The USA win the Ryder Cup

The United States won their first Ryder Cup since 1999 yesterday at Valhalla, comprehensively beating Europe 16½ to 11½. The US team dominated the tournament from tee off on Friday and Europe were not helped by some bad decisions by captain Nick Faldo.

Faldo had been an unpopular choice as captain and his decision not to call up Darren Clarke, one of the heroes of the 36th Ryder Cup, as a wild card pick raised many eyebrows. Yesterday his decision to field his four strongest players -Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter - in the final singles matches turned out to be disastrous.

Paul Azinger's team raced into the lead on the final day with outstanding performances from Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry. In the end the US fully deserved to reclaim the Ryder Cup over the three days while Faldo is going to have a lot of difficult questions to answer.

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