USA Secure Historic Ryder Cup Win In Ruthless Fashion

USA Secure Historic Ryder Cup Win In Ruthless Fashion

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Team USA secured the Ryder Cup in historic and brutal fashion, running out 19-9 winners at Whistling Straits.

USA Secure Historic Ryder Cup Win In Ruthless Fashion

Team Europe had a mountain to climb coming in to the singles, with six points separating the two teams.

USA would dominate on the final day though, securing seven wins out of 12 and breaking the record of the largest winning Ryder Cup margin in the modern era, a record which had stood since 1981 (opens in new tab).

Despite a European victory in the opening game between Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele (opens in new tab), USA claimed the next three matches, with Collin Morikawa securing the final half point for the win.

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Morikawa claimed the important half point to secure the Cup. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Being sent out first, McIlroy (opens in new tab) showed his class that had been evading him for the first two days, with a dominant display bringing a 3&2 win.

McIlroy who was four-under-par for his match, was visibly emotional after his victory (opens in new tab), saying “I love being part of this team. I love my teammates so much and I should have done more for them this week”

After his tear jerking win, American rookies Scottie Scheffler (opens in new tab) and Patrick Cantlay (opens in new tab) carried on their unbeaten records at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab).

Scheffler, who defeated world number one, Jon Rahm (opens in new tab) 4&3, was joined by his countryman Cantlay, who put away a fired up Shane Lowry (opens in new tab) 4&2.

DeChambeau was the next player to put a win in the American column, with the 28-year-old driving the first green (opens in new tab) and giving an indication on what was to come.

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With a par at the 16th, DeChambeau defeated Sergio Garcia (opens in new tab) to get the scores to 14-6, with Morikawa (opens in new tab) claiming the final half point to bring the Cup back to the USA.

The American wave didn't stop there, as Justin Thomas (opens in new tab) brushed aside Tyrrell Hatton (opens in new tab) 4&3, with Brooks Koepka (opens in new tab) also claiming a 2&1 win over rookie Bernd Wiesberger (opens in new tab).

Another victory followed for Team USA, this one was rather special though as Dustin Johnson (opens in new tab) made it five wins from five at the 2021 Ryder Cup.

Johnson joins an extremely exclusive group, with Francesco Molinari (opens in new tab) and Larry Nelson the only other players in the modern Ryder Cup era to go 5-0.

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Johnson became the first American player to go 5-0 since 1979. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

It was also a special victory for Ian Poulter (opens in new tab), who carried on his undefeated singles streak at the Ryder Cup, with a 3&2 win over Tony Finau (opens in new tab), Europe's second victory of the day.

There was also victory for Lee Westwood (opens in new tab), who capped off his 47th Ryder Cup match with a 1-up victory over Harris English (opens in new tab).

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Westwood claimed his first Ryder Cup win since 2014. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth (opens in new tab) and Tommy Fleetwood (opens in new tab) would halve their match, with the scores moving to 18-9, with a win from the last match needed to break the record.

And it would fall to rookie Daniel Berger (opens in new tab) to come up with the goods, with a par at the last good enough for a 1-up win over European Matt Fitzpatrick (opens in new tab).

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Berger claimed the historic point. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America/Getty Images)
Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


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