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LIVE RYDER CUP: USA clinch victory after Collin Morikawa halves match against Viktor Hovland, with Europe looking to avoid a RECORD defeat at Whistling Straits as they scramble for points

  • The United States have beaten Team Europe at Whistling Straits Wisconsin 
  • They clinched the Ryder Cup thanks to a half point from rookie Collin Morikawa
  • Another day of disaster for Europe could see them suffer a record defeat 
  • USA required only 3.5 of the 12 points available on Sunday to secure the trophy 
  • Team Europe left staring at crushing defeat as Americans dominate day two 
  • Latest Ryder Cup news, including live action and updates

Team USA have clinched the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits and are on track to storm to a record victory. 

A half point from Collin Morikawa against Viktor Hovland was enough to tip the US to the coveted 14 1/2 points needed to snatch the trophy back from Europe. 

Europe battled early on to rally back with a commanding lead out from Rory McIlroy but never managed the feat of turning the tide as the board flooded with red.

With three matches left out on the course, it is down to Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick to prevent the US romping to a record winning margin. 

The record Ryder Cup victory in the European era is 18½–9½. The US achieved that in 1981 at Walton Heath and Europe have done it twice, in consecutive wins at Oakland Hills in 2004 and the K Club in Ireland in 2006.

With 17 1/2 points currently on the board, Steve Stricker’s men have the chance to smash that record.

Europe required another miracle to retain the Ryder Cup with the United States taking a commanding lead into the final day singles at Whistling Straits.

The USA dominated on day two and lead 11-5, meaning they required just 3.5 of the 12 available points on Sunday to clinch the trophy. 

Follow Sportsmail’s ISABEL BALDWIN for live coverage of the Ryder Cup final day, including tee off times and updates.

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The postman always delivers on a Sunday. 

He looks bleary-eyed and teary-eyed on the 16th but has managed to maintain his unbeaten singles record. 

Could this have been his last delivery though?

Lee Westwood is one down with three to play and has just found a bunker on 16.

It seems like that would spell the end of his chances to steal the hole back but he clips out, ending with a sprinkling of sand flickering back into this face.

It’s a fantastic third from the Englishman though and he might just bring this back to all square.

He’s in for birdie!

Harris English can’t keep pace. His par isn’t enough to keep the European clawing it back and that’s successive holes for Westy.

The winner of the Open Championship just became a tad more important… as if it wasn’t a big deal already.

We wait for Royal Liverpool with baited breath…

The record Ryder Cup victory in the European era is 18½–9½.

The US achieved that in 1981 at Walton Heath.

Europe have done it twice, in consecutive wins at Oakland Hills in 2004 and the K Club in Ireland in 2006.

But can the US crush that margin at Whistling Straits?

They certainly have the chance to.

Paul Casey can’t drop his putt on 18 to win the hole and tie the match with Dustin Johnson, it’s yet another point for the US. 

Justin Thomas also puts a point on the board for the US after defeating Hatton 4&3 following a concession on the 15th.

Team USA look on track for the record win margin.

But Ian Poulter has delivered on a Sunday once again. He maintains his unbeaten record int he singles, defeating Tony Finau. 

While all eyes were on the 18th green and Hovland and Morikawa’s nail-biting finale, the Straits were seeing a fair bit of action elsewhere. 

On 17, Casey lags up nicely from 43 feet and leaves Johnson with a putt to win the Ryder Cup – and it misses!

They halve the 17th in three and go down the 18th with Johnson one up. 

Brooks Kopeka then sees his match out also on 17 with a birdie from an out-of-this-world tee shot. It’s stunning, tacking all the way and just lips out for the hole-in-one.

Some positives for Europe though as Ian Poulter restores his three-hole lead and goes dormie after dropping in a lovely putt from 15 feet.

Morikawa’s par putt attempt on 18 isn’t enough to win his match but it is enough to win the Ryder Cup. 

Hovland beats him on the last to square the match one last time and steal a half for Europe. 

But it also seals that vital half point to take the US to 14 1/2 and put the Samuel Ryder trophy into Steve Stricker’s hands.

Hovland hits a fine shot but that’s all it is fine. He’s left himself with a putt about a mile long on the 17th green. 

Morikawa then steps up with an absolute worldie to guarantee a birdie chance. Luckily for him his wondrous iron-play comes in handy on the par-threes. 

Hovland gives a cracking attempt at his birdie attempt from another postcode and it’s close, so close! But it’s not enough. 

They head down 18 with the US dormie one.

That pretty much guarantees the US the coveted half.

After winning three consecutive holes, a wayward tee shot on the 13th ultimately costs Ian Poulter one.

Tony Finau is able to go straight at the flag with his second, zipping it to 20 feet and then draining his putt.

Poulter is back to two up.

A concession at 16 sees Bryson take the win over Garcia. 

Garcia flicks his outrageously awkward bunker shot on to the far fringes of the green, but he’ll need to sink this putt to keep the match alive. And it is never dropping.

Game over.

The US now just need half a point to win. Somehow I don’t think they’re going to struggle to find it.

Wonderkid moment!

Hovland is a generational talent who will be donning the blue for Europe for years to come. 

He’s outplaying Collin Morikawa in iron-play and that’s saying something.

On the dancefloor, he makes a finely judged 16-footer to take the match back to all square heading to 16.

The US go back up in another. 

Brooks Kopeka wins the 13th with a long birdie putt down the hill. He’s been relentless in this match… but so has Wiesberger. 

It’s constantly chopping and changing here.

Postman clearly deliver on Sundays…

A mini-fist pump on the 11th greets a hole-winning putt, his second in as many holes. His approach on the 10th to six feet was different gravy.

He steamrolls on with vintage stuff to win the next too. Precision stuff from both players off the tee to get into within seven feet. Poulter’s putt dropped, Tony Finau’s didn’t.

He’s set to preserve that immaculate singles record. 

Where were you earlier in the week Poults?

Shane Lowry took an early lead and fought bravely against Patrick Cantlay but very quickly found himself down. 

The Irishman didn’t give in but continued to play catch up until an increasingly inevitable defeat.

Cantlay told Sky Sports: ‘He [Shane Lowry] charged at me in the middle of the match which is what I expected.

‘I expected him to fight and he did but I played really well and hit some nice shots coming down the last couple of holes.

‘All the guys get along well. We are young and have played golf together since we were teenagers so it is great.’

A very emotional Rory McIlroy struggles to keep the emotion in after his win and point for Europe. 

He failed to bring his A game earlier in this Ryder Cup but he stepped up when it mattered the most.

‘I love being part of this team, McIlroy said on SkySports.

‘I love my team-mates so much and I should have done more for them this week. I am glad I got a point on the board for Europe today but I just can’t wait to get another shot at this.

“It is by far the best experience in golf and I hope the boys and girls watching this today aspire to play in this and the Solheim Cup because there is nothing better than being part of a team especially with the bond we have in Europe.

‘No matter what happens after this I am proud of every single one of those players and our captain and vice captains I just which I could have done a little more.

‘I am glad I got a point on the board but it has been a tough week.’

Another point on the board for the US as Cantlay sees off Lowry to move them just one point and a half away from the title.


A superb performance from the US rookie sees him defeat the World No 1 in style.

We were expecting a win for Jon Rahm in this match but it turned into a Dsvid v Goliath very quickly. 

Scheffler was simply unplayable today. 

But you cannot deny Rahm hasn’t played his part for Europe this weekend. 

There’s not a dry eye in the house.. or, well, course. 

Rory McIlroy is in tears on the side of the 16th green, this is what it means.

There’s not many can hit iron shots better than Morikawa but Hovland has him beat on 12. 

A pure shot off the tee sees the Norwegian stick his much closer than the American and duly converts from a couple of feet to pull one back.

He’s still in it. Atta boy Viktor.

McIlroy secures the first point of the day for Europe and could very well be their only. 

He wraps up his match against Schauffele on the 16th, 3&2. 

Time to cheer the boys on from the sidelines.

USA 11-6 Europe

A birdie on 10 moves Johnson further ahead and he’s on his way to secure a little slice of Ryder Cup history, staring down a fifth win out of five. 

Three up, three to play. 

McIlroy has a chance to shut this match down. He misses a six footer from right to left and his chance to win the hole and the match slides on past. 

It’s dormie three though, and surely not long till we see him in full cheerleader mode. 

The boys could need it right about now Rory…

Justin Thomas clips in from just off the green and raising his club to the crowd in celebration.

He pulls three ahead of Hatton now.

Europe’s despair is well and truly cemented. Four of the final matches are currently going America’s way.

Bryson DeChambeau thuds his wedge into a clump of long grass and the ball pops all of half a yard forward.

Don’t worry Bryson, we’ve all been there. 

But it’s a golden chance for Garcia to get back into this match. DeChambeau’s third fails to find the hole from there and with Garcia eyeing a birdie chance, the American concedes the hole.

Tony Finau tidies up from seven feet to win the eighth hole for the hosts.

Poulter loses his one-hole lead.

Jon Rahm is fuming.

His three wood comes flailing out of his grasp on the par-four 13th. 

He turns around to the crowd with hand out and says: ‘Come on guys, we can hear when you move.’

Not impressed.

It’s a roaring birdie for Rory. 

What a matchplay moment. Rory McIlroy produces the goods on the 14th green, sinking a sumptuous 30-foot putt. 

Pressure on and Schauffele can’t match it from 11 foot.

Vital in this top match!

It’s looking pretty ugly if you’re a European. 

US leads 7

Europe leads 2

Tied 3

Dustin Johnson is gunning for 5-0 in this Ryder Cup. He goes back in front as Team USA’s oldest member against Paul Casey. 

Brooks Koepka also adds another patch of red to the board. A stunning drive from Brooks Koepka on the par three seventh hole, sits him pretty at about six-seven feet away from the pin.

He is not missing his birdie putt from there. It’s red again in this match.

But it’s been tight all round and Wiesberger could easily fight his way back in.

Highly uncharacteristic from Morikawa but the American as he pulls a short putt left of the hole.

Hovland pulls one back in a match that has been a tight battle so far. 

Still one up to the US.

Patrick Cantlay makes a pig’s ear of the par-three. He’s seen pretty much every side of this green but not the dancefloor itself. Meanwhile, Lowry is sat there nicely.

After a couple of chips back and forth, the American concedes the hole and Lowry pulls it back to one down. 

It’s clear the Irishman is not letting this one go.

But elsewhere, DeChambeau has pulled three ahead of Garcia. 

It’s one step forward, one step back for Europe.

Rory McIlroy is leading the boys in blue out with a strong lead but the troops are struggling to follow his example.

A touch of class sees Paul Casey pull off a tremendous up-and-down on the seventh.

He digs out his chip with one foot almost hanging off a cliff above Lake Michigan. He chops it out stone dead, rolls in the putt and walks off level.

Xander Schauffele is in the greenside bunker on the 11th and finds his back swing impaired.

The American choses the sensible option and plays back to the front of the green to give himself a par putt up the slope and ridge that will likely divert it right.

McIlroy’s birdie putt races on a few feet but a par will do nicely as Schauffele’s putt pulls up short.

Tommy Fleetwood makes a dog’s dinner of the par three third hole, blazing a par putt well beyond the hole.

Spieth sits nicely after a good tee shot and the Englishman just strides off the green and concedes the hole.

That’s two patches of red in quick succession.

It’s been rather quiet in this match so far but finally the home crowd has something to roar about. 

Both Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey have been pretty steady and evenly matched so far but DJ finally makes the difference. 

Johnson kicks it up a gear and wins the sixth to move ahead in his quest to win all five points this week.

All groups are well off and away and it’s still level all over the board. 

Europe and the US are both up in five and it’s all square in two. But the US only need three and a half points to win and their red patches are coming in high up the board.

Europe are still on the ropes. 

Textbook iron play from Rory McIlroy on the 10th, who restores his two-hole advantage.

The Irishman is far more accurate off the tee and follows it up with a superb wedge to four feet. 

McIlroy is free to tidy up after Schauffele watches his six-feet putt to halve the hole roll over the right edge.

Wiesberger regains some ground against the more experienced Brooks Koepka.

He keeps his head after losing his lead and regains a slim advantage for Europe.

Shane Lowry has the chance to claw one back against Cantlay on nine. 

His putt to win finds the cup but the hole spits it back out. Agonising for the Irishman. 

How did that not stay in?

Still three up to the US.

We’ve lost some blue from the board after Viktor Hovland made a mess of the par-five fourth.

He reverse knocked the ball a couple of feet and was on to the green in five, with a wry smile on his face.

Morikawa then takes the lead on six after he misses his putt to tie the hole. 

US now ahead in this match.

A dazzling Hovland makes his first mistake of the day on four, and that’s all it takes for Morikawa to get back into the game. 

He cuts Hovland’s lead back to one. 

It’s looking like the Europeans need to play flawless golf to shut the Americans out here.

Justin Thomas walks in a birdie putt on the first and he takes the Americans one up against Tyrrell Hatton.

There’s usually no post on Sundays… but there is this week!

The Postman has yet to deliver this weekend but he’s thumping his chest on the first.

He has come out firing and sinks a 14 footer to birdie the first and take the hole.

He does like to deliver on a Sunday, doesn’t he?

Little under 24 hours ago, Justin Thomas was stood chugging beer on the first tee…



Like a yo-yo that from the world number one, an approach flicked out beyond the flag that is then wheeled back in to give the Spaniard a birdie chance from four feet. 

Rahm had already been handed a get-out-of-jail-free card after Scheffler found the water.

The American needs to pretty much drain this with his approach.

It’s a lovely strike that settles 10 feet from the cup, but he lips out!

He concedes the hole and Rahm reduces the gap to three.

Just a little reminder that Bryson DeChambeau found the green off the tee on the first…

Wiesberger gets off to the perfect start as he defeats Koepka at one. 

The Austrian has two putts to win the hole after the American found trouble off the tee. Wiesberger trickles his first putt down to the hole it doesn’t drop but it’s close enough to go one up.

It’s a terrific start for the Norwegian. 

He has gone back-to-back against Morikawa to go two up in the opening two holes. 

Back in the game Sergio!

It’s a lovely tee shot from the Soaniard and he tickles in a birdie putt to claw the hole away from Bryson DeChambeau and reduce the deficit in this match to just one.

Oh, Jon. 

Scottie Scheffler is sizzling. It’s not a bad performance from Rahm on four but the American is simply flying. 

Rahm flicks one into the middle of the green and has a birdie putt from 20 feet… but it drifts narrowly wide. The flatstick is failing him today while Scheffler’s is burning it up. 

He has a huge chance to nab another hole, and he does.

Another dash of red added to the board. 

Cantlay edges ahead of Lowry after taking advantage of a bogey from the Irishman on the fourth. 

The American could extend the lead after an unforced error on the fifth from Lowry sees him find the water.

It’s been a fast start for both teams in the opening first matches. 

Here’s the latest scores:

Who saw this coming?

Jon Rahm has lost the first three holes. 

He goes slightly left off the tee box from, hooking towards the shoreline but eventually keeping its flight and coming to a halt on the back of the green.

But then his birdie putt wriggles off target too.

Scottie Scheffler, meanwhile, is on the dancefloor and looking to go three up from around 12 feet. His putter is scorching right now as he nails it in. 

But Rahm has gone down before this weekend and can easily battle back in style.

Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland are off and this one is set to be a firecracker of a match.

Both making their Ryder Cup debuts this week but seem likely to factor in matches for years if not decades to come. This could be one for the ages. 

But it’s the European who edges ahead on the first. A crisp approach shot sees him land in birdie country. 

Meanwhile, Morikawa is floundering in the bunker-laden rough down the left, and the American can’t get down in two so concedes the hole.

The birdie chance isn’t needed for the Norwegian.

Two decent drives from Rahm and Scheffler is repeated as they each flick an approach on to the edge of the green.

But Rahm looks as if he could be tiring after battling for Europe in all four sessions so far as his putt attempt leaves much to be desired. 

It means Scheffler can have a dig to win the hole and go two up.

And he nails it!

Cantlay reacts brilliantly to going down to Lowry. 

He birdies the par three third to draw himself back level.

Patrick Cantlay’s birdie putt on the second goes begging.

Shane Lowry with a putt to win the hole from four feet. It’s a little tickle down the hill. In it pops. Never a chance he was missing that.

Europe up in two but America also up in two. 

The tension is mounting…

Surely not. 

Bryson DeChambeau has made a two on the first. 

Garcia never stood a chance. His beautiful pitch on to give him a chance is wasted as DeChambeau makes eagle. 

Advantage America.

Scottie Scheffler gives himself a great chance on the opening hole against Jon Rahm, flicking a wedged approach to within four feet of the pin.

Rahm will likely need to hole out from 22 feet to halve this hole… and it whistles past. 

Scheffler goes one up against the World No 1.

It’s experience versus, erm, bulk in match four. 

Sergio Garcia is Europe’s top Ryder Cup point scorer but he faces bomber Bryson in this match. 

DeChambeau led the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee in 2021. But Garcia was third in that statistic. 

The Spaniard hits a beauty off the tee that finds the centre of the fairway, bang on. But DeChambeau’s monster of a drive, finds the green. 

Are we even surpirised at this point?

It’s experience versus, erm, bulk in match four. 

Sergio Garcia is Europe’s top Ryder Cup point scorer but he faces bomber Bryson in this match. 

DeChambeau led the TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee in 2021. But Garcia was third in that statistic. 

The Spaniard hits a beauty off the tee that finds the centre of the fairway, bang on. But DeChambeau’s monster of a drive, finds the green. 

Are we even surpirised at this point?

Xander Schauffele finds the right side of the green on the second. It’s well sat down in the rough which opens the door to McIlroy who hits the perfect distance into the green. 

He zips a laser-guided iron into six or seven feet with an eagle putt incoming.

Welcome back Rory. 

Schauffele has shortsided himself here and his little chip shot runs long but it is the best he can do. 

But the American is rescued from his own errors as McIlroy’s eagle fails to land. It runs past below the hole leaving him with a four and half foot putt. 

Schauffele redeems himself with a lengthy birdie putt and McIlroy follows suit. 

Just when Europe thought they were going to go two up, it stays at one.

Well, well, well. 

Are the Americans cracking?

Cantlay bombs his second shot on the first well over the green, while Lowry eases his on nicely but it’s not quite enough and still has 18 feet to the pin.

The great players never follow a bad shot with another though. Cantlay hits a beautiful shot from the back. It’s an aggressive one that has the perfect pace. That’s in gimme land. 

Pressure on Lowry to make this 18-footer. Ohh, it just cruises past. 

The hole is halved.

It was a privilege to watch Shane Lowry yesterday. The Irishman was fully revved up, nailing birdie after birdie. He will surely be fired up ready to bring home a point for the boys in blue.

But he faces stiff competition in the form of 2021 FedEx Cup winner, Patrick Cantlay. 

Both the European and the American have superb starts. Lowry crushes one down the middle, while Cantlay follows suit. 

How are those nerves?

A flying start for Rory McIlroy and Europe. 

A perfect putt from the fringe nestles Xander Schauffele’s ball close to the hole with a golden birdie opportunity calling. McIlroy chips on from a bit further away but comes up shorter than the American. 

He’s left with a testy putt but easily makes it, nailing it right into the heart of the hole. 

The pressure is on Schauffele now and the nerves begin to crack for the rookie as he pushes it wide and misses. 

Advantage Europe. I don’t think anyone was expecting that.

Here are the pin positions for some of the most creative and demanding greens in golf.

It’s going to require some wicked tee shots to land their balls on postage stamps and get close to any of these.

It’s a heck start for Rory McIlroy who finds the right front edge of the green with a thunderous drive. 

But Xander Schauffele matches it with a cracking strike of his own to trundle onto the front fringe.

It’s Rory’s turn to step up…

The stage is set, the players are on the tee and we’re ready to kick off a spectacular set of Sunday singles.

One of Europe’s few shining lights on Saturday, Shane Lowry put in a passionate and spirited display alongside Tyrrell Hatton. 

The Irishman still believes the Europeans can somehow battle their way into this fight.

Rory McIlroy is leading the Europeans out today. He has now gone first for Europe in three straight Ryder Cups, and he has never teed off later than third on Sunday. 

But the pick comes as a surprise from Harrington as McIlroy’s performances have been less than inspiring this weekend. The Irishman’s Ryder Cup has been listless and dour so far, going 0-3 in team play without any of his matches even reaching the 16th tee

The US have countered with strength, trotting out Xander Schauffele first who has been a firecracker. A rookie, but looking far from it, he will be looking to go 4-0 on his debut. 

If Europe have any chance of turning the tide, it has to start with their leader. A Schauffele point here would signal the end to a week to forget for McIlroy

The Europeans haven’t given up hope yet.

They’ll be channelling the spirit of Medinah out on the course but will it be enough?

Good afternoon and welcome back to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the final day of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Nine years on from the Miracle of Medinah, Team Europe head into the Sunday singles needing a divine intervention again if they are to retain one of golf’s most prestigious trophy after a dismal pairings result.

If it was a miracle at Medinah it needs to be otherworldly in Wisconsin. Padraig Harrinton’s team heads into the Sunday singles with an 11-5 deficit. The six point margin is the largest Europe have trailed going into the singles since 1981.

The Europeans lost both sessions on Day One 3-1, allowing Team USA to build a 6-2 lead, the Americans’ largest ever buffer after the first day of a Ryder Cup. 

The troops tried to rally on Day Two but lost the morning session 3-1 again and only rescued a draw in the afternoon. 

All players on both teams will be out on the Straits as the singles as the US prepare to get the party started, while Europe will just be looking to limit the damage.

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