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Team Europe was finally challenged by team USA on the last day of the Ryder Cup but finished with the victory. Final scoreline was Europe 16.5 USA 11.5. The Americans made a fight of it in the 12 singles matches and showed some class and grit. The opening game featured Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler and it swung back and forth throughout the afternoon. The match was halved on the 18th after Rahm fought back to claim a draw with the world number one. Europe wins Ryder Cup 2023 on the back of some outstanding efforts by the senior players on their team.

Viktor Hovland: Viktorious at Tour Championship

Team Europe Achieves Victory In Rome Ryder Cup

Viktor Hovland was supreme and could make a solid argument to be player of the tournament. Hovland crushed Collin Morikawa 4 & 3 – who was never in that match despite some fine golf. Rory McIlroy beat Sam Burns 3 & 1- and was a dominant force on the final day. Patrick Cantlay played the best golf for the USA over the last two days, and he accounted for Justin Rose 2 & 1.

Max Homa was the player of the Ryder Cup for the Americans, in my view, and he managed to get over the line against Matt Fitzpatrick 1 UP on the 18th.

Open thoughts of golf - Xander Schaufelle

Tense Battle On Singles Day At Ryder Cup Sees Europe Win

Tommy Fleetwood sealed the deal with a majestic strike to the 16th green. Although he missed a putt on the previous green to keep Ricky Fowler in it. It did get tense over those final few holes despite the scoreline in the end. Golf is like that with games turning on a dime and remarkable shots keeping players in it. Tyrrell Hatton was another strong European winner over Brian Harman 3 & 2. Shane Lowry fought back to grab a tie with Jordan Spieth. Bob MacIntyre beat Wyndham Clark 2 & 1 in a sterling effort.

“Europe won this raucous Ryder Cup in Rome, but only just. Fired up by clashes between the two teams on Saturday night, USA came out battling in the Sunday singles and almost pulled off a miracle at Marco Simone. Match after match turned red on the board but Europe held back the sea, and it was left to one of the most popular members of the team, Tommy Fleetwood, to finish the job in an understated moment on the 16th green.”

Rory McIlroy whelmed by The Open
Rory McIlroy (NIR) In action during the third round of the The Genesis Invitational, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, USA. 14/02/2020 Picture: Golffile | Phil Inglis All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Phil Inglis)

For Team USA Brookes Koepka was too strong for the rookie Ludvig Aberg winning 3 & 2. Justin Thomas beat Sep Straka 2 UP on the last hole. Xander Schaufelle managed to tame the young Dane Nicolai Hojgaard 3 & 2. Captain Zak Johnson was left to rue what might have been after this dominate European performance over 3 days at the Ryder Cup in Rome. Marco Simone golf course will long remember this wonderful event where huge European crowds sang their way to victory for their team.

Golf was the ultimate winner from this sublime edition of the Ryder Cup. Congratulations to Captain Luke Donald on his team’s fine victory.