The United States claimed victory over Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup, after a dominant final day at Hazeltine saw the tournament finish 17-11.
It could have been very different as Europe looked to stage a colossal comeback similar to that of last year’s display at Medinah. The team trailed 9½-6½ after the first two days but lead in seven of the 12 singles matches.
At one point Europe trailed the USA only 10½-9½ but were not able to make it count as they were overwhelmed, four of the team’s rookies falling to defeat to give the States their first victory since 2008.
Regardless of the score, all eyes were firmly placed on the Rory McIlroy – Patrick Reed matchup that many had been looking forward to. It certainly lived up to expectations as both golfers traded blows with several incredible shots. McIlroy’s bogey on the 12th proved pivotal, with Reed sinking a birdie on the 16th, sealing the victory.
Both golfers played to the crowd and they certainly responded, with McIlroy cupping his ears while explaining “I can’t hear you!”.
As the first of 12 matches on the last day, it would prove to set the tone for the rest of the day as Reed came out on top after the 18th.
Speaking after the defeat, Europe captain Darren Clarke explained he would not have done anything differently.
I wouldn’t have changed anything.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but even with that we wouldn’t have made any changes.
Speaking to Sky Sports, USA captain Davis Love explained:
We have been criticised for eight or 10 years for not coming together.
We have been kicked around for so long.
You keep losing and you feel like you have to do something different. We all said we are going to do whatever it takes.