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After dominating the first two days of play at Whistling Straits en route to an 11-5 lead entering Sunday singles, the United States needs just 3½ points out of 12 to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2016.
The U.S. won three of the four team sessions and tied Saturday afternoon’s Four-Balls matches. All 12 Americans had already won a match entering Sunday singles, where they held their largest lead over Europe since 1979.
The Europeans, on the other hand, are tasked with completing the biggest comeback in the history of the biennial event. Advantage Americans.
Veteran Rory McIlroy had yet to earn a point for Padraig Harrington and Team Europe before he took down Xander Schauffele, 3 and 2, to put the first point on the board for the Europeans on Sunday.
Below you’ll find recaps of each match as they end.
Sunday singles results
Rory McIlroy def. Xander Schauffele, 3 and 2
HAVEN, Wis. – Having been blanked the first two days, Rory McIlroy took on the responsibility of providing a boost for Europe in the leadoff match in Sunday singles action.
Having looked dull, off form and uninterested the first two days – he made one eagle and zero birdies in his last 30 holes of Four-Ball play – the heart and soul of Europe began his round against Xander Schauffele with two birdies and never trailed en route to a victory.
McIlroy, who was 0-3-0 the first two days, kept the pressure on Schauffele, who was 3-0-0 the first two days but never looked to be playing his best on Sunday. McIlroy upped his advantage to 2 up with a par on the fourth and 3 up with a par on the 11th. After dropping a hole, a birdie on the 14th gave him a 3-up lead again.
He closed out the 3-and-2 victory with a par on the 16th.
McIlroy is now 12-12-4 in his career.
Unfortunately, McIlroy’s blue flag was the only one on the scoreboard in the first seven matches.
“I love being a part of this. I love this team and I love my teammates so much,” McIlroy said as he fought back tears after he won the opening match. “I should have done more for the team. I’m glad I put a point on the board, but I wish I could have done more. I can’t wait to get another crack at this.”
The next Ryder Cup is in 2023 near Rome.
USA LEADS 11-6.
– Steve DiMeglio
Patrick Cantlay vs. Shane Lowry, 12:15 p.m.
Scottie Scheffler vs. Jon Rahm, 12:26 p.m.
Bryson DeChambeau vs. Sergio Garcia, 12:37 p.m.
Collin Morikawa vs. Viktor Hovland, 12:48 p.m.
Dustin Johnson vs. Paul Casey, 12:59 p.m.
Brooks Koepka vs. Bernd Wiesberger, 1:10 p.m.
Tony Finau vs. Ian Poulter, 1:21 p.m.
Justin Thomas vs. Tyrrell Hatton, 1:32 p.m.
Harris English vs. Lee Westwood, 1:43 p.m.
Jordan Spieth vs. Tommy Fleetwood, 1:54 p.m.
Daniel Berger vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 2:05 p.m.