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US regain Ryder Cup 17-11

Shaking off three consecutive defeats, the United States recaptured the Ryder Cup on Sunday, ripping Europe 17-11 for their most decisive triumph since 1981 in the biennial team golf showdown.

Cup newcomer Ryan Moore, selected with a captain's pick only a week earlier, won the last three holes to defeat England's Lee Westwood 1-up and secure the trophy by giving the Americans an unbeatable edge in a tension-packed test at Hazeltine.

"To score the clinching point in the Ryder Cup is just incredible," Moore said. "I can't digest what just happened. I was trying my hardest not to let my team down."

Moore was 2-down before an eagle at 16, birdie at 17 and conceded par at 18, admitting, "I just wanted to hit a couple of good shots coming in."

Earlier singles triumphs by Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker and rookie Brooks Koepka plus a vital half point from Phil Mickelson had put the US team on the brink.

"We've got a memory and life experience that we will cherish forever," said Mickelson, who made 10 birdies in halving with Spain's Sergio Garcia.

US captain Davis Love, the 2012 captain whose team suffered its greatest collapse in Ryder Cup history to fall, and the task force that spent two years revamping the US Cup program saw their effort rewarded.

"I'm just proud of these guys," Love said. "They had pressure on them for the last two years. I'm proud of every one of them. Unbelievable golf."

The "Miracle at Medinah" was still on the minds of many as the US began putting the painful loss deeper into the past.

"We did this for our captain. He had a tough go four years ago," said US star Jordan Spieth.

The Americans had dropped six of the past seven and eight of the past 10 in the rivalry.

"We've been criticized for eight or 10 years for not coming together," Love said. "I'm so proud of them. We were kicked around for so long. You realize you have to do something."

But they were already talking about defending the trophy in France in 2018.

"Hopefully there's a change in the Ryder Cup," Spieth said. "We're looking forward to going to Paris and trying to win one over there."

Europe captain Darren Clarke, whose players led early in eight of the 12 concluding singles matches, called the loss "incredibly disappointing."

"They put up a massive fight. Some of the shotmaking was out of this world. The Americans putted that little bit better and that made the difference."

Love's captain's picks went 7-6 while Clarke's went 5-7, Belgian Thomas Pieters a record 4-1 but Westwood and Martin Kaymer each 0-3 until Kaymer's singles win after the Cup was lost

Six Europe rookies were 7-9 overall while two US newcomers went 5-2.

Spectators were so insulting to European players the first two days at Hazeltine that the PGA of America issued a statement Sunday reminding of ejections for obscene remarks.

"It's a big Ryder Cup family," Reed said. "We want everyone to play well. We want to beat each other at our best."

The US team led 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 entering the singles matches and Reed edged Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opener.

All square at the eighth hole, McIlroy sank a 50-foot birdie putt, cupped his hand to his ear hollering "I can't hear you." Reed answered with a 25-foot birdie to halve the hole, wagged a finger at McIlroy and they shared fist bumps, laughs and pats on the back.

"To play as well as we did, it was fun to be a part of," Reed said.

Reed took his first lead with a 10-foot par putt at the 12th and went 2-up with his first birdie in eight holes at the par-5 16th. Reed chipped across the par-3 17th green and lost the hole with a bogey, but sank a five-foot birdie putt on 18 to win.

British Open champion Henrik Stenson downed Spieth 3 and 2. Stenson won on 16 when Spieth stepped in a water hazard and his ball moved, prompting him to surrender the hole and the match.

Pieters beat J.B. Holmes 3 and 2, becoming the first Europe rookie to take four points and the first rookie to play five matches since American Larry Nelson was 5-0 in 1979.

"I thought I did pretty well," Pieters said.

Fowler birdied to win the 16th and parred the last two holes for a 1-up win over Olympic champion Justin Rose of England and Mickelson made 10 birdies in nudging the Americans closer by halving with Sergio Garcia.

Rory McIlroy doesn't want heckling revenge

Europe do not want the 2018 Ryder Cup crowd in Paris to take revenge for the minority of Hazeltine National fans who misbehaved during the Americans' 17-11 victory this week, said Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

The U.S. galleries meted out plenty of heckling but the world number three and other members of the European camp were at pains to point out that the overwhelming majority of the spectators treated them well at the biennial team event.

"We wouldn't encourage any sort of retaliation," McIlroy told reporters after losing a titanic singles battle against U.S. talisman Patrick Reed by one hole. "That's just not who we are, that's not what we do.

"We want to play this tournament in the manner in which it should be played. Between us, the 12 players, the vice-captains and the captain, and between the 12 players on the U.S. team, it was played in the manner it should be played.

"We have no problems with anyone on either team and, really, it's just a very small minority -- 95 percent of the people out there, the American galleries, are absolutely fantastic."

McIlroy suggested that alcohol was the main reason for the occasional heckling.

"At times it went a little bit too far," said the Northern Irishman. "But that's to be expected when you are teeing off at 7:45 in the morning, you're seeing people on the first tee with a beer and matches aren't finishing until 4:30, 5:00.

"I know I would be done at that point, I don't know what I would be saying," laughed four-times major winner McIlroy.

"A couple of people crossed the line but we'll take it on the chin. We'll move on and we'll definitely not encourage anything like that to happen in France next time around."

McIlroy assumed the role normally taken on by Ian Poulter, who was injured this week, indulging in eye-popping, high-fiving, fist-pumping celebrations when things went well.

The world number three was also at his hollering and shouting best against Reed but he acknowledged that perhaps he over-did the excessive reactions.

"I think all the energy I expended, it sort of caught up with me on the back nine today," he said.

"I wanted to take the bull by the horns ... go out there and lead by example ...I just ran out of steam on the back nine.

"But this will galvanise us, it will make us stronger to come back in Paris."

Ten birdies not enough for Phil Mickelson win

Phil Mickelson is a veteran of 11 Ryder Cups but he could not recall ever being part of a match where a total of 10 birdies was not enough to secure a win, as he found to his cost at Hazeltine National on Sunday.

The American left-hander made almost every putt he looked at during an extraordinary battle against Spaniard Sergio Garcia in the last-day singles, the pair piling up 19 birdies between them before the match finished all square.

Mickelson rolled in a 25-footer for birdie at the par-four last before leaping high into the air in celebration, then Garcia followed suit by burying a 10-footer.

"This was a hard-fought battle today and a lot of emotion," Mickelson told reporters as the U.S. reclaimed the Ryder Cup with a 17-11 victory over Europe. "I thought that we both played really well and probably fitting end to have it a tie."

Asked if he had ever seen a Cup match where 10 birdies was not enough to earn a full point, the five-times major champion replied: "Probably not, at least that I've been involved in.

"It was a good day, a fun day. I'm just excited that there's a lot of red up there and our guys have played some incredible golf this week."

Garcia, who has now competed in eight Ryder Cups, was left shaking his head after ending the slugfest all square despite making nine birdies on his own, including the last four holes.

"It was amazing," said the 36-year-old Spaniard, who beat Mickelson 3 and 2 in the last-day singles at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit. "To shoot nine-under and end up tying the match, it's obviously heartbreaking.

"But I gave it everything I had. I don't think I could have done anything differently. Phil just made it from everywhere and played well."

It was a fluctuating but tight encounter where neither player ever got further than 1-up.

"A couple of shots here and there, a couple turning points on 12," said Garcia, who had been 1-up after 11 holes. "He hit a great tee shot there, it almost goes in, he makes the putt.

"Next hole I lip out from the bunker, he makes the putt for par. It's tough but it was a great match."

Garcia now has a 3-4-1 (win-loss-halve) record in Ryder Cup singles, while Mickelson is 5-5-1.

Patrick Reed wins epic duel

Patrick Reed, 'Captain America' for the United States at Hazeltine National this week, and former 'Boy Wonder' Rory McIlroy served up an electrifying Ryder Cup duel for the ages on Sunday.

In the first match out in the last-day singles, the hottest players on either side treated the massive galleries to a birdie slugfest that finally ended with Reed winning one-up to earn the first point of the day for the home team.

Well after their contest was over, the U.S. fans were still chanting 'Patrick Reed, Patrick Reed' in a thunderous tribute to the burly Texan who ended an inspirational week with three-and-a-half points out of a possible five.

"To go out there and play the way I did this week, I don't really know what to say," an emotional Reed told reporters after racking up an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys in a brilliant display on a sun-baked layout.

"I knew today was going to be tough going against a guy like Rory, especially with how he was playing earlier this week. To come out and play as well as we did, especially on that front nine, it was definitely something fun to be a part of.

"Anytime I get to wear red, white and blue means so much. It gives me goosebumps. It was amazing to be in front of our fans."

Reed and McIlroy were always likely to provide a thrilling battle in the top match and they delivered in sensational fashion, particularly before the turn.

Watched by massive galleries, the duo went toe-to-toe like heavyweight boxers in a ring, time and again matching each other with stunning shot-making and a barrel-load of birdies.

McIlroy grabbed four birdies in a row from the fifth in an explosive front nine while Reed countered with four of his own, plus an eagle at the 303-yard par-four fifth where he drove the green and sank a seven-footer.

Reed's eagle, which sparked huge roars of 'USA, USA, USA' from the crowd crammed round the green, got the match back to all square before the players treated the fans to a slice of magic, and sheer golfing theater, at the par-three eighth.

McIlroy drained a 40-foot bomb for birdie from the front of the green and bellowed in delight, before yelling "Come on".

He then put his hand behind his ear and screamed, "I can't hear you, I can't hear you", to the partisan crowd.

Reed responded with high drama, sinking a 20-footer from just off the green for a matching birdie to trigger deafening roars from the gallery before he wagged his finger in McIlroy's direction, then waved his arms to whip up even more cheers.

In a wonderful show of sportsmanship, Reed bumped fists with a smiling McIlroy just off the green before the pair walked off to the ninth tee arm in arm.

Amid groans from a disappointed crowd, the American narrowly missed a 12-footer at the 15th that would have put him two-up but he made amends on the next hole with a conceded birdie four after hitting a brilliant bunker shot to two feet.

Reed stumbled with a bogey at the par-three 17th where his first effort overshot the green and his chip back trickled off the front into a collar of rough. McIlroy sank a nerve-jangling four-footer for par to cut the deficit to one-up.

In a fitting end to a duel of rare quality, both players hit exquisite approach shots at the par-four last, Reed's ball finishing five feet from the pin, with McIlroy's one foot closer, before the American sank his birdie putt.

Rookie record for Thomas Pieters

Thomas Pieters capped a spectacular Ryder Cup debut on Sunday, becoming the first European rookie to win four points on his first appearance as he defeated American JB Holmes 3 and 2 in a duel of long hitters.

The 24-year-old Belgian, who combined with world number three Rory McIlroy for three points over the opening two days, went two down after starting with a bogey and a par on a sun-kissed day at Hazeltine National.

Pieters, however, came storming back with a scintillating sequence of seven birdies in 14 holes as he fully vindicated captain Darren Clarke's decision to award him a wildcard pick for the biennial team event.

It was all over for Holmes when a wayward approach shot at the par-five 16th sailed 30 yards left of the green and Pieters celebrated with an extravagant fist pump when he sank his winning birdie putt.

The previous best haul by a European rookie was the three and a half points collected by England's Paul Way in 1983 and by Sergio Garcia of Spain and Scotland's Paul Lawrie in 1999.

"It's different when you're out there on your own," said a smiling Pieters. "You don't have anyone to high-five or pick you up when you're down.

"I made plenty of birdies and that's what you need in match play. I knew that Darren believed in me, that gave me a lot of confidence."

Pieters featured in all five sessions of Europe's 17-11 defeat and acknowledged it had been a draining week.

"I'm exhausted right now," he said. "They've been really long days, getting up at 4am.

"Dealing with these crowds isn't easy, it takes a lot out of you."


Day Three - Singles

1up Patrick Reed F Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth F Henrik Stenson 3&2
JB Holmes F Thomas Pieters 3&2
1up Rickie Fowler F Justin Rose
Jimmy Walker F Rafael Cabrera Bello 3&2
Phil Mickelson F Sergio Garcia AS
1up Ryan Moore F Lee Westwood
3&1 Brandt Snedeker F Andrew Sullivan
1up Dustin Johnson F Chris Wood
5&4 Brooks Koepka F Danny Willett
Matt Kuchar F Martin Kaymer 1up
4&3 Zach Johnson F Matthew Fitzpatrick


Day Two - USA 9.5- 6.5 Europe

Day 2 Fourballs
Brooks Koepka Dustin Johnson F Rory McIlroy Thomas Pieters 3&1
1up JB Holmes Ryan Moore F Danny Willett Lee Westwood
2&1 Phil Mickelson Matt Kuchar F Martin Kaymer Sergio Garcia
2&1 Patrick Reed Jordan Spieth F Justin Rose Henrik Stenson
Day 2 Foursomes
Rickie Fowler Phil Mickelson F Rory McIlroy Thomas Pieters 4&2
3&2 Brandt Snedeker Brooks Koepka F Henrik Stenson Matthew Fitzpatrick
Jimmy Walker Zach Johnson F Justin Rose Chris Wood 1up
A/S Patrick Reed Jordan Spieth F Sergio Garcia Rafael Cabrera Bello A/S


Day One - USA 5 - 3 Europe

Day 1 Fourballs
Jordan Spieth Patrick Reed F Justin Rose Henrik Stenson 5&4
JB Holmes Ryan Moore F Sergio Garcia Rafael Cabrera Bello 3&2
5&4 Brandt Snedeker Brooks Koepka F Martin Kaymer Danny Willett
Dustin Johnson Matt Kuchar F Rory McIlroy Thomas Pieters 3&2
Day 1 Foursomes
3&2 Jordan Spieth Patrick Reed F Henrik Stenson Justin Rose
1up Phil Mickelson Rickie Fowler F Rory McIlroy Andrew Sullivan
4&2 Jimmy Walker Zach Johnson F Sergio Garcia Martin Kaymer
5&4 Dustin Johnson Matt Kuchar F Lee Westwood Thomas Pieters


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