Team USA wins Ryder Cup 2021: Perfect Dustin Johnson, new wave of U.S. golfers lead blowout over Europe

24 Nov 2021 | 06:36 | Golf

The United States clinched the 2021 Ryder Cup on Sunday after rookie Collin Morikawa secured the final half point to get to a 19-9 victory, which is the largest margin of victory in Ryder Cup history since the 28-point format came about.

It’s the first time since 1979 and 1983 that Team USA won back-to-back home Ryder Cups after winning in 2016 at Hazeltine. The Americans lost in 2018 in France and seven of the last 10 Ryder Cups against Europe, so a dominant 2021 victory could change the tide in the rivalry.

Heading into Sunday, the United States held the largest winning margin since 1975 with their 11-5 lead. It only took five singles matches on Sunday for Team USA to capture the win. Rory McIlroy won the first match of the day over Xander Schauffele, but Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau finished their strong performances shortly after. Scheffler started out as the only American underdog since he was up against the world No. 1 Jon Rahm, but he kept the lead the entire match, even being 4UP a few times.

Scheffler and Morikawa were the only two rookies who went undefeated in their Ryder Cup play, and they arguably had the two most important victories of the day. The young talent on the American side was too tough for the veteran European team.

Dustin Johnson made Ryder Cup history as he became the only player to go 5-0. At 37, he was the oldest member of Team USA. Six Americans were playing in their first-ever Ryder Cup with veteran mainstays like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on the sidelines

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights of the 2021 Ryder Cup featured groups. Read below for results and highlights from Sunday’s singles matches at Whistling Straits.

Match Results
Xander Schauffele (US) vs. Rory McIlroy (EU) Europe wins 3&2
Patrick Cantlay (US) vs. Shane Lowry (EU) USA wins 4&2
Scottie Scheffler (US) vs. Jon Rahm (EU) USA wins 4&3
Bryson DeChambeau (US) vs. Sergio Garcia (EU) USA wins 3&2
Collin Morikawa (US) vs. Viktor Hovland (EU) TIE
Dustin Johnson (US) vs. Paul Casey (EU) USA wins 1UP
Brooks Koepka (US) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (EU) USA wins 2&1
Tony Finau (US) vs. Ian Poulter (EU) Europe wins 3&2
Justin Thomas (US) vs. Tyrrell Hatton (EU) USA wins 4&3
Harris English (US) vs. Lee Westwood (EU) Europe wins 1UP
Jordan Spieth (US) vs. Tommy Fleetwood (EU) TIE
Daniel Berger (US) vs. Matt Fitzpatrick (EU) USA wins 1UP

4:49 p.m. — Another ace almost appears on Hole 17 with Koepka’s tee shot. That would have finalized the USA victory as well.

4:47 p.m. — Poulter remains the lone European leader as he leads 3UP over Finau.

4:47 p.m. — Johnson misses his birdie chance and a chance to make the Ryder Cup victory official for Team USA.

4:42 p.m. — Hatton makes his first birdie of the day on Hole 14 after Thomas misses another chance to finish the match.

4:37 p.m. — Casey drops an eagle on Hole 16 to decrease Johnson’s lead to 1UP with two to play.

4:36 p.m. — Morikawa seals the deal for Team USA as he birdies Hole 17. He will at least receive half a point as he goes 1UP with one to play.

4:31 p.m. — Morikawa almost aced Hole 17 as his tee shot rolled towards the hole. This is his chance to score a half point for Team USA.

4:28 p.m. — Johnson moves to 2UP with three holes to play. He’s attempting to go 5-0 this weekend.

4:27 p.m. — Thomas had a chance to win the Ryder Cup for Team USA on a birdie putt, but misses as they go to Hole 14.

4:19 p.m. — DeChambeau hands Garcia his first singles loss since 2008 after he captures another point for Team USA. The United States need one more victory to win the Ryder Cup ( 14-6 ).

4:16 p.m. — Koepka misses his par putt, allowing his match to be tied again. Two other matches are tied, while USA leads five and Europe leads one.

4:06 p.m. — Koepka makes a long birdie putt to go 1UP on Wiesberger with five to play. Team USA is winning all the matches except for Poulter/Finau’s match and a tie between Spieth/Fleetwood.

3:57 p.m. — Poulter tries to stay in the match for Team Europe as he goes 2UP after 11 holes.

3:49 p.m. — And another point for the Americans comes after Cantlay wins his match against Lowry. The score is now 13-6 .

3:48 p.m. — Scheffler takes down the No. 1 player in the world and wins the match to give Team USA their first points of the day as the crowd chants “Scottie!” The score moves to 12-6 .

3:37 p.m. — The first match is over with a Team Europe point after McIlroy concedes his birdie, and Schauffele misses an eagle attempt. Europe holds on a little bit longer to go 11-6 .

3:33 p.m. — With an eagle, Rahm stays in the match on Hole 14 as Scheffler’s lead goes down to 3UP . Rahm cannot afford for Scheffler to win another hole.

3:31 p.m. — Cantlay scores a birdie to go 3UP with three to win. He needs to win one more hole for a point.

3:24 p.m. — Thomas extends his lead to 3UP over Hatton on Hole 8.

3:23 p.m. — McIlroy has a short putt chance to win the match on Hole 15, but misses as he hits the edge of the hole. He ends the hole with a bogey to tie as they head to the 16th.

3:18 p.m. — Spieth wins Hole 6 to go 2UP . In his history of team play, Spieth has yet to win a singles match.

3:14 p.m. — Finau and Poulter are now tied after Finau wins Hole 8.

3:09 p.m. — English takes his first lead of the day going 1UP on Westwood on Hole 6. This was the last remaining tie since now Team USA leads nine matches and Team Europe leads three.

3:08 p.m. — Spieth takes the lead after Fleetwood misses a birdie chance. He’s 1UP through five holes.

3:08 p.m. — McIlroy shows some emotion after making a birdie putt and taking a 3UP lead with four to play. He could finally win his first point this year.

2:58 p.m. — Scheffler wins another hole through 11 to go 4UP again over the No.1 player in the world. Rahm has yet to win a hole.

2:55 p.m. — Johnson regains the lead to go 1UP .

2:52 p.m. — McIlroy’s lead decreases to 2UP after Schauffele makes his putt. They have five holes to play.

2:45 p.m. — DeChambeau ends the front nine winning another hole and going 3UP entering the back nine.

2:40 p.m. — Rahm misses his chance to win Hole 10 after missing a birdie putt. Scheffler remains 3UP .

2:32 p.m. — Berger ties up his match after winning Hole 2.

2:31 p.m. — Lowry gets excited as he decreases Cantlay’s lead to just 2UP .

2:29 p.m. — Johnson takes the first lead in match six, going 1UP over Casey through six holes. Team USA is up in seven matches as Spieth also goes 1UP in his match against Tommy Fleetwood.

2:25 p.m. — Scheffler keeps his 3UP lead as this match heads to the back nine.

2:23 p.m. — Morikawa continues his winning streak as he goes 2UP after seven holes. This is quite the battle between the two young golfers.

2:17 p.m. — Fitzpatrick takes the first hole over Berger, making it Europe’s fourth lead by going 1UP .

2:17 p.m. — Similarly to Jordan Spieth’s lip out putt yesterday, Lowry has the same thing happen on Hole 9 to remain down to Cantlay.

2:16 p.m. — McIlroy gets his lead back to 2UP to start the back nine. Americans lead five matches, while Europe leads three.

2:14 p.m. — Morikawa wins his third straight hole after starting 2 down. He is now 1UP over Hovland.

2:12 p.m. — DeChambeau increases his lead on Hole 7 and goes 2UP .

2:05 p.m. — The final match of the day begins between Matt Fitzpatrick and Daniel Berger.

2:03 p.m. — Wiesberger takes the lead over Koepka to go 1UP .

2:02 p.m. — DeChambeau misses his putt to decrease his lead to 1UP through six .

2:00 p.m. — Thomas is off to an electric start after making another birdie on Hole 2 going 2UP .

1:54 p.m. — Europe gets its fourth lead after Lee Westwood wins the first hole over Harris English and goes 1UP . Team USA also has four leads with two ties.

1:43 p.m. — Justin Thomas opens match nine with a win and he goes 1UP over Tyrrell Hatton.

1:37 p.m. — Schauffele decreases McIlroy’s lead to 1UP through seven holes. Three Americans and three Europeans lead.

1:35 p.m. — Cantlay is on fire as he wins his third hole in a row going 3UP

1:32 p.m. — Scheffler loses his first hole of the day, moving to 3UP over Rahm.

1:31 p.m. — Ian Poulter wins Hole 1 to go 1UP over Tony Finau. Poulter has never lost a singles match in his Ryder Cup history.

1:30 p.m. — DeChambeau has two putts to win the hole and makes the second one, going 2UP again.

1:21 p.m. — After Lowry hits into the water, Cantlay goes 2UP after five.

1:15 p.m. — Hovland extends his lead to 2UP after two over Morikawa.

1:15 p.m. — DeChambeau’s lead decreases to 1UP after Garcia makes his birdie attempt on Hole 3.

1:13 p.m. — Scheffler continues his commanding lead going 4UP after Hole 4.


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