USA win the Ryder Cup as Europe fail to close gap on final day

They triumph for the first time since 2008

BY Raf Diallo 22:08 Sunday 2 October 2016, 22:08 2 Oct 2016

USA's Patrick Reed and Europe's Rory McIlroy shake hands after their round during the singles matches on day three of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA. Picture by: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/Press Association Images

USA have reclaimed the Ryder Cup from Europe after the final day's action at the 2016 edition at Hazeltine.

Davis Love III's side won 17-11  to win their first Ryder Cup since 2008.

USA came into the final day singles matches holding a three point lead which left Darren Clarke's Europe needing big performances on Sunday to turn things around and retain the Cup for a fourth tournament in a row. 

They fared well in the early matches with Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello beating Jordan Spieth, JB Holmes and Jimmy Walker respectively 3&2.

But after a thrilling contest against Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy lost out to the American. 

Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka won their matches for USA.

Ryan Moore's defeat of Lee Westwood clinched victory as USA overcame the 14½ point mark they needed to clinch victory, before two more points were added when it had already been secured.

 

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