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Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Americans beat the Europeans 17-11 to earn first Ryder Cup in last three tries

Sunday morning featured twelve singles matches that were set to determine the Ryder Cup. The Americans needed only 5 points to secure the victory, their first in three Ryder Cup events, or six years. However, the Europeans, even with the win streak, have never won four Ryder Cups in a row. The stage was set with a perfect pairing to get things started: the fiery Patrick Reed squaring off against Rory McIlroy.

Things were kicked off the right way when the crowd broke into the National Anthem as the sun rose. Watch below:

Match 1: Patrick Reed vs. Rory McIlroy

Patrick Reed carried his emotion over from Saturday, getting fired up when he halved the opening hole against McIlroy. Reed would jar his second shot on the par-4 5th to draw even with McIlroy through the front nine. Reed parred the 12th to go 1-up on McIlroy. Reed extended his lead on the 16th, to go up 2 with 2 holes to play. McIlroy stayed alive on the 17th hole, pushing the match to the final hole. Reed stood victorious 1-up when both players birdied the final hole.

Match 2: Jordan Spieth vs. Henrik Stenson

Jordan Spieth won 2 of the first 5 holes, surrendering the 3rd hole, to lead 1-up. He lost his lead on the 8th, going all square into the 9th, where Stenson took a 1-up lead.  Stenson birdied the 11th to extend his lead over Speith to 2-up. Jordan got one back on the 12th with a solid par. Stenson won the 13th to reassert his 2-up lead. Stenson put the nail in the coffin on the 16th winning the match 3 & 2.

Match 3: J.B. Holmes vs. Thomas Pieters

J.B Holmes sprinted out of the gate to a 2-up lead after winning both opening holes. Pieters cut his deficit on the third making birdie. They traded holes back and forth through the fifth, leaving Holmes with a 1-up lead. Pieters got one back on the 7th and 8th, and Holmes won the 9th, to leave things all square going into the homeward nine. Pieters took a 1-up lead on the 11th. Pieters birdied number 14 to take a 2-up lead. Pieters closed out the match 3 & 2 on the 16th hole.

Match 4: Rickie Fowler vs. Justin Rose

Justin Rose got off to a good start by birdieing the opening hole to take a 1-up lead. Fowler got one back on the seventh, but relinquished the tie on the following hole. Fowler won the 10th, bringing the match all square. Fowler birdied the par-5 16th hole to take a 1-up lead with two holes to play. Rickie Fowler won his match 1-up, holding off Justin Rose

Match 5: Jimmy Walker vs. Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Jimmy Walker lost two of the opening four holes, going 2-down through six holes. Cabrera-Bello took a 3-up lead on the ninth heading into the final 9 holes. Walker climbed his way back on the back nine, winning two of the first three holes. Ultimately Cabrera-Bello was too much for the PGA Champion and finished him off on the 16th hole, 3 & 2.

Match 6: Phil Mickelson vs. Sergio Garcia

Phil Mickelson lost the first hole, but won two of the next three to take a 2-up lead through 5. Mickelson gave one back on the 6th, but regained the 1-up lead on the 7th. Sergio birdied the ninth to bring the match level. Sergio won the first two holes on the back nine, but surrender his lead by hole 14, leaving Phil 1-up with four to play. Mickelson took the lead with a birdie on number 14. Sergio drew even on 16, and both went into the final hole all square. They both birdied the 18th hole and halved the match.

Match 7: Ryan Moore vs. Lee Westwood

Ryan Moore and Lee Westwood each won a hole in the opening four staying all square. Moore won the fifth hole to take a 1-up lead. Westwood won hole nine to bring the match square. Westwood parred the fourteenth and took a 2-up lead over Moore. Moore came back on the 16th and closed the game to only 1-up with 2 to play. Moore then proceeded to draw the match even on 17, heading into the eighteenth. Ryan Moore only needed par on 18 to win his match against Westwood 1-up.

This match clinched the Ryder Cup for the Americans

WATCH: Ryan Moore seals the victory for the Americans:

Match 8: Brandt Snedeker vs. Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan won 2 of the first 3 holes to take a 2-up lead over Snedeker. Snedeker won the next two holes to draw even with Sullivan. Then proceed to win four of the next five to take a 2-up lead. Sullivan clawed back on the ninth to get within one. Snedeker won the 17th giving him the 3 & 1 victory, and brought the U.S.A within .5 points of the Ryder Cup.

Match 9: Dustin Johnson vs. Chris Wood

Dustin Johnson lost the second hole, going 1-down. The two would trade holes from the 4th to the 6th, bringing the match all square heading into number 7. Johnson then proceeded to take a 1-up lead after winning the 8th hole. After giving one back, Johnson won three of five holes in the middle of the of the course to take a 2-up lead. Wood birdied the 16th, to close the lead to 1-up with 2 to play, however it wouldn’t matter as Ryan Moore beat Lee Westwood to clinch the Ryder Cup for the Americans. Dustin Johnson held on for the 1-up victory.

Match 10: Brooks Koepka vs. Danny Willet

Danny Willet took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the second hole of the match. Koepka won the 6th hole squaring the match, then won the 7th .  On the 9th Brooks won another, pushing his lead. Koepka kept the fire going and was 3-up through 11 holes. Koepka won another hole on the 13th putting him 5-up with 5 to play. Koepka closed out Willet on the very next hole winning 5 & 4.

Match 11: Matt Kuchar vs. Martin Kaymer

This match was quiet until the 5th when Kuchar birdied to take a 1-up lead, then extended his lead on the 6th hole and 7th hole to 3-up. Kaymer got one back on the ninth heading into the final nine holes. Kaymer won the 13th and 14th holes, squaring the match. Kaymer held onto his lead, winning the match 1-up.

Match 12: Zach Johnson vs. Matt Fitzpatrick

Zach Johnson won the first hole with an opening par. He then won the 4th hole to extend his lead. Fitzpatrick clawed back on the 5th and the 8th to even the score. Johnson won holes 9 and 10 to take a 2-up lead. Johnson won the 12th extending his lead to 3-up. Zach Johnson won the 15th hole earning the 4 & 3 victory over Matt Fitzpatrick.

Final Score: Americans 17, Europe 10

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AJ Reillyhttps://www.ajreilly.com
A.J. is a life-long baseball fan and avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his life Jessica, son Jack, and daughter Nora. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit. To find out more visit: ajreilly.com Follow him on Twitter: @_ajreilly

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