Europe regain the Ryder Cup from the United States

Europe regain the Ryder Cup after an emphatic victory against the United States.

Since becoming a full-continent team for the first time in 1979, Europe had won the Ryder Cup on 11 occasions compared to the United States’ 9 ahead of this year’s competition. The last time that Europe had tasted glory in this prestigious tournament came back in 2018, and they went into the 2023 Ryder Cup hoping to finally regain the Ryder Cup from America’s grasp.

2023 saw the 44th Ryder Cup take place since its establishment in 1927. This year, it took place at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy. All three days were intense, exciting and full of action as some of the best players in the world competed for the honour of lifting one of golf’s most famous and prestigious titles.

Europe had dominated the tournament and still collected a 16 ½ – 11 ½ victory despite the United States’ late rally on Day Three (Sunday). Let’s start this review with the action from Day One.

It was a very dominant opening day for Europe, as thanks to the efforts of Viktor Hovland, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick, they managed to establish a lead of 6 ½ – 1 ½ by the end of day one. It was looking very good for Europe, and history was on their side, with 10 of 12 teams to have led by three or more points following day one have lifted the Ryder Cup.

Saturday, day two of the 2023 Ryder Cup, was intense and enthralling. Europe showed control and dominance once again over their American counterparts, establishing a 10 ½ – 5 ½ lead once the action had come to a close ahead of the final day on Sunday. It now looked certain that Europe would regain the trophy, and no team had ever come back from a deficit of five points to win the tournament in the entire 96-year history of the Ryder Cup.

The morning of day two saw Europe win 3 – 1, although Patrick Cantalay led the American charge to a 3 – 1 victory of their own in the final session of the day, getting the better of Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick. Europe still had a dominant lead heading into the final day of action.

By 5pm on Sunday, Europe, with a lead of 10 ½ – 5 ½, needed just four points to regain the Ryder Cup. There was to be a late rally from the United States, but any American dream of a comeback was dashed by Tommy Fleetwood, who produced a sensational shot to become the match-winner and earn Europe’s 12th  Ryder Cup triumph.

Fleetwood sealed Europe’s win with a birdie following a tee shot at the 17th hole, and his opponent Rickie Fowler couldn’t make his 35-footer, handing Europe the victory.

The United States had been performing below par for much of the tournament, but Europe were in formidable form, and the victory they earned was no less than they had deserved in the end.

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