United States wins Ryder Cup for first time since 2008

Tiger Woods
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2009, file photo, Tiger Woods tees off in the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Organizers of golf’s prestigious Ryder Cup have encountered skepticism from Minnesota state officials as they seek logistical assistance and sponsorships for the 2016 event at Hazeltine. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel,File)

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The United States has won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.

Ryan Moore two-putted on No. 18 for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, giving the Americans a 15-10 lead that sealed the win over Europe.

The victory completed a two-year soul search for the Americans after they were routed in Gleneagles for a third straight defeat. They formed a task force to address the shortcomings and delivered an emphatic performance at Hazeltine.

The Americans needed just five points in the 12 singles matches Sunday.

The U.S. wins started with Patrick Reed’s thrilling 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler edged Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker beat Andy Sullivan, Brooks Koepka routed Danny Willett and three matches were still being played.

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