Ryder Cup 2021: USA take overall victory over Europe at Whistling Straits
he United States took a well-deserved and emphatic 19-9 record victory to win the Ryder Cup at home.
After dominating the first two days of play at Whistling Straits, Steve Stricker’s side only needed three and a half points out of 12 singles matches to claim the famous trophy.
And despite a touching Rory McIlroy that went well for Europe to win the opener against Olympic champion Xander Sc Chaudele, there was never any sign of a famous comeback for the visitors who reportedly overtook their “Miracle in Medinah” exploits of 2012.
The victory seemed like a formality all day and was secured when Collin Morikawa drew Viktor Hovland on the 18th green to bring the scores to 14 1/2 to 6 1/2.
McIlroy’s teammate Ian Poulter retained his unbeaten singles record with a courageous win over Tony Finau, but Daniel Berger’s victory on the 18th in the final match meant a record-breaking defeat for Europe. No team had reached 19 points since the contest became between the United States and Europe.
Dustin Johnson’s victory over Paul Casey means he’s only become the third player to score five of a possible five points in a Ryder Cup.
“It’s a tough loss for us, but they just played better than us,” European captain Padraig Harrington told Sky Sports.
“They (his team) did everything I could ask them, it was just a tough week on the golf course.
“Obviously better things on the course could have made a difference, but it was always going to be a big challenge because they’re a strong American team and they also got off to a good start. Much has gone against us.
“The only thing I can walk away with is that I’m very comfortable with all the decisions from the start.
“It’s a little consolation, but it’s a consolation.”