Oct 2, 2016: Chaska, MN, USA; Patrick Reed reacts to making a good sand shot on the 16th hole during the Day 3 Final Round matches for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire)

United States edges Europe to claim 2016 Ryder Cup

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For the first time since 2008, the United States has won the Ryder Cup over Europe. The team had lost three straight against the Europeans while the winning game came from Team U.SA.’s Ryan Moore.

Played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, the event that first began in 1927 saw the United States take home the Cup for the 26th time in their history. The legendary Phil Mickelson tied the record for most appearances in the history of the event, lacing up the red, white and blue for the 11th time in Cup history, a record for the Americans, but tied with Nick Faldo, who did so for the Europe/Great Britain team from 1977 to 1997.

The heralded left-hander had a thrilling match against Sergio Garcia on Sunday that featured 19 birdies between the two, before ultimately drawing.

Needing 14.5 points to take the Ryder Cup back from Europe as the reigning champions hold onto the Cup in the event of a tie, the Americans dominated on Sunday afternoon. Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore and Dustin Johnson all won while Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson also picked up wins to blow the doors in on the Europeans, to win by a final of 17-11.

The next time the Ryder Cup takes place in 2018, it will hail from Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. The next United States-based venue comes down the road in 2020 when the sides will tee it up at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

United States edges Europe to claim 2016 Ryder Cup

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