Golf How the Ryder Cup was won: Sunday singles timeline

We look at how every point was won on the final day of the 41st Ryder Cup, as the USA reclaimed a trophy they last claimed in 2008.

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The Ryder Cup is back in American hands after Davis Love III's United States team completed a 17-11 victory over Europe at Hazeltine to claim the title for the first time since 2008.

Sunday's singles matches began with the US holding a 9.5 - 6.5 lead. We take a look at how the points rolled in on the final day.


2:52pm ET (8:52pm BST): Henrik Stenson beats Jordan Spieth 3 and 2 - USA 9.5 - 7.5 Europe

Europe drew first blood as Stenson – so often impressive in Ryder Cup contests – came on strong over the back nine to beat world number four Spieth, who conceded defeat with his trousers rolled up after finding the water on 16.


2:59pm ET: Patrick Reed beats Rory McIlroy 1up - USA 10.5 - 7.5 Europe

Reed and McIlroy's battle lived up to all expectations over the first eight holes, both men thriving in a frenzied atmosphere as they delivered stunning golf and passionate celebrations. Yet it was Reed who claimed a point that felt crucial as his rival faded.


3:06pm ET: Thomas Pieters beats JB Holmes 3 and 2 - USA 10.5 - 8.5 Europe

Things may not have gone to plan for Europe this week, but Pieters could have done little more to enhance his reputation. Having starred in three successive wins alongside McIlroy, the tall Belgian delivered once again on Sunday, becoming the first European rookie to claim four points at a Ryder Cup.


3:25pm ET: Rafael Cabrera Bello beats Jimmy Walker 3 and 2 - USA 10.5 - 9.5 Europe

Cabrera Bello also enjoyed a fine debut, victory over Walker ensuring the Spaniard finished with 2.5 points from three matches at Hazeltine. Walker raised his level after a slow start, but six birdies from Cabrera Bello proved enough to get Europe within one point of the US.


3:36pm ET: Rickie Fowler beats Justin Rose 1up - USA 11.5 - 9.5 Europe

There was no room for European celebration, however, as a host of American victories flooded in thereafter. Fowler became the second home player to put a point on the board, edging out Rose in a nip-and-tuck contest as the Englishman suffered frustration on the greens.


3:44pm ET: Brooks Koepka beats Danny Willett 5 and 4 - USA 12.5 - 9.5 Europe

Willett saw his maiden Ryder Cup marred before the competition had started, the Masters champion forced to apologise after his brother wrote an inflammatory article insulting American golf fans. The Englishman went on to lose matches on Friday and Saturday, with things only getting worse for Willett in the singles as Koepka romped to the day's most emphatic win.


3:55pm ET: Phil Mickelson halves with Sergio Garcia - USA 13-10 Europe

Reed and McIlroy may have provided the initial fireworks, but Mickelson and Garcia went one better by maintaining an exceptionally high standard of play throughout their duel. It was fitting that both men birdied the 18th to share the spoils, Mickelson having made 10 birdies to Garcia's nine as the two Ryder Cup veterans went round in 63 apiece.


4:03pm ET: Brandt Snedeker beats Andy Sullivan 3 and 1 - USA 14-10 Europe

Scores elsewhere meant the USA's victory was a formality long before a fired-up Snedeker closed out his 3 and 1 victory over Sullivan. After losing two of the first three holes, Snedeker won four of the next five to set up victory. He ended the week as one of only two unbeaten players, together with Cabrera Bello.


4:10pm ET: Ryan Moore beats Lee Westwood 1up - USA 15-10 Europe

Any hopes of a miraculous European comeback were officially ended when Moore – the final addition to the US team only seven days ago – won the 18th to complete a come-from-behind victory over Westwood and take the US to 15 points. Westwood was 2up with three to play, but contrived to lose the remaining holes as his miserable week ended on a low note.


4:18pm ET: Zach Johnson beats Matt Fitzpatrick 4 and 3 - USA 16-10 Europe

Twenty-two-year-old rookie Fitzpatrick looked to have been handed an unenviable task against the wily Johnson and so it proved as the two-time major winner prevailed comfortably. Despite making just one birdie on the front nine, Johnson was three up at the turn as his young rival struggled.


4:27pm ET: Dustin Johnson beats Chris Wood 1up - USA 17-10 Europe

Wood birdied four of the first five holes against the US Open champion, but it was not enough as the hosts' margin of victory was extended still further.


4:39pm ET: Martin Kaymer beats Matt Kuchar 1up - USA 17-11 Europe

The final point went to Europe, Kaymer fighting back from three down after seven holes to at least ensure he did not join Willett, Sullivan, Westwood and Fitzpatrick in failing to score at Hazeltine. Nevertheless, the German will be deeply disappointed with his performance after earning a wildcard pick.

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