United States claim Ryder Cup glory at Whistling Straits
The Ryder Cup will not be coming back to Europe after the United States secured a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits.
The hosts entered the final day's singles with an 11-5 lead, leaving Europe needing a record comeback to successfully defend the title they won in such style in Paris three years ago.
Rory McIlroy got Pádraig Harrington's men off to an excellent start with a 3 & 2 win over Xander Schauffele in the top match but with a sea of red below him on the board, it was only going to be a matter of time before an American victory was secured.
Patrick Cantlay beat Shane Lowry 4 & 2, an inspired Scottie Scheffler downed Jon Rahm 4 & 3 and Bryson DeChambeau defeated Sergio Garcia 3 & 2 to put the United States on the brink, and it was Collin Morikawa who sealed victory.
The Open Champion had been engaged in a tight match with Viktor Hovland but when he put his tee shot at the par three 17th to three feet to go 1 Up with one to play, he was guaranteed at least a half.
Hovland won the 18th to ensure the match finished All Square but the glory belonged to Morikawa and the hosts at Whistling Straits.
Ian Poulter beat Tony Finau 3 &2 and Lee Westwood defeated Harris English 1 Up, with Tommy Fleetwood securing a half against Jordan Spieth for Europe as the Americans won the final session 8-4.
The winning margin surpasses the 18½-9½ wins achieved by the United States in 1981 and Europe in 2004 and 2006 since continental Europe entered the Ryder Cup in 1979.
McIlroy led Europe out for the third Ryder Cup singles session in a row, in a week where he had lost three matches and been dropped for a session for the first time since making his debut in 2010.
He almost drove the first and got up and down to move 1 Up before a par was good enough to hand him the fourth.
Schauffele hit back on the seventh but McIlroy holed a short putt on the tenth after the American missed from similar range and a par put McIlroy 3 Up at the next.
The Olympic Champion won the 13th but McIlroy birdied the next and he was in tears after he walked off the 16th with a victory.
"I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this team, to be a teammate of all these guys, the Captain, the Vice Captains. We've had a great time," he said.
"It's been a tough week. And the more and more I play in this event, I realise that it's the best event in golf, bar none. I love being a part of it. I can't wait to be a part of many more.
In two years' time we'll go again
"I'm disappointed that I didn't contribute more this week but, you know, in two years' time we'll go again."
Poulter holed a 14 footer on the first but Finau hit back on the eighth before the Englishman hit brilliant iron shots to win the tenth, 11th and 12th.
Finau bogeyed the 13th but a par was good enough to hand Poulter the 15th as he made it 6½ points from seven Ryder Cup singles matches.
"It's difficult," he said. "When you have played Friday, Saturday, you got nothing out of your matches - today was playing with a bit of pride and making sure you put something on the board.
"It's a heavy defeat. It's not good. But you know, just to put something on the board is quite nice."
Westwood - playing in a record breaking 47th match in his record equalling 11th Ryder Cup for Europe - was two down after 14 holes but won the 15th and 16th before shaking hands for a win on the last after Daniel Berger lost his ball.
"The week in general, I think slightly outplayed and definitely out-putted," he said. "I think it's probably right up there with the most cohesive team I've played on. Pádraig pretty much did everything right.
"They had a slightly more talented team on a bit of form and executed shots when they needed to and because I played foursomes, I watched a lot of golf in the afternoons on the TV. They definitely holed more putts than us and that's what the Ryder Cup is all about. When we win, we hole more putts than them.
"There's not a lot between the two sides. In matches, there's not been a runaway score walking down the last few holes. It's a little bit of luck here and there and who holes the putts when it's necessary."
In the other singles matches, Dustin Johnson beat Paul Casey 1 Up, Brooks Koepka downed Bernd Wiesberger 2 &1, Justin Thomas defeated Tyrrell Hatton 4 & 3 and Matt Fitzpatrick lost 1 Up to Daniel Berger.