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Report: USA beat Europe 17-11 to claim Ryder Cup
The USA got their hands on the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 as they comfortably beat Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine.
Wildcard Ryan Moore secured the winning point – recovering from two down to beat Lee Westwood on the final hole – as American captain Davis Love IIIerased the painful memories of defeat on home soil in 2012.
European captain Darren Clarke front-loaded his singles order in a bid to make immediate inroads into the three point deficit his team faced going into the final 12 matches.
When Rory McIlroy was beaten 1up by Patrick Reed in the opening game, though, there seemed little chance of a repeat of the Miracle of Medinah.
Clarke had some success in those early games – Henrik Stenson (3&2) proving too much for the wayward Jordan Spieth and Thomas Pieters, a revelation on his Ryder Cup debut, recovering from losing the first two holes to beat JB Holmes 3&2.
Europe managed to get within a point when Rafa Cabrera-Bello accounted for Jimmy Walker 3&2.
That was as good as it got. Rickie Fowler beat Justin Rose 1 up and Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia shared a half point following a spectacular encounter.
But as those results were confirmed, there was also sea of red at the bottom of the order as Clarke’s earlier tactics with some of his side were brought into question.
Five of the team went into the singles without a point to their name and onlyMartin Kaymer, a 1 up winner over Matt Kuchar, managed a victory.
Danny Willett was hammered 5&4 by Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker accounted for Andy Sullivan (3&1) and Zach Johnson beat Matt Fitzpatrick 4&3 as Westwood also went down.
Dustin Johnson beat Chris Wood 1 up as the Americans rounded off a wonderful day in Minnesota.
As the European inquest now begins, the USA can bask in winning the Ryder Cup for the first time since Valhalla eight years ago and their biggest victory since Walton Heath in 1981.