Europe weathered an American storm in the singles to clinch the Ryder Cup with Tommy Fleetwood securing the decisive point for victory
Europe has won the Ryder Cup after Tommy Fleetwood clinched the winning point in Rome.
Fleetwood beat America’s Rickie Fowler on the 17th hole to take Europe past the 14.5 mark required to take back the trophy at Marco Simone.
Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton had won their earlier matches, while Jon Rahm’s half-point against Scottie Scheffler edged the blue-gold side towards victory.
Captain Luke Donald has maintained Europe’s unbeaten run on home soil which dates back to 1993.
Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele won for America in the singles in an attempt at a dramatic comeback.
Ryder Cup final day: As it happened…
Viktor Hovland took Europe a point closer to victory by beating Collin Morikawa 4&3. The pair also shared a half in the singles two years ago in Whistling Straits.
Scottie Scheffler went 1 up against Jon Rahm on the 15th hole but overhit a chip on 18 which let Rahm in the door. The Spaniard’s birdie secured a vital half when the USA looked to come back.
Patrick Cantlay was still resurgent after the events of Saturday night, beating the spirited Justin Rose 2&1. It was 12-7 at this stage.
Rory McIlroy secured his fourth point of the week shortly after. The Northern Irishman beat Sam Burns on the 17th hole and now Europe needed just 1.5 points.
At this stage, America was up in five of the remaining eight matches, but then Tyrrell Hatton impressively beat Open champion Brian Harman 3&2 to take Team Europe to 14 points.
Brooks Koepka was dominant throughout against Swedish rookie Ludvig Aberg. The 2023 PGA champion won this match 3&2.
Matt Fitzpatrick missed a putt on 18 to halve with Homa and win the Ryder Cup before Homa then holed a super birdie putt to keep the event alive.
Xander Schauffele then won his first point of the week against Nicolai Hojgaard, taking the Dane down 3&2. The match was now 14-11, with the USA up in two of the last four matches.
But it was Fleetwood who secured the gold trophy after going dormie 2 up against Fowler, making sure that Europe would eventually get the much-needed half point.
Sepp Straka didn’t have a chance to confirm the required half-point after he was beaten by Justin Thomas on the 18th hole.
Fleetwood signed off with a two on 17 to seal the trophy on his third appearance for Team Europe.
Rookie Robert MacIntyre sealed the deal in the final match 2&1 against Wyndham Clark, while Shane Lowry halved with Jordan Spieth. Spieth has still never won a Ryder Cup single match.
Europe won 16.5 – 11.5 against America to regain the Ryder Cup
Any updates from Hat-Gate…
Yes, there was an update to Cantlay’s hat situation which was linked to the flare-up on Saturday evening.
SI.com’s Bob Harig reported that Joe LaCava had been told by Zach Johnson not to say anything.
But Patrick Cantlay himself addressed the reports from Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir that he was allegedly refusing to wear a hat in protest of not being paid to play in the Ryder Cup.
“Dealing with some weird, completely false media stories from one person. It’s totally false. It couldn’t be farther from the truth. Outright lies.”
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Shot of the day?
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