when European blue was scarce on the scoreboards.
Westwood defeated Harris English on the 18th hole after trailing by two holes with five holes to play, while Poulter, a captain’s selection for the sixth time in seven outings, never trailed against Tony Finau, winning 3&2.
“Putting a point on the board is great from a personal standpoint, but it’s no consolation,” Poulter remarked on Radio 5 Live after maintaining his unblemished record of winning six singles matches and halving the other.
“We’ll mount up and see if we can travel to Italy again.”
“You don’t believe it’s such a total runaway. Although the scoreboard seems to be very lopsided, it did not feel that way.”
The next Ryder Cup will be contested in Rome in 2023, marking 30 years since the United States last won an away match.
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