Fleetwood Wins Ryder Cup for Europe in Dramatic Fashion

Fleetwood Wins Ryder Cup for Europe in Dramatic Fashion

--Fleetwood Clinches European Ryder Cup Triumph
--Europe Triumphs 16-1/2 to 11-1/2 Over U.S.
--In a spectacular showdown, Europe's Hovland, McIlroy, Hatton, and MacIntyre also emerge victorious in singles matches.
--Cantlay, Homer, Koepka, Thomas, and Schauffele shine, securing valuable points for the U.S. team.

Oct.1:In a thrilling showdown on Sunday, Europe stood strong against a determined American resurgence to clinch the Ryder Cup, and it was England’s Tommy Fleetwood who sealed the deal in a heart-pounding climax.

The Americans, fueled by the ambition to mount the greatest final-day comeback in the history of this biennial event, found their groove after being outplayed and outmaneuvered for the first two days at the Marco Simone course.

Yet, the daunting task of erasing a five-point deficit proved insurmountable, and it was Fleetwood who ensured the trophy returned to Europe. In a dramatic moment, Fleetwood’s opponent, Rickie Fowler, conceded the 16th hole, leaving the Briton two up with just two holes to play and a guaranteed half-point.

Fleetwood went on to secure a commanding 3&1 victory, setting off jubilant celebrations as Europe extended their unbeaten home record against the Americans to an impressive 30 years. This victory also served as sweet revenge for the record-breaking 19-9 defeat they suffered at Whistling Straits in 2021.

Although the final score appeared comfortable at 16-1/2 to 11-1/2, with the gap unchanged from the start of the day, there were moments when it seemed a U.S. comeback was in the cards.

Europe’s skipper, Luke Donald, expressed his admiration for the American effort, saying, “It was stressful as the Americans put up a fight today, so hats off to them. But I am so proud of my 12 guys.” Europe had set the tone on Friday with a commanding 4-0 sweep of the morning foursomes.

“We started off great, which was exactly what we needed. Then a few matches turned red. We kept glancing at the scoreboard, wondering where we’d find those 14 and a half points. But we always had some players at the back who looked promising.”

Tommy Fleetwood, at 32 years old, unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight. “I’d have preferred not to be in that situation,” he admitted. “I didn’t want it to come down to one of us at the back. I was feeling pretty nervous taking the tee shot on the 16th. It’s never easy watching someone’s ball land in the water, but I still had to step up and make the shot. It’s an incredible feeling to perform under such immense pressure.”

In the end, the Americans paid the price for their lackluster start, failing to secure a single match on the opening day. Nevertheless, they left the event with their heads held high.

“My competitive spirit is still running high,” said American captain Zach Johnson. “We’ll analyze it. I won’t make excuses. Europe simply outperformed us.”

Donald strategically placed his top-ranked players at the forefront of the singles order, including world number three Jon Rahm, number four Viktor Hovland, and number two Rory McIlroy, who had been involved in some heated incidents the night before.

More Highlights

  • Norway’s Hovland, consistently impressive throughout the week, displayed unstoppable form as he closed out his match against Collin Morikawa on the 15th green, securing a convincing 4&3 victory, marked by an impressive seven birdies.
  • In the marquee match-up, Spain’s Masters champion Rahm and the world’s top-ranked player, Scottie Scheffler, engaged in a titanic battle that ended in a thrilling tie. Rahm sealed the deal on the 18th hole with a brilliant long-distance putt, while Scheffler faltered with a mishandled chip.
  • Scheffler, who had earlier been emotional following a record 9&7 loss in the foursomes alongside Brooks Koepka, rebounded with a stellar display. “We needed to rally around something; we were getting our butts kicked to start the day,” Scheffler acknowledged.
  • Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, a seasoned Ryder Cup veteran, bested the determined rookie Sam Burns with a score of 3&1. McIlroy, often regarded as Europe’s guiding star, contributed four crucial points to bring his career Ryder Cup tally to 18. He expressed that this victory helped ease the pain of their previous defeat at Whistling Straits.
  • “We came to Rome this year with the intention of redeeming ourselves a bit,” said the composed McIlroy, who had a contentious incident with Patrick Cantlay’s caddie on the 18th green after a loss on Saturday. “I used that little incident last night to my advantage. I let it fuel me.”
  • However, amidst these European triumphs, the resilient American team managed to paint the scoreboard red. Cantlay, whose heroics in the stormy fourballs had bolstered his team’s hopes, secured a 2&1 victory over Justin Rose.
  • Englishman Tyrrell Hatton eased nerves by completing a 3&2 victory over British Open champion Brian Harman, bringing Europe within half a point of glory.
  • But Team USA, under the leadership of Johnson, demonstrated they were not ready to concede just yet. Koepka triumphed over young Swede Ludvig Aberg, and Max Homa survived a tense 18th hole to secure a narrow 1-up victory over Matt Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had a chance to clinch Europe’s victory, but his birdie putt narrowly missed the mark.
  • When Xander Schauffele defeated Nicolai Hojgaard, narrowing the gap to 14-10, European fans began to feel the tension. However, a pivotal moment arrived when Fowler’s tee shot at the par-four 16th found the water, and Fleetwood kept his composure by landing on the green. When Fowler conceded the hole, the 32-year-old Englishman, Fleetwood, raised his arms in jubilant relief.
  • With the finishing touches in place, the celebration could begin in earnest, although American minds were already drifting to Bethpage in 2025. “It will be significantly different,” Fowler remarked, hinting at future challenges and opportunities.

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