Team USA reached the required target of 14.5 points for victory when Collin Morikawa tied with Viktor Hovland; Steve Stricker’s side threatening to better the previous record win of 18.5-9.5 in the remaining matches.
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 26/09/21 10:02pm
Europe are facing the prospect of the heaviest defeat in Ryder Cup history as Team USA confirmed their victory early in the Sunday singles at Whistling Straits.
Team USA took a six-point advantage into the final day in Wisconsin and required just 3.5 points in the Sunday singles to regain the trophy, with Steve Stricker’s team in command throughout as they secured their second successive home victory in the biennial contest.
Padraig Harrington’s team needed a comeback greater than the one produced in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 to retain the trophy in unlikely fashion, three years on from their impressive success in Paris, although were largely second-best as they failed to put any pressure on the home side.
Rory McIlroy led Europe out in the opening match for the third consecutive Ryder Cup, despite losing all three of his matches over the first two days, with the Northern Irishman visibly emotional after avoiding a winless campaign by seeing off Xander Schauffele 3&2.
McIlroy was the highlight of what was an otherwise embarrassing session for the visitors, with Patrick Cantlay rounding off his unbeaten debut by seeing off Shane Lowry 4&2 and Scottie Scheffler despatching Jon Rahm 4&3 to inflict a first defeat of the week on the world No 1.
Bryson DeChambeau ended Sergio Garcia’s 100 per cent record with a 3&2 win to leave the hosts on the brink of victory, with Collin Morikawa’s half-point against Viktor Hovland enough to ensure the Ryder Cup would be returning to American soil.
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