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Europe dominate USA to win back Ryder Cup

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A dominant display from Europe in Sunday’s singles saw them beat the USA 17.5 – 10.5 and regain the Ryder Cup in Paris.

Starting the day with a 10-6 lead, Thomas Bjorn’s men looked determined not to let that advantage slip although the first point of the day went the way of the US, when Justin Thomas defeated Rory McIlroy on the last hole.

Paul Casey faced Brooks Koepka in Match 2 and a birdie at the 17th helped the Englishman secure a half point, to edge Europe closer to the 14.5-point mark that they needed to win back the trophy.

There was a surprise in Match 3 when Justin Rose lost 3&2 to Webb Simpson and the visitors were threatening a comeback, but Europe responded in fine fashion and made sure of their success.

The celebrations were spectacular on the 17th when Jon Rahm claimed another point on his debut, beating Tiger Woods 2&1 to leave the men in Blue needing three more points to secure the win.

After a sensational first two days, Tommy Fleetwood was unable to make it a clean sweep after being soundly beaten, 6&4, by Tony Finau.

Ian Poulter once again delivered for Europe after a 2UP win over world number one Dustin Johnson, while Thorbjorn Olesen cruised to a 5&4 victory over Jordan Spieth.

The trophy was won when Francesco Molinari shook hands with Phil Mickelson on a 4&2 win, before Sergio Garcia became the highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history when he sealed victory over Rickie Fowler.

Patrick Reed got some red on the board with a win over Tyrrell Hatton, before Europe won the last two games – with Henrik Stenson defeating Bubba Watson, while Alex Noren beat Bryson DeChambeau in the final match.

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