Ryder Cup 2016: European rookies ramp up the exuberance

The closing stages of the biennial US-Europe showdown have long been the occasion for outrageous pyrotechnics, spectacular displays of colour and one of the most thrilling events in all of sport. And the exuberance…

Ryder Cup 2016: European rookies ramp up the exuberance

The closing stages of the biennial US-Europe showdown have long been the occasion for outrageous pyrotechnics, spectacular displays of colour and one of the most thrilling events in all of sport.

And the exuberance didn’t stop even after Europe reclaimed the cup.

As Europe’s rookies were asked to toast the home team and their narrow escape in the penultimate round of singles on Sunday, eagle after eagle was unleashed.

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Thomas Pieters eagled the 10th hole after one of the most brutal traps in sport had forced Sergio García to a fruitless scramble, and he would have made a hole-in-one had not his tee shot on the par-three 11th stopped just short of the green. It took two putts to get it home. Another of the day’s sensational shots was found by Lee Westwood at the 11th. The Englishman’s second shot stayed within 20 feet of the pin, leaving himself with a simple one to take three.

Andy Sullivan holed a stunning downhill eagle putt from the fringe at the 17th to take a 4 and 3 lead and cap a brilliant three days’ work by the Englishman.

In the final singles, Padraig Harrington beat Jordan Spieth and Westwood beat Justin Rose before Patrick Reed secured the cup for the US with a 9 and 7 victory over Justin Rose.

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