SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The Americans won the Ryder Cup back and maybe much more on Sunday and sent a …
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The Americans won the Ryder Cup back and maybe much more on Sunday and sent a strong message to Europe with a strong performance from their youngest team in history.
The Americans won the Ryder Cup back and maybe a whole lot more on Sunday, sending a strong message to their youngest team by giving Europe its worst loss ever.
They never lost a session. They rode the experience of Dustin Johnson, who won all five of his matches and leaned on six Ryder Cup newcomers who combined to a record of 14-4-3.
Daniel Berger won the last hole in the final battle for the last point and a 19-9 victory and broke the record margin by half a point since Europe became part of the Ryder Cup in 1979.
Scottie Scheffler, one of six Ryder Cup newcomers to the Americans, took the world number one player down with a 4-and-3 victory over Jon Rahm as the scoreboards around Whistling Straits were quickly filled with American red.
The final blow came from Collin Morikawa, who at 24 years old is the youngest player on the team and already a two-time major champion. He punched a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that secured the Americans at least the 14 1/2 points they needed.
The Americans had an 11-5 advantage in singles and only needed to win three games and halve another.
Europe’s Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger all failed to win a point. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, part of the backbone of European experience, did not win a match before singles, and then it was too late.
The next step is to win away from home, which the Americans have not done since 1993. Europe still has an 11-9-1 advantage since the Ryder Cup was expanded in 1979 to include the continent.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) -Nasa Hataoka survived a nervous ending to a victory with a shot over Minjee Lee and Eun-Hee Ji at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship ..
Hataoka, a 22-year-old from Japan, shot a final round 4-under 67 to finish at 16 under. She three-putted par-5 18. after reaching the green in two, and had to make a 3-foot to par after rolling her first putt 15 feet past the hole.
Hataoka, who won his fifth LPGA Tour title, had his first victory at this event in 2018.
Lee, who was just ahead with Hataoka to start the day at 12 under, shot a final round of 68. Ji closed with a 67.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PEBBLE BEACH, California (AP) -KJ Choi shot a final 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory over Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka at the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.
The 51-year-old Choi, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, rolled four consecutive birdies from No. 5-8 and played the top nine in 5 under. The South Korean had eight pars and a bogey on the back nine for a total of 13 under 203 in his first win since 2011, in The Players Championship.
The 64-year-old Langer had an uneven final round of 4-under 68. Second place moved Langer on top of the Schwab Cup standings.
The 50-year-old Cejka started quickly and opened with three straight birdies and four in the first five holes. He went on to bogey No. 6 and 8 and played nine nine in 2 under for a 68.
Scott Dunlap finished fourth on 10 under after a final round on 6-under 66. Steven Alker (67) and Paul Stankowski (68) equalized for fifth another stroke back.
JAPANESE GOLF TOUR
KYOTO, Japan (AP) -Keita Nakajima, No. 1 amateur in the world, closed with a 4-under 68 and made par on the first playoff hole that beat Ryutaro Nagano and won the Panasonic Open on the Japan Golf Tour.
Nakajima, a junior at Nippon Taiku University, joins a list of prominent amateurs to win on the Japan Golf Tour, which includes Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Ryo Ishikawa and most recently Takumi Kanaya.
He finished at 18-under 270. Nagano received first-place earnings of 20 million yen ($ 180,500).
Nakajima said he plans to stay at the university as an amateur. He is likely to finish the year as No. 1 on the world amateur rankings, which would give him an exemption for the US Open and British Open next year. He could get into the Masters if he were to win the Asia Pacific Amateur in November.
SYMETRA TOUR RESULTS…. Marcel Schneider needed a birdie to force a playoff, and had a 30-foot eagle putt for a 2-under 70 and a victory with a shot in the Portugal Open over Frederic Lacroix. It was the German’s second title of the year on the Challenge Tour. … Yuna Nishimura closed with a 1-under 70 for a three-shot victory in the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open at the Japan LPGA. … Hae Ran Ryu shot 5-under 67 and won the Chosen Pro Celebrity on the Korean LPGA by making par on the second hole in a sudden playoff. Hye Jin Choi, who birdied the final hole to a 67 to force a playoff, made bogey in the playoffs.
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