Ryder Cup 2016: Winner, Final Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2016

CHASKA, MN - OCTOBER 02:  Patrick Reed of the United States reacts on the 12th green during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 2, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After three straight losses, the United States defeated Europe to win the 2016 Ryder Cup with a final score of 17-11 on Sunday.

In an event with only pride on the line, Team USA brought the trophy home in an emotional victory after an eight-year drought.

The PGA Tour's official Twitter account showcased the excitement from the home team at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota:


The United States has won the #RyderCup for the first time in almost 3,000 days. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/KdaSm9AElh

ESPN's Mike Greenberg praised the winning performance:

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Sweet victory for Team USA in what was a hard fought, brilliantly played, hugely compelling #RyderCup. What a show they put on. Well done.

The United States needed to secure five points from the 12 singles matches Sunday, and they came through with outstanding individual efforts throughout the day.

Sunday Singles Results
Patrick ReedRory McIlroyUSA 1 Up
Jordan SpiethHenrik StensonEurope 3 and 2
J.B. HolmesThomas PietersEurope 3 and 2
Rickie FowlerJustin RoseUSA 1 Up
Jimmy WalkerRafa Cabrera BelloEurope 3 and 2
Phil MickelsonSergio GarciaHalved
Ryan MooreLee WestwoodUSA 1 Up
Brandt SnedekerAndy SullivanUSA 3 and 1
Dustin JohnsonChris WoodUSA 1 Up
Brooks KoepkaDanny WillettUSA 5 and 4
Matt KucharMartin KaymerEurope 1 Up
Zach JohnsonMatt FitzpatrickUSA 4 and 3

The United States held a 9.5-6.5 lead after two days in the competition. The Americans got off to a 4-0 start in the Friday morning foursomes, and the Saturday afternoon four-ball pairings earned a 3-1 advantage for the home team.

Still, the competition always comes down to singles play, and this year was no different.

The most entertaining match was the first one, with Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy creating plenty of fireworks in the early going, as the United States' Twitter account shared:

Ryder Cup USA @RyderCupUSA

Is this really happening?? Incredible. #RyderCup #GoUSA https://t.co/guA2h1BjGK

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The fan support led to a lot of emotion from both sides over the course of the match. The players also did their part on the course as Reed used five birdies and an eagle to earn a 1-up victory for the United States.

As expected, the winning putt came with plenty of excitement.

The PGA Tour shared the replay:


An epic finish to an epic match. #RyderCup https://t.co/D8hzOpINip

Another notable early match pitted two of the best in the sport against each other as Jordan Spieth took on Henrik Stenson. While both had their moments, the Swedish star earned a 3-and-2 victory thanks to shots like this, via PGA.com:


🎯 Stenson is 2 up heading to 14. #TeamEurope https://t.co/6DEdJfWfHT

Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera Bello continued the early success for Europe with their own 3-and-2 wins. Sergio Garcia also halved his battle against Phil Mickelson.

Golf writer Ron Mintz broke down the impressive showing between the veteran duo:

Ron Mintz @MintzGolf

19 birdies in 18 holes for Mickelson and Garcia.....halve the match.... incredible performance.....#RyderCup

However, the United States continued to show off its depth as the day continued.

Rickie Fowler and Brandt Snedeker earned impressive individual wins, although Brooks Koepka was arguably the most dominant of the day, winning 5 and 4 over Masters champion Danny Willett.

Jason Sobel of ESPN.com joked about the only problem with Koepka's day:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Brooks Koepka could've been the clinching point for the U.S. -- except he made the mistake of winning too quickly.

Ryan Moore then took care of the rest with his win over Lee Westwood. The last captain's pick won the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to earn the full point over the English veteran, securing the victory for the United States.

PGA.com shared the moment Moore clinched the Ryder Cup for the U.S.:


It's over! @ryanmoorepga defeats Lee Westwood on No. 18 to clinch the 41st Ryder Cup for #GoUSA! https://t.co/R9LOu3ilGs

Dustin Johnson, who had been one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour over the last few months, wasn't even needed down the stretch, but he still came through with a victory to add to the United States' margin of victory.

Sunday's win ended a period of futility for the Americans, who had lost three Ryder Cups in a row and six of the last seven. With a relatively young group, many of this year's players will likely try to retain the cup two years from now at Le Golf National in France.


Post-Match Reaction

U.S. captain Davis Love III was pleased the team he put together came through in the clutch.

He spoke about what he was most proud of, per Luke Reddy of BBC Sport:

That our guys handled the pressure. There was a lot of stunning golf. Phil put up 10 birdies and only got a half today. I'm proud of what [European captain] Darren Clarke did but we pulled together and put up a performance. Everybody did their part, from the people in the locker room to the guys on the course.

The team effort led to an impressive win over a strong opponent.


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