United States Young Guns Overwhelm Europe In Ryder Cup Rout

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The United States crushed Europe 19-9 to regain the Ryder Cup on Sunday in a performance that captain Steve Stricker called “the best of all time.” Collin Morikawa, the 24-year-old world number three, delivered the winning half point when he tied his match with Viktor Hovland at Whistling Straits. He was one of eight twenty-somethings on a US team that featured nine players in the top 11 in the world, all keen to win back the coveted trophy won by Europe in France three years ago. “Speechless,” said US captain Steve Stricker, tears in his eyes as he spoke of the compromise that resulted in a dominant victory.

The Americans became the first team to score 19 points, beating the previous record of 18.5 achieved twice by each team before.

“This is the best team of all time right here,” Stricker said. “These guys are amazing.

“They come with a lot of passion, a lot of energy, a lot of play. They are so good.”

World number two Dustin Johnson, at 37, the oldest member of the team, provided a model for his younger colleagues, his individual victory over Paul Casey giving him a perfect 5-0 record in a maximum of five games.

He became the first American since Larry Nelson in 1979, and only the fifth player in history, to hit five of five when he prevailed in a close battle with Casey that saw them tie the first five holes.

Johnson definitely took the lead in the eighth, but he never led by more than two and was unable to drive Casey away until the bitter end.

Johnson said he shared a key trait with his young teammates that fueled his bid to prevent Europe from winning a fifth Ryder Cup in six editions.

“We don’t like to lose,” he said. “We had a lot of rookies at the Ryder Cup, but it didn’t feel like they were rookies … and they didn’t play like they were rookies. They came up to the plate and everyone wanted it.”

They made that clear early on and took an 11-5 lead in Sunday’s 12 singles matches, the gap of six more points than either team has bridged on the final day to lift the trophy.

It meant that the Americans needed only 3.5 points to win the Cup.

Padraig Harrington’s Europe needed nine to retain it, and as the USA took the lead in most of the opening matches it was clear they would not.

Morikawa, who won his second major title at the British Open this year, had clinched the US victory with a brilliant birdie on the 17th hole, par three, where he fired his tee shot to three feet, going 1 up. with one to play. .

He missed a six-foot shot at 18 to win the game outright, but thanks to his half point, the American celebrations were already underway.

Scottie Scheffler, a Ryder Cup newcomer with the lowest ranking in Team USA with 21 in the world, opened the floodgates when he eliminated world number one Jon Rahm 4 & 3.

Rahm, who stood out throughout the week amid general struggles in Europe, became the third number one in the world to lose a Ryder Cup singles match.

“We all saw it, we knew it was happening,” Jordan Spieth said of Scheffler’s convincing win, which Johnson called “something that could really boost the American team.”

‘Best golf event’

Rory McIlroy earned the opening point of the day with a 3-2 win over Olympic champion Xander Schauffele, but his first win of the week was nothing to celebrate as he watched the flood of red on the scoreboard.

“(I’m) incredibly proud to be a part of this team,” McIlroy said in a cracking voice. “I am extremely disappointed that I did not contribute more to the team.”

Patrick Cantlay, the US PGA Tour player of the year and FedEx Cup playoff champion, edged European rookie Shane Lowry 4-2.

Bryson DeChambeau followed up with a 3-2 win over Sergio Garcia, the Ryder Cup great Spaniard who this week brought his win tally to a record 25.

DeChambeau’s power proved too much for Garcia. The American set the tone on the first hole, driving the green at par four and jumping off the tee to wild cheers with his driver raised.

He won the hole with a 41-foot eagle putt and led the rest of the way.

Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion, had taken a 1 lead over Cantlay with a birdie at the second par 5, but Cantlay roared away from there.

The American won four holes in a row for a lead of 3, and did not lose again, winning the last three holes for a convincing score.

Four-time Major Champion Brooks Koepka rallied for a 2-1 win over Bernd Wiesberger and Justin Thomas led all the way in a 4-3 win over Tyrrell Hatton.

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Veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood achieved individual victories, Poulter beat Tony Finau 3 and 2 and Westwood edged Harris English 1-up.

Tommy Fleetwood got a half point more for Europe as he rallied from 1 down to 15 to tie Spieth, who has yet to win a Ryder Cup singles match in four attempts.

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