After a landslide defeat at Le Golf National in France in 2018, the hosts were on top from the start, taking a 9-3 lead after the first three seasons.
While incoming Europeans signaled a return on Saturday afternoon, the US managed to lead 11-5 on Sunday.
And during Sunday’s singles matches, Colin Morikawa claimed the deciding half point to ensure America had the necessary 14.5 points to reclaim the Ryder Cup and the famed trophy remains in America.
Rory McIlroy got off to a decent start for the Europeans on Sunday, beating 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Xander Schöffele, but after that, it was a run of American winners that propelled the hosts to victory in impressive fashion.
As for Morikawa herself, she has achieved 13 months of success, winning the PGA Championship and two majors at the Open. But being the man to score half a win in 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 later told the media.
“I don’t think he really missed a lot of shots. I had to earn my birdie. But to get it and get the cup back on home soil, it feels great.”
This is the first time the United States has won consecutive Ryder Cups at home since 1979–1983.
strong from the start
Value of experience or benefit of being unaffected by past bad experiences?
Those were the options that team captains Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington weighed in.
The two parted ways, with Stricker picking six rookies on his team, while Harrington turned to the tried-and-tested veterans who had achieved success in recent years.
And by the opening season of foursome, Stricker was proven right. The pairs they picked won three out of four matches, giving the hosts a perfect start as they were aiming to regain the Ryder Cup after losing it three years ago.
For Harrington and his team, it only got worse from there.
In four balls on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning’s fours, America went 3-1 in both sessions, posting an impressive 9-3 after three sessions.
It was the biggest lead for both sides after three seasons of the Ryder Cup since the US took a 7-point lead in 1975.
The Europeans showed some fighting on Saturday afternoon, splitting four matches 2-2, but giving up on a crucial effort needed to make a comeback.
McIlroy, who had previously had a failed time of it, looked at his best in the opening singles match on Sunday, effectively beating Schoffel 3 and 2 to make his comprehensive resume.
But while McIlroy needed some help from his teammates, it didn’t hold up against some impressive American golf.
Earlier this month FedExCup playoff winner Patrick Cantley was unstoppable in his win over Irishman Shane Lowry, and Scotty Scheffler was dominant in defeating world No. 1 Jon Rahm.
Unfortunately for the Europeans, the star-studded American team didn’t give up, with Bryson DeChambeau also posting an impressive victory.
And that meant that 24-year-old Morikawa was left to conjure up a one-sided victory. Playing another Ryder Cup rookie with Viktor Hovland, he remained unhappy, losing the last hole to the Norwegian but reaching the 14.5 points needed to secure the trophy.
Dabang Dustin Johnson made history by defeating Paul Casey, becoming the third player to win all five of his matches in a Ryder Cup.
Justin Thomas secured a comfortable victory against Tyrell Hatton before Ian Poulter gave European fans something to cheer about by defeating Tony Finau.
For the veteran Poulter, who remained unbeaten in the Ryder Cup singles with the win, it was an emotional moment, as he fell to his knees shortly afterwards.
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