Ryder Cup 2016: United States beat Europe at Hazeltine

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‘Ding dong’ battle between Rory McIlroy Patrick Reed

The United States regained the Ryder Cup after reaching the 14½ points required to beat Europe at Hazeltine.

Trailing 9½-6½ going into the final-day singles, Europe looked set for a Medinah-style comeback when they led in seven matches.

The US turned the tide, Patrick Reed beating Rory McIlroy in an epic tussle for the first of five points required.

It was left to Ryan Moore to beat Lee Westwood for the decisive point, giving the US their first win since 2008.

It was a particularly sweet victory for US captain Davis Love, who was in charge four years ago when Europe won despite being 10-4 down on the second afternoon.

For Europe, who failed in their bid to win the Cup for an unprecedented fourth successive occasion, Darren Clarke will come under the sort of scrutiny associated with a losing skipper.

Captain’s picks Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood played on Saturday afternoon despite poor first days, while three rookies – Matt Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan – played in only one session before the singles, the latter not seen after Friday’s fourballs.

However, Clarke could have no control over America’s superior putting on Sunday, or the four-point head start the US took with a whitewash in Friday’s opening session of foursomes.

More to follow.

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