U.S. clinches victory at 43rd Ryder Cup
KOHLER, Wis. – After five years of waiting and three days of domination, the Ryder Cup is back in American hands.
Beginning the final day of the 43rd Ryder Cup with an 11-5 lead, the U.S. Team wasted little time in once again painting the leaderboards red at Whistling Straits. Among the early results was captain’s pick Scottie Scheffler taking out world No. 1 (and previously undefeated) Jon Rahm, while Patrick Cantlay won an emotionally-charged match with Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
“I woke up this morning and I was trying to tell the guys, let’s get to 20 points. Because this is going to be the next era of Ryder Cup Team for the U.S. side,” Cantlay said. “We have a lot of young guys and I think they are going to be on teams for a long time, and I wanted to send a message.”
Rory McIlroy got on the board for the first time all week when he beat Xander Schauffele in the opening Singles match, but it was a rare highlight for the visiting squad. When Bryson DeChambeau closed out Sergio Garcia the Americans were assured of at least 14 points, and the clincher officially came when Collin Morikawa tied his match with Viktor Hovland to grab the half-point and reach the 14.5 points needed.
Several matches remain in progress on the Straits Course, but all signs point to a decisive American victory that could match or exceed the largest winning margin since the inclusion of Continental Europe in 1979 signaled the start of the modern Ryder Cup era.