2023 Ryder Cup results, scores, standings: Europe holds off late U.S. push, wins seventh straight on home soil
The Americans made a run in Sunday singles, but it was too little too late
Europe has officially reclaimed the Ryder Cup. Winning 16.5 to 11.5, it leaned on star players and a sensational team effort across the first two days to win the competition for the eighth time in the last 11 editions and seventh straight when hosting the event dating back to 1997.
Tommy Fleetwood won the key half point in the 11th match against Rickie Fowler. Heading to the par-4 16th with a one-hole lead, Fleetwood hit his tee shot to 23 feet after Fowler found the water. After Fleetwood missed an eagle putt, Fowler conceded a 2-foot, 8-inch birdie putt -- and Europe's victory. Fleetwood's win on the hole secured at worse a tie for Europe, putting them over the required point total.
"I'm relieved to be honest," said Fleetwood. "I didn't think it would come down to the backend. Just to be able to play a part in this week, particularly today, I wasn't planning on it coming down to us, but I always had it in my mind, 'Just get your point and whatever happens, happens.' It was pretty nervy coming down the last few."
The home team put its horses out early in Sunday singles, and the Euros delivered with 2.5 points between Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy. Entering the day up 10.5 to 5.5, Europe fended off an early U.S. charge and needed only 1.5 points through the other nine matches.
Any thought of a new era of American dominance following their 19 to 9 win at Whistling Straits in 2021 has been put to bed thanks in part to the play of McIlroy. Collecting a 4-1-0 record across the five sessions, the four-time major champion garnered the best record of his Ryder Cup career and the best of any player at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club.
Hovland got in on the action with a 3-1-1 record, and Rahm once again thrived on this stage with a 2-0-2. Tyrrell Hatton claimed his first Sunday singles victory to put Europe 0.5 points away from winning the cup and put a bow on a stellar 3-0-1 performance.
"It's been a rollercoaster since I got the job 14 months ago," said Europe captain Luke Donald. "Something I always dreamed about. These are the times, I have had so many special moments on golf courses. It was just an honor and privilege to captain these 12 guys, incredible guys. They played their hearts out."
Meanwhile, despite a Sunday surge to get within four points, the American stars were outplayed by their European counterparts. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler went 0-2-2 without a match victory to his name. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele all had losing records with the lone bright spot coming from U.S. rookie Max Homa and his 3-1-1 mark.
"The European team played some phenomenal golf," said U.S. captain Zach Johnson through tears. "It really is quite that simple. My guys showed true heart, true grit. A lot of character. They played for each other. I love them. Hats off to Luke."
The weekend in Rome brought fireworks both on and off the golf course, but make no mistake, Europe won this Ryder Cup on Friday. Racing out to a record 5.5 to 1.5 advantage highlighted by a 4 to 0 sweep in the opening session with heroics from Rahm, Hovland and Justin Rose late, Europe was ready for the fight from the word go.
U.S. was sluggish and lacking energy only to be ignited by a hat, or lack thereof, winning Saturday afternoon's four-ball session to cut the lead to 10.5 to 5.5 heading into Sunday singles. It was the only session the Europeans lost as Sunday was split down the middle 6 to 6.
Donald could do no wrong for his European side. He inspired them, brought them together, placed them in the correct positions and made Marco Simone a home-course advantage. Donald's 12 responded with massive efforts rallying around each other and delivering a true team victory in true European fashion.
2023 Ryder Cup results: Day 3
Europe 16.5 | United States 11.5
Session 5 — Singles | All times Eastern
2023 Ryder Cup key takeaways
Match 1 -- Jon Rahm TIED Scottie Scheffler: The opener had a little bit of everything. Each player won six holes and tied the other six in what was a back-and-forth affair. Rahm won three of the first five holes with the help of Scheffler missing a couple short putts, but the world No. 1 held his head. He caught fire around the turn with a win on nine and another on 11. Rahm won two straight to regain the lead, but Scheffler returned the favor with two straight wins to take the lead into the final three. They exchanged birdies on the short par-4 16th before Scheffler burned the edge on 17 with a putt that would have secured a full point. Instead, they went to 18 where Rahm two-putted for birdie. Scheffler was unable to get up-and-down for his, and Europe secured a pivotal half point.
Match 5 -- Max Homa 1UP over Matt Fitzpatrick: With Rahm, Hovland, McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton securing 3.5 points for the Europeans between them, the home team was a tie away from clinching the cup early on Sunday. Fitzpatrick and Homa both played great golf on the front nine as the Englishman made his second eagle of the week on No. 5 to grab a one-hole lead. Homa started to find his stride around the turn as he rattled off victories on Nos. 8-10 to flip the match to a 2 UP advantage. A bogey on the short par-4 11th tightened affairs and set the stage for a nerve-racking final seven holes. Both players had chances to take control of this match as short misses on the green were had coming down the stretch.
Mistakes bled to other areas of the game as Homa and Fitzpatrick both found the water on the drivable par-4 16th. The match extended to 18 where Homa had to take an unplayable lie from the greenside bunker. Hitting his fourth just inside 10 feet, the American was the only thing standing between the European's and their champagne. Homa connected, but he only delayed the inevitable.
Match 11 -- Tommy Fleetwood 3&1 over Rickie Fowler: Homa secured a full point and forced the middle portion of the European lineup to produce points, and they did. Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele cleaned up their matches to put some red, white and blue on the board, but the Ryder Cup settled on Fowler and Fleetwood.
The Englishman never trailed. Holing his third from off the green on No. 9, Fleetwood grabbed a 1 UP lead and doubled it when Fowler picked up on the 10th. The American tried to muster a comeback, but a poor tee shot on the 16th was all she wrote. Once Fowler found the water, the Ryder Cup was in Europe's possession, and his concession to Fleetwood's putt -- no matter how peculiar -- never truly mattered.
Europe wins back the Ryder Cup!
Tommy Fleewood's win on No. 16 has them over the required 14 points they need to win the Ryder Cup. What a great performance from Europe. They were the better team from the start, but it was made interesting with a surge from the Americans in Sunday singles. All that is left is the celebration and the final score.
This thing is over
Rickie Fowler is in the water on 16 while Tommy Fleetwood is on the surface. If Fleetwood wins this hole, he will be 2 UP with two holes to go and will secure the crucial 0.5 points to win the Ryder Cup. Congratulations to Europe!
Sepp Straka fights on
The Austrian will have a chance to win the Ryder Cup for Europe. He heads to 18 1 DOWN in his match against Justin Thomas. If he wins this hole, he will secure the 0.5 points required for victory. It stands 14 to 10.
Is there a chance?
The final two matches are cut to one with a handful of holes remaining. The U.S. has ZERO room for error. They must sweep the rest of the matches on the golf course. U.S. leads two. One is tied. Europe leads by one in two.
Homa keeps U.S. alive
The champagne remains on ice. Max Homa ties 18 to win his match 1 UP. What a week from the rookie winning three points and being the best player on the U.S. all competition. Gutsy. Gutsy. Gutsy.
Hatton wins; Europe 0.5 away
He cleans up Brian Harman on 16, and the pressure is now on match No. 5. Max Homa takes a 1 UP lead to 18. If Matt Fitzpatrick wins that hole, Europe wins the Ryder Cup. If Homa is able to tie, he will extend this (for now).
Homa having issues closing Fitzpatrick
He missed from 5 feet on 13, followed Fitzpatrick into the water on 16 and just missed an 8 footer on that very green to win the hole. They head to 17 with a 1 UP American lead. U.S. has no room for error, and if they squander ANY of their leads, this thing will be over.