Ryder Cup final day as it happened: Key moments as USA win Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup final day as it happened: Key moments as USA win Ryder Cup

02/10/2016 at 20:56Updated 02/10/2016 at 22:39

Look back at the final day of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, with Europe failing to overturn a three-point deficit on the final day.


USA reclaim Ryder Cup

10.37 p.m. - Kaymer beats Kuchar in final match

Martin Kaymer turned on the style on the back nine, coming from three down against Matt Kuchar to win up the last. That makes the final tally 17-11.

10.27 p.m. - Dustin Johnson closes out win over Wood

US Open winner Dustin Johnson finishes up a one-up victory on 18 over Chris Wood, with Wood earning huge credit for the way he went toe-to-toe with one of the best ball strikers in the game.

10.23 p.m. - Zach Johnson finishes off Fitzpatrick

One of the remaining matches goes the way of the USA as young rookie Matt Fitzpatrick loses 4&3 to twice major champion Zach Johnson.

10.15 p.m. - USA eye 18-10 margin

With the USA up in all three remaining Ryder Cup matches, an 18-10 victory is in sight - which while not quite the record margin, would only be half a point short of the biggest-ever win.

10.10 p.m. - Moore wraps up victory by beating Westwood

Lee Westwood makes a total mess of the 18th hole, and in the end Ryan Moore ends up with three putts to reclaim the Ryder Cup. From only 15ft he does it in two, winning his match and sending the score to 15-10.

10.05 p.m. - Mickelson v Garcia, the scorecard

10.03 p.m. - Snedeker wraps up match against Sullivan, Dustin Johnson misses chance to close it out

A glory of a tee shot on 17 gives Brandt Snedeker a 3&1 win over Andy Sullivan - and it's effectively all over, with USA needing just another half a point to confirm that they have won the Ryder Cup.

Ryan Moore will almost certainly claim that half a point on 18, where he hit a fine shot to 12ft. With Lee Westwood further away, it all looks over - despite Martin Kaymer fighting back to one-up on Matt Kuchar, and Chris Wood fighting hard against Dustin Johnson... with DJ missing a short one on 16 which would have put him dormie two up with two to play.

9.55 p.m. - Garcia halves! What a finish and what a match!

Quite incredible golf from both men - arguably the greatest singles match in Ryder Cup history.... While back on 17, Ryan Moore goes eagles-birdie on 16 and 17 to square it up with Lee Westwood. Madness!

9.54 p.m. - IT'S THERE! Mickelson birdies.

Ten birdies in 18 holes for Phil Mickelson! What a performance, and what a match! Can Garcia earn a half?

9.53 p.m. - Mickelson's chance to put result beyond doubt

Garcia and Mickelson both have birdie putts on 18... Mickelson's is from up the back, a good 25ft away, while Garcia is just over 10ft away. With the other matches all going red, this would effectively be a death blow for Europe if Mickelson were to finish it up.

9.45 p.m. - Koepka puts Willett out of his misery

The American rolls in a 10ft par putt against the Masters champion to close it out, 5&4. USA just need two of the remaining matches to go their way.

9.36 p.m. - Justin Rose chokes on 18 as Fowler takes the match - while Mickelson steps closer

With Rickie Fowler hitting a weak shot to 18, Rose has a chance to claim half a point with a 12ft putt... and he leaves it short, bang on line. It may well not end up crucial, but after that any hope of regaining momentum seems gone...

...and that impression is confirmed as Mickelson almost matches Garcia's fine shot on 17, and rolls in an 18ft putt for his ninth birdie of the day. Incredible stuff... but Garcia matches it with a birdie of his own.

9.34 p.m. - Garcia squares match against Mickelson

It's game on for Sergio Garcia as Phil Mickelson finds trouble on the watery par-5 16th hole - all square, two holes left in that match... and Garcia then fires in close on the par-3 17th.

Up on 18, Justin Rose has 15ft up the hill to pinch half a point...

9.27 p.m. - Pieters has set all-time rookie record for Team Europe

9.26 p.m. - Europe close to within a point...

...but will they get any closer than that? Probably not, but for now the scores are close as Rafa Cabrera Bello closes it out against Jimmy Walker on 16.

9.25 p.m. - Rose fails to pounce, Mickelson falters, Europe teetering

Phil Mickelson gives Sergio Garcia hope by slicing a drive deep into the trees - but ahead on 17, Justin Rose misses a very makeable 12ft putt against Rickie Fowler, and ends up halving the hole. Rose needed to win that one... but he didn't and the writing now seems on the wall for both that game and the match.

Things get worse back on 13, incidentally, as Chris Wood misses a 6ft birdie putt, staying two down against Dustin Johnson. These are the sort of matches which started swinging the other way at Medinah four years ago...

On the other hand, Lee Westwood is salvaging some pride by going one-up on Ryan Moore. Europe need him to win, Rose to pinch a half, and Garcia to turn it around against Mickelson to have any hope.

9.15 p.m. - Europe's hopes start to unravel?

Rickie Fowler birdies the 16th to go one up on Justine Rose - going ahead in this match for the first time all day - while Phil Mickelson remains one up on Sergio Garcia after a superb eighth birdie of the day on 155.

Those bottom five matches look worse than ever, with USA at least 2 up in all of them and Brooks Koepka a stunning four up on Danny Willett.

9.06 p.m. - Pieters wins fourth point of Ryder Cup, Garcia falls behind

After JB Holmes gets into all sorts of trouble on 16, Thomas Pieters finishes the match off 3&2. Europe close to within two points, but with the rest of the scoreboard looking very, very red it probably won't last long. Everything now hinges on the bottom five matches turning around.

Sergio Garcia's woes on the greens have continued to bite him as Phil Mickelson goes one-up after 14. Lefty has been second best tee-to-green but has been incredible putting, and is now one up with four holes left.

8.59 p.m. - Reed wraps up victory with final hole birdie

An outstanding shot and a great putt under pressure from Patrick Reed on 18 as he birdies to claim the match against Rory McIlroy. Great golf today - and a superb match, particularly in the incredible front nine. We'll not forget that one in a hurry.

8.57 p.m. - Swinging back to Europe?

Matt Fitzpatrick has won the 6th and 9th to square his match against Zach Johnson... while Martin Kaymer has birdied the 9th to get back to two down. A changearound in fortunes?

No. Or not yet anyway. Danny Willett now goes three down with a missed putt on 10.

8.56 p.m. - "I don't think I've played that poorly, but I didn't want to let it slip today"

Henrik Stenson is happy to have his singles point at least after a difficult week. "It was a tough match, I'm happy to have come out on top," he tells Sky Sports.

8.54 p.m. - McIlroy about to lose his match

McIlroy's half a chance of a half all but evaporates as Reed fires his second shot into four feet. McIlroy matches it... but on today's evidence you'd back Reed here.

8.50 p.m. - Stenson claims first point of the day, McIlroy stays alive

Henrik Stenson claims the first point of the singles as he crushes his second shot to the green of the par-5 - he's two up, and with Jordan Spieth in the water that is that, the match ending in farce as Spieth grumbles about a penalty shot incurred for moving the ball as he stepped into the drink to see if he could play it.

Meanwhile, up on 17, Rory McIlroy wins the hole to take his match down 18. Still one down... but half a chance of a half.

Henrik Stenson - 2016 Ryder Cup singles

Henrik Stenson - 2016 Ryder Cup singlesReuters

8.40 p.m. - Rory on brink of defeat

A poor pitch shot to the par-5 16th hole sees Rory McIlroy lose and go two-down, with Patrick Reed making a wonderful up-and-down birdie from the greenside bunker. Guaranteed half point...and US look like taking first blood here.

Starting to look a looooonng way back for Europe - even though Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are all two-up now.

8.30 p.m. - USA dominating final five matches

Europe now up in four of the top six matches... and it would have been five if it weren't for Justin Rose halving a hole on 12 thanks to Fowler's long putt from the fringe.

But the USA are in charge further down the scoreboard: the final five matches are all in US hands as it stands, though Matt Kuchar at 3up on Martin Kaymer is the only one who has more than a one-hold advantage.

8.15 p.m. - Stenson goes two-up, DJ gets ahead of Wood

Henrik Stenson wins the par-3 13th after Spieth hoicks his ball in the water off the tee, while Dustin Johnson birdies the 8th to go one-up on Chris Wood - that match is swinging crazily back and forth. Back in the bottom match, Fitzpatrick birdies the 5th to get back to just one down against Zach Johnson.

8.05 p.m. - Wood halves hole with bogey, Garcia squares it up with Mickelson

Chris Wood shares a hole with US Open champion Dustin Johnson with a bogey - yes, a bogey - on the 7th, with both men having gone in the water. And Lee Westwood then rolls in a 30ft putt - yes, Lee Westwood! - to go all square against Ryan Moore after nine holes.

Putts flying in, tensions rising, and just a hole or two in it in every match now. USA in the driving seat... but lots of golf left. And with Sergio Garcia winning the 10th to square things up with Mickelson, things suddenly look a little better.

7.55 p.m. - McIlroy and Reed run out of birdies, Stenson and Cabrera Bello look comfortable... everything else turning red

Henrik Stenson goes two up after pouncing on Spieth's mistake on 11, but Justin Rose loses his lead with his bogey on 10 to a par from Rickie Fowler. Further down the order, Matt Kuchar goes one-up on Martin Kaymer, while Chris Wood and Dustin Johnson are level once more after DJ birdied the 6th.

Final day of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine - Patrick Reed v Rory McIlroy

Final day of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine - Patrick Reed v Rory McIlroyReuters

Better news for Europe elsewhere: Cabrera Bello is the first man to go three-up today, winning the 9th against Jimmy Walker.

7.40 p.m. - Pendulum swinging wildly between Europe and USA

No sooner does the USA seem to have the advantage than Europe hit back, with Chris Wood going in front against Dustin Johnson with a birdie on the 5th.

Spieth has just spun one off the back of the green on 11, while over on 12 Rory McIlroy has made bogey missing a 10ft putt.

Can Patrick Reed capitalise? He can! He has just rolled in his similar-length par putt - and Reed now leads, one up with six holes left.

7.30 p.m. - Mickelson makes a move

Phil Mickelson's putting is off the charts: with Garcia in close on the 7th, Lefty rolls in a 25ft effort... and Garcia then misses his short one. USA go one-up in that match, and the red spots appearing on the scoreboard now. Further ahead JB Holmes rolled in a huge one to square things with Pieters once more, while Snedeker has birdied the 4th and 5th to square things up with Andy Sullivan.

Things looking better right now for USA - but in the first match, Patrick Reed is in trouble against McIlroy on 12.

7.20 p.m. - Zach Johnson gets some red on the board

A much needed boost for the USA as Zach Johnson goes one-up on Matt Fitzpatrick in the final match out on course. Brandt Snedeker has also pulled one back on Andy Sullivan...

...but other than that, it's still all good news for Europe. McIlroy and Reed still matching blow-for-blow, while Henrik Stenson blasted the ball over a tree to set up a birdie on the 9th against Spieth. Thomas Pieters has won two holes on the trot to be up against JB Holmes, while Sergio claims the sixth to square it up with Mickelson.

Nobody at all running away with their match right now - that a real rarity by this stage of a Ryder Cup Sunday.

Final day of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

Final day of the 2016 Ryder Cup at HazeltineReuters

7.05 p.m. - Europe sneak ahead as Stenson and Pieters back on terms

Henrik Stenson rolls in a short birdie on the 8th, Thomas Pieters pops in a 10ft putt on the 7th - both now all square, meaning Europe are down in just one match, and up in four...

Tension building.... what a finish we could be in for, with the likes of Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan all peppering the flag right now.

6.50 p.m. - Stars trade blows across Hazeltine

Phil Mickelson wins consecutive holes against Sergio Garcia with a great shot to three feet on the third and a 3-ft birdie on the fourth.

Back on the first Chris Wood shares the opening hole with Dustin Johnson in birdies - up on the 7th Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson both save par from the fringes of the huge lake... and on the fifth Cabrera Bello misses an 8ft eagle putt and ends up halving the hole with Jimmy Walker.

Europe have their noses in front in more matches, but this Ryder Cup is exploding on the final day. Anything can happen.

Ryder Cup 2016 - Rickie Fowler of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the first hole during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Ryder Cup 2016 - Rickie Fowler of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the first hole during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup Hazeltine National Golf Club.Reuters

6.40 p.m. - McIlroy and Reed trade outrageous birdie putts on the 8th

Two indifferent tee shorts on the 8th, but McIlroy sinks a 55ft putt for birdie... only to see Reed match it with his own 30ft effort! Both players actually laughing at this now, and they fist bumps, share big grins, and leave the green with arms around each other.

What a match!

6.30 p.m. - Cabrera Bello strikes, Westwood holes horrifying three-footer to win opener as Europe begin to shine.

Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the par-5 4rd hole to go one up against Jimmy Walker - while back on the first Lee Westwood wins the opening hole with a par after bravely knocking in a three-footer.

Up ahead Jordan Spieth and JB Holmes are both 1-up again, both having won the fifth... but Europe now ahead in four matches behind them.

In the top match Rory McIlroy nails a 20ft putt for a birdie and a half on the 7th - and shushes the baying crowd, who'd just been cheering for Reed's even longer effort.

6.12pm - Garcia birdies the first against Mickelson

Poor approach to the first from Phil Mickelson with a wedge in his hand, to 30ft only - where Sergio Garcia nails it to 3ft. The birdie goes in, Garcia gets one up at the first!

6.04 p.m. - Reed soars with stunning eagle

USA's star player Patrick Reed gets his match with Rory McIlroy back to all square with a stunning driver to 8ft from the tee on the short par-4 5th hole, after which he rolls in the eagle. McIlroy loses the hole despite getting a birdie...

Behind, Justin Rose matches Rickie Fowler's birdie on the second to stay one up. Henrik Stenson has won the third to square things up with Jordan Spieth... and Thomas Pieters is now just one down after birdieing the third having lost the first two holes against JB Holmes.

5. 44 p.m. - McIlroy gets his nose in front

Rory McIlroy gets up and down for a birdie on the par-5 3rd hole to go one-up on Reed. McIlroy looks to be playing beautifully so far, with Reed hanging on.

Behind McIlroy, however, both Henrik Stenson and Thomas Pieters are one down. Pieters thinned his first chip on the opening hole to lose it to JB Holmes.

Rory McIlroy - 2016 Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy - 2016 Ryder CupReuters

5:32pm - First blood to the USA

Jordan Spieth chips in for a birdie on the first to win the hole - and probably fair enough too, considering that Henrik Stenson drove his ball into a toilet block. "That's literally a s**t shot," quipped the Swede.

Ahead on the second more good news for Team USA as McIlroy misses an 8ft birdie putt to win the hole. Still all square there.

5.20 p.m. - Reed rises to challenge

Patrick Reed ends up with a 20ft putt for par on the first, with McIlroy just 18 inches away - but the American drains it to remain all-square after one hole. That's a big psychological blow early on.

5:04 p.m. - Match under way

Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, the stars of the European and USA teams respectively, get things going. McIlroy blasts one down the fairway, while Reed rolls his up behind a tree.


Match 1: 5.04 p.m.

Patrick Reed v Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

Match 2: 5.15 p.m.

Jordan Spieth v Henrik Stenson (Sweden)

Match 3: 5.26 p.m.

JB Holmes v Thomas Pieters (Belgium)

Match 4: 5:37 p.m.

Rickie Fowler v Justin Rose (England)

Match 5: 5.48 p.m.

Jimmy Walker v Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Spain)

Match 6: 5.59 p.m.

Phil Mickelson v Sergio Garcia (Spain)

Match 7: 6.10 p.m.

Ryan Moore v Lee Westwood (England)

Match 8: 6.21 p.m.

Brandt Snedeker v Andy Sullivan (England)

Match 9: 6.32 p.m.

Dustin Johnson v Chris Wood (England)

Match 10: 6.43 p.m.

Brooks Koepka v Danny Willett (England)

Match 11: 6.54 p.m.

Matt Kuchar v Martin Kaymer (Germany)

Match 12: 7.05 p.m.

Zach Johnson v Matt Fitzpatrick (England)