Team USA regained the Ryder Cup on Sunday following a historically dominant performance over Europe at Whistling Straits. Having been beaten convincingly in 2018 at Le Golf National, France, the hosts were on top from the outset, racing into a 9-3 lead after the first three sessions.
Although the visiting Europeans hinted at a comeback on Saturday afternoon, the US was able to enter Sunday leading 11-5. During the Singles matches on Sunday, Collin Morikawa claimed the decisive half point to ensure the US had the required 14.5 points to regain the Ryder Cup and the famous trophy remained in the US.
Rory McIlroy set a good opening tone for the Europeans on Sunday, beating 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele, but after, it was a run of American winners, bringing the victory home for the hosts in impressive fashion.
For Morikawa himself, he’s had a breakthrough 13 months, winning two majors at the PGA Championship and the Open. But being the man to clinch the winning half point at the Ryder Cup means “everything,” according to the 24-year-old.
“It means so much, everything, wanting to make that putt, it was a great match against Viktor (Hovland),” he told the media afterward. “I don’t think he really missed too many shots. I had to earn my birdies. But to clinch this and bring the Cup back to home soil, it feels so good.” It’s the first time the US has won back-to-back Ryder Cups on home soil since 1979-1983.
After Daniel Berger beat Matt Fitzpatrick in the final singles match, it clinched a 19-9 victory for the US team, the biggest winning margin in Ryder Cup history. The US surpassed the previous record of nine points. Under the modern scoring setup with 28 points available over the three days, the previous largest winning margin was nine points, which was achieved once by the US in 1981 and twice by Europe in 2004 and 2006.
No team since 1979 has won 19 points in a single Ryder Cup. Captain Steve Stricker called his team the “greatest team of all time” in the presentation ceremony afterwards. “This is a new era right here, they are young, motivated, they came here determined to win. They are the best in the world.”
Sunday singles results
Schauffele (U.S.) vs. McIlroy (Europe) — 3&2
Cantlay (U.S.) vs. Lowry (Europe) — 4&2
Scheffler (U.S.) vs. Rahm (Europe) — 4&3
DeChambeau (U.S.) vs. Garcia (Europe) — 3&2
Morikawa (U.S.) vs. Hovland (Europe) — TIE
Johnson (U.S.) vs. Casey (Europe) — 1UP
Koepka (U.S.) vs. Wiesberger (Europe) — 2&1
Finau (U.S.) vs. Poulter (Europe) — 3&2
Thomas (U.S.) vs. Hatton (Europe) — 4&3
English (U.S.) vs. Westwood (Europe) — 1UP
Spieth (U.S.) vs. Fleetwood (Europe) — TIE
Berger (U.S.) vs. Fitzpatrick (Europe) — 1UP