The USA won the 43rd Ryder Cup in emphatic fashion at Whistling Straits in
Wisconsin on Sunday (26 September). Leading 11-5 overnight, the hosts needed just
3.5 points from the 12 singles match to regain the most prestigious team trophy in
Rory McIlroy did his best to slow down the US momentum, but his win in the first
singles match of the day was only the slightest bump in the road on the Americans’
rampage to victory.
Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, and Bryson DeChambeau got points on the board
for USA before Colin Morikawa halved with Viktor Hovland to put his side over the
The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the Americans can produce the
biggest winning margin since the Ryder Cup became a contest between Europe and
The USA in 1979. That record stands at nine points but is under serious threat on
Europe actually picked up the first point of the event, when Jon Rahm and Sergio
Garcia beat Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth on Friday morning in the foursomes,
but it went spectacularly downhill from that point.
USA came out of the morning foursomes 3-1 ahead and ended Friday in a dominant
6-2 position after the fourballs as Europe could only manage two halves.
It had to be a strong start to Saturday morning foursomes for Europe, which again
Rahm and Garcia gave them a win over Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, but
again it didn’t last, with the USA winning the remaining three points on offer in the
The afternoon fourballs were shared with two points each, which sent the Americans
into Sunday’s singles 11-5 ahead and Europe needing a miracle.
It didn’t come, it didn’t even nearly come as USA dominated the singles and got over
the line with plenty of time to spare.
Rory McIlroy won his first point of the event by beating Xander Schauffele in the first
pairing, but Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, and Bryson DeChambeau were the next
three to win points, all for America, putting them just half a point from victory.
Morikawa halved with Norwegian star Hovland to get his side over the line to victory.