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The Ryder Cup

The 44th Ryder Cup was held at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy, from September 29 to October 1, 2023. Team Europe defeated Team USA by a score of 16.5-11.5, regaining the trophy after losing in 2021.

Europe got off to a strong start, winning the first four matches of the tournament. The United States looked to fight back in the afternoon session leading in 3 and losing the other. A strong European finish though put a stop to that with Hovland, Rahm and Rose all making winning puts on the 18th green to get a halves. It was the first time in history that a team hadn't won a match on the first day.

On Saturday, Europe continued their dominance in the foursomes format with Victor Hovland and Ludwig Aberg completing the biggest ever win in Ryder Cup history with a 9&7 win over world number 1 Scottie Scheffler and major winner Brooks Koepka. Europe won 2 of the other 3 matches to take a 9.5 to 2.5 lead. The US did finally start to fight back in the afternoon taking the session 3-1 to lower Europe's lead to 5 points.

On Sunday Europe got off to the perfect start leading 5 of the first 6 matches and looking like they would canter to victory but the USA didn't give up. By the time the first 9 matches were done Europe were still half a point short leading 14-11. The bottom 3 matches suddenly became vital and all 3 were very close. It came down to Tommy Fleetwood to essentially claim the half a point Europe needed when Fowler hit his ball into the water on 16 and Tommy knocked it to 30 feet on the drivable par 4. This took Tommy 2 up with 2 to play and now unable to lose. The celebrations started and Tommy would seal the point on the next green. Bob McIntyre was next to finish with a 3&1 win over US Open champion Clark and that left Lowry going down 18 with a 1 up lead on Jordan Spieth. Knowing Europe had already won concentration may have gone and Lowry sealed half a point.

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