Darren Clarke’s men came into the contest looking for a fourth win in a row but were on the back foot after a 4-0 whitewash in the opening session and entered the final day trailing 9½-6½.
Open champion Henrik Stenson and rookies Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello put early points on the board to offer some hope of a glorious comeback but wins for Americans Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Brandt Snedeker plus a half for Phil Mickelson had the hosts on the brink of victory.
The win was sealed when Ryan Moore defeated Lee Westwood one up on the last, the pick handing redemption to United States captain Davis Love III following the Miracle at Medinah in 2012 when Europe had fought back from 10-6 behind to win on the final day.
Highlights & Celebrations
^ Patrick Reed and Rory went at all day. Why aren’t all golf tournaments like this?
Rickie Is Riding Solo, You My Boy Slick Rick.