Task completed as US wins back Ryder Cup


“We’re playing the Europeans, but at the same time we play golf with these guys every single week”, Reed said.

“2012 was a great team and we played our hearts out but this is a different 12 and I am super proud of them”.

“They greet us like we are one of their own”.

Love’s counterpart Darren Clarke was gracious in defeat as he became the first European skipper to lose a Ryder Cup since Nick Faldo at Valhalla eight years ago. There was a shift in attitude but we all said we’re going to do whatever it takes to win this thing again.

“We’re bringing home the Ryder Cup because of it”.

Patrick Reed’s heroics led the charge for the U.S.in the Americans’ reclaim of the Cup for the first time since 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club, highlighted by the 2014 CareerBuilder Championship winner’s instant classic, 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy in Sunday’s opening singles match.

Despite Moore just learning he was on the team on Sunday night and arriving at Hazeltine on Monday afternoon, he said it was easy to make the transition to Team USA.

Cup newcomer Ryan Moore, selected with a captain s pick only a week earlier, won the last three holes to defeat England s Lee Westwood 1-up and secure the trophy by giving the Americans an unbeatable edge in a tension-packed test at Hazeltine. It ended in a way that would have made Palmer smile, with the USA players, majority in or near tears, talking about their regard for teammates who somewhere along the way became more like a family. Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson made clutch putts over the final holes to secure two vital U.S. points while 10-time Cup starter Lee Westwood, a captain’s choice, botched a two-foot putt to cost Europe half a point.

Pieters beat J.B. Holmes 3 and 2, becoming the first Europe rookie to take four points and the first rookie to play five matches since American Larry Nelson was 5-0 in 1979.

That meant the US needed only five points to retake the Cup, after losing three straight and eight of the last 10.

U.S. stars Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed won Ryder Cup bragging rights over Europe’s top duo of Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, thanks to Tiger Woods getting them the chance.

For the first time since 1975, every US player won at least one match.

Henrik Stenson and rookies Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera-Bello closed the gap for Europe, narrowing the US lead to 10 1/2 to 9 1/2, but the Americans held a big edge in the later matches. Spieth and Reed, 4-1-2 overall, matched the all-time United States pairs points record of five set by Arnold Palmer, the six-time Cup victor who died last Sunday at age 87, and Gardner Dickinson. Team USA needed 14.5 points to clinch the victory.

“It is disappointing obviously”, said the world No3, who lost by a hole to Patrick Reed in the singles on Sunday. Garcia squared the match with a birdie on the 16th. McIlroy managed just one birdie ” and had three bogeys ” from that point on, and Reed outlasted him for a 1-up victory that set the tone for the rest of the day. Reed followed with a 35-foot birdie putt, wagging his finger at McIlroy.

Leaping in the air after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole _ much like he did when he won the 2004 Masters _ might have been the only thing Mickelson got wrong all week.

Sergio Garcia, Europe, halved with Phil Mickelson, United States.

World number three McIlroy, the highest-ranked player in the European side and victor of four majors, was a target for the rowdy American galleries from the off.

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