Trailing by three points overnight, Clarke loaded the top of his order for the 12 singles matches with his star players, but it eventually proved to no avail.
“Because of our team culture and they way we all get along, it could be any one of those guys”.
Of 14 players who reached the 17th on Sunday, there were eight pars, four birdies and two bogeys.
Though Moore’s victory was the clincher, it was not the match that mesmerized the Hazeltine throng of 50,000-plus, mostly-behaved spectators. I was able to eagle 16, which was huge.
Pieters continued his strong play on Sunday by beating another long hitter J.B. Holmes 3 and 2. We didn’t make many birdies on both sides. They’re guys who know the Ryder Cup landscape and were asked about it.
Pieters and Rory McIlroy went on to strike up a superb alliance for the remaining team matches, while Rafael Cabrera Bello also excelled for Europe on his debut. McIlroy and Thomas Pieters won three of the opening five holes.
But Phil Mickelson is both a tinkerer and a thinker, and he doesn’t figure to leave well enough alone. No problems with Patrick Reed at all.
‘I am excited. He was a pick by Darren and he showed this week just how good he is, showed me how good he is, ‘ he added. Garcia’s tee shot sailed into the crowd – and landed square in one of the course marshal’s pockets. Each would have shot a 63 in medal play.
Ryan Moore, United States, def. A week later, Moore was celebrating a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood that secured victory.
And there in the middle of the front row of the press conference sat Patrick Reed, who electrified the Americans and the boisterous crowds, sat next to Moore, the final captain’s pick who didn’t even know he’d be a part of the team a week earlier. Westwood shook off his missed 2-foot putt that cost Europe on Saturday afternoon. The two were close throughout, with no player holding more than a 1-hole advantage.
“I mean, the pin on 17 (a 176-yard par 3) is an absolute, you know, a joke”.
Snedeker finished the week with the Americans’ best record, 3-0.
1452 – Stenson gets the first point on the board in match two with a 3&2 victory over Spieth after the American is penalised for causing his ball to move as he contemplates trying to play it from the edge of a water hazard on the 16th.
Dustin Johnson (USA) beat Chris Wood (Europe) 1up. For him, none of that compares to winning the Ryder Cup on Sunday. Garcia had nine birdies, and they played the course in a combined 18-under.
The American got within 1 down with four holes to play until Fowler missed too many key putts. It worked. They are undefeated in two matches.
Brooks Koepka, United States, def. Danny Willett, Europe, 5 and 4.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a putt on the 12th green during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup. Kaymer didn’t give away any holes, however, and cut the deficit to 1 down when Kuchar bogeyed the 13th hole.
Zach Johnson (USA) beat Matt Fitzpatrick (Europe) 4&3.
McIlroy, victor of the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup last weekend, looked crestfallen, receiving a consolation pat on his back from captain Clarke, but the boost to home morale was significant.