Team USA have regained the Ryder Cup with a stunning win over Team Europe at Whistling Straits, setting a new record for the biggest win in the history of the event. Leading 11-6 going into the final day, Steve Stricker’s men continued their dominant form to forge a 14-6 lead, before Colin Molikawa’s halve with Viktor Hovland sealed matters. USA eventually won 19-9, which is the largest margin of victory of all time.
No team has ever come back from a deficit of more than four points on Sunday to win the Ryder Cup, and knowing the task ahead of his players, Harrington had little choice but to send his big guns out first.
It paid dividends first up, with Rory Mcllroy ending a torrid week by rediscovering his best form to beat Xander Schauffele 3&2.
But from there it was the now-familiar sight of red on the leaderboard, with Patrick Cantlay seeing off Shane Lowry 3&2 and Scottie Scheffler driving a dagger through the heart of the Europeans by beating Jon Rahm, a talisman for his team this week, 4&3.
Bryson DeChambeau eagled the par-4 first to set the tone for his 3&2 win over Sergio Garcia, which took Team USA to 14 points.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “This is a special day for everybody here. This Ryder Cup means a lot to everybody, to your team (Europe), to our team, so to finally put in a dominant appearance here, it means a lot. These guys played great, they deserve it.”
And in a chilling warning to the Europeans, Stricker said he felt the youthful nature of his team, which boasted six rookies, meant what happened in Wisconsin could be the start of a new era for American in the Ryder Cup.
“I sure feel like it is,” he said.
“We all talked about how young this group is and they’ve come in with a lot of fire. I haven’t come in with an ego, every one of those players has a better resume than I do. We just tried to make sure they had a good time and put them in pairings they would enjoy.”