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The United States won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2016 thanks to a dominating performance at Whistling Straits from start to finish in Haven, Wisconsin.

It marks the fourth time in the last 13 meetings that the U.S. has beaten the Europeans in this event.

Team USA needed 3½ of 12 points to get to the 14½ points needed to win the Ryder Cup on Sunday, clinching the Cup with singles victories by Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau. Collin Morikawa made a clutch birdie putt on 17 to earn a half point in his match that ended up a tie, meaning the Americans clinched the Ryder Cup with seven other matches still in progress. Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson also won their matches.

Rory McIlroy had the first point on the board in singles for Europe, beating Xander Schauffele 3 and 2 in the opening match.

The United States entered Sunday singles with a 11-5 lead.

The U.S. won three of the four team sessions and tied Saturday afternoon’s Four-Balls matches. All 12 Americans had already won a match entering Sunday singles, where they held their largest lead over Europe since 1979.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ryder Cup 2021: Team USA dominates for first win since 2016


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