Top five 2016 Ryder Cup points scorers

Top-scorers: McIlroy, Snedeker, Koepka, Reed and Pieters.

The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine is over and USA have claimed glory having led the contest from start-to-finish after a dominant start on Day One.

However, it was Europe’s Thomas Pieters who claimed the most individual points having won four of his five contests—despite having been one of the European side whitewashed on the first morning.

USA’s Brandt Snedeker was the only player to finish with a 100 percent record, winning all of his three encounters, while Spaniard Rafa Cabrero-Belo was Europe’s best percentage contributor with 2.5 points from his three outings.

One of the highlights of the final day, meanwhile, was in form duo Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed going toe-to-toe in the singles with the American eventually finishing victorious to end with 3.5 points himself. The result ensured McIlroy ended with three wins from his five outings.

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McIlroy urges European fans not to retaliate at Ryder Cup 2018

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Rory McIlroy insists there will be no “retaliation” from home fans in 2018 when Europe attempt to regain the Ryder Cup which was lost in emphatic fashion at Hazeltine.

The United States won the biennial contest for the first time since 2008 with a 17-11 victory in front of raucous crowds in Minnesota, Davis Love’s side inflicting Europe’s heaviest defeat for 35 years.

McIlroy bore the brunt of the heckling over the first two days of competition and ultimately asked for one man who shouted vulgar abuse to be ejected, with Ryder Cup officials saying on Sunday that any disruptive fans would be made to leave.

“First and foremost, we wouldn’t encourage any sort of retaliation,” McIlroy said of the next contest at Le Golf National in Paris. “That’s just not who we are. That’s not what we do.

“We want to play this tournament in the manner in which it should be played. And between us, the 12 players and vice-captains and captains on this team and between the 12 players on the US team, it was played in the manner in which it should have been played.

“We have no problems with anyone on either team, and really, it’s just a very small minority; 95 per cent of the people out there, the American gallery are absolutely fantastic, they really are.

“But this week, at times, it went a little bit too far. But you know, that’s to be expected. When you are teeing off at 7:35 in the morning and you’re seeing people on the first tee with a beer in their hand and matches aren’t finishing until 4:30, 5:00 in the afternoon, I know I would be done at that point. I don’t know what I would be saying!

“So it has to be expected. A couple of people out there crossed the line, but we’ll take it on the chin. We’ll move on and we’ll definitely not encourage anything like that to happen in France next time around.”

Captain Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood were keen to emphasise that American players and vice-captains tried to maintain order during the matches, Westwood adding: “Fair play to Bubba Watson and the two lads that myself and Danny (Willett) were playing yesterday afternoon (JB Holmes and Ryan Moore).

“They were trying to cut all that off and they were doing their bit to stop that as well.

“And on a good point, I got called a turd yesterday, which is the first time since I was about 12 years old, so it made me feel young again!”

Willett came in for particular abuse after a magazine article written by his brother which expressed anti-American sentiments was published, the Masters champion failing to win a point from three matches.

Asked to sum up his Ryder Cup debut, Willett said: “S***. I can only be honest.”

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USA claim Ryder Cup triumph at Hazeltine

Victorious: Team USA at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

An emotional Patrick Reed led from the front as the United States won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, inflicting Europe’s heaviest defeat for 35 years.

Darren Clarke’s side needed to overturn a three-point deficit in Sunday’s 12 singles matches at Hazeltine to claim an unprecedented fourth straight win in the biennial contest.

But although they won three of the first five matches convincingly, Reed edged a highly-charged opening contest with Rory McIlroy to strike a major psychological blow from which the holders never looked likely to recover.

Wins for Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore took the home side over the winning line and the final score of 17-11 was the biggest winning margin for the United States since a nine-point success at Walton Heath in 1981.

Open champion Henrik Stenson had got the first point on the board with a 3&2 win over Jordan Spieth in match two and rookie Thomas Pieters, who had won all three of his matches alongside McIlroy, then secured his fourth point of a sensational debut with a 3&2 win over JB Holmes.

The gap was down to a single point when another rookie, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello, defeated US PGA champion Jimmy Walker by the same score, only for Justin Rose to lose on the last to Fowler, who had only taken the lead for the first time in the match with a birdie on the 16th.

A miserable week for Masters champion Danny Willett, who was heckled throughout after a magazine article by his brother criticised American fans, was completed with a 5&4 defeat at the hands of rookie Koepka.

And although Sergio Garcia showed incredible nerve to follow Phil Mickelson in for a birdie on the 18th and halve their match – which featured an amazing 19 birdies – Snedeker’s win over Andy Sullivan left the USA needing just half a point for victory.

The honour of securing the win fell to Moore, who was only chosen as the final wild card seven days ago after losing out in a play-off for the Tour Championship to McIlroy.

Moore was two down with three to play against Lee Westwood, who had lost his other two matches this week, but eagled the 16th, birdied the 17th and then made par on the last win to leave Westwood without a point on his 10th Ryder Cup appearance.

The victory was especially sweet for US captain Davis Love, who was also in charge when Europe came back from 10-6 down to pull off the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012.

“We have been criticised for eight to 10 years for not coming together,” Love said. “Phil Mickelson, Bubba (Watson), everyone who played on the team and who didn’t play on the team showed we all had a heart and could pull together.

“2012 was a great team and we played our hearts out but this is a different 12 and I am super proud of them. We all pulled together for this one.”

A sixth defeat in the last seven contests at Gleneagles in 2014 had prompted the formation of an 11-man ‘task force’ to examine all aspects of the US Ryder Cup process and Love added: “We’ve been kicked around for so long and you keep losing so you feel you have to do something different.

“There was a bit of rebuilding to do and a little bit of a shift in attitude. We are not going to win every one but we are going to go into them with a better attitude.”

Clarke’s selection of Pieters proved an inspired choice, but his other wild cards – Westwood and Martin Kaymer – produced just one point from seven matches and the decision to split the successful pairing of Garcia and Cabrera Bello on Saturday proved ill-fated.

Asked if he would change any of his decisions this week, Clarke told Sky Sports: “No. I really wouldn’t. The only one I possibly may have changed was yesterday’s (afternoon) pairings, which had to be in by 11.30 and there were still matches on the course.

“I’ve had a wonderful group of vice-captains helping me every step of the way and we’ve made all our decisions together. This doesn’t happen overnight, 18 months of planning goes into it.

“I think this week the Americans have putted that much better and that makes all the difference between winning and losing.

“Congratulations to Davis (Love) and we’ll try to win it back on our own patch in two years’ time.”

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