Collin Morikawa sealed the winning half-point for the United States in its dominating victory in the Ryder Cup, with the Americans clinching the outcome just five matches into singles play at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis.
Morikawa won the par-3 17th hole with a short birdie putt to take a one-hole lead on Viktor Hovland, meaning he would at least halve the match — all the U.S. side needed to complete the incredible three days.
The Europeans would have needed the largest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history in order to retain the Cup. They trailed 11-5 entering the day, with the Americans needing 14 1/2 points to regain the Cup.
With Morikawa’s half-point guaranteed, that meant the margin would grow to at least 14 1/2-6.
The U.S. won the Ryder Cup for just the fourth time in the last 13 editions of the competition.