Two years later, the Europeans reclaimed the trophy from the United States, although the Americans made a strong showing on the final day.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood took the 15th point needed by the Europeans in a singles match against Rickie Fowler in Gedonia Monticlio near Rome – in the end it was 16.5:11.5. This meant that Captain Luke Donald's team was able to win the continental comparison against the defending champions favored from the USA.
It is Europe's eighth Ryder Cup win of this millennium and 13th overall (although 14:14 was enough to defend the title in 1989).
The United States is catching up
The Europeans laid the foundation with a strong performance in the four doubles sessions on Friday and Saturday, where they led by 10.5:5.5. In the 12 individual events held on Sunday, the Americans initially led for the most part.
However, the Europeans withstood the onslaught of the guests: Norwegian Viktor Hovland clearly beat Colin Morikawa (4 and 3 wins), Spaniard Jon Rahm fought to a draw on the last hole against world number one Scottie Scheffler, and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy beat Sam. Burns (3&1 success) and Englishman Tyrell Hatton defeated Brian Harman 3&2.
The “hat problem” with McIlroy
On Saturday, an incident in Fourball between European duo McIlroy/Matt Fitzpatrick and Americans Patrick Cantlay/Wyndham Clark caused problems.
McIlroy accused Cantlay's caddy of standing in his way and waved the hat in front of his eyes before hitting the game-winning shot on the 18th green. After the Europeans lost the duel, McIlroy apparently threw a tantrum in the parking lot. Donald defended his prominent player, but also demanded respect for the opponent.
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