Golf: US claim first Ryder Cup since 2008

United States' Brandt Snedeker reacts on the 16th hole during a singles match at the Ryder Cup. Photo / AP
United States' Brandt Snedeker reacts on the 16th hole during a singles match at the Ryder Cup. Photo / AP

The United States has won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

Ryan Moore two-putted on No. 18 for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, giving the Americans a 15-10 lead that sealed the win over Europe.

The victory completed a two-year soul search for the Americans after they were routed in Gleneagles for a third straight defeat. They formed a task force to address the shortcomings and delivered an emphatic performance at Hazeltine.

The Americans needed just five points in the 12 singles matches today.

The U.S. wins started with Patrick Reed's thrilling 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler edged Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker beat Andy Sullivan, Brooks Koepka routed Danny Willett and three matches were still being played.

Victorious U.S. captain Davis Love III says he is proud of his team for handling all the pressure that was on it over the last two years.

After the Americans wrapped up their first Ryder Cup victory since 2008, Love said the work and preparation that went in to assembling this team helped lay the groundwork for success that eluded them so many times before.

"I'm just proud of these guys. They had a lot of pressure on them for the last two years," Love said.

"Every time we picked a guy, they had more and more pressure, more and more questions. I'm just so proud of the way they played."

It was a special redemption for Love, who captained the team at Medinah that gave up a 10-6 lead on the final day in 2012.

- AP

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