Americans take the greatest lead against Europe in the Ryder Cup | Professional golf


Dustin Johnson from Team USA and Collin Morikawa from Team USA celebrate on 15.

Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press


HAVEN – The Ryder Cup pressure and drama finally arrived on Saturday with one big difference. The tension was whether Europe could try to make a game out of it.

The Americans held their own in the final hour as Dustin Johnson completed a perfect week of team play and Scottie Scheffler delivered the biggest putt of his young career.

That put them 11-5 ahead, their biggest ever against Europe and their biggest in the Ryder Cup since 1975.

No one has come back more than four points behind in the history of the Ryder Cup. This is the order for Europe that has not yet won a session in Whistling Straits.

The Europeans gave it a try, scooping up another big win from Jon Rahm and a clutch moment from Shane Lowry, who putted a 10-foot putt on the 18th green and pumped his arms so furiously in celebration that he ended up puttering his putter dropped to the floor.

So much was at stake. So little was gained.

“We are not in a good position and it will take a monumental effort,” said Ian Poulter, who has not taken a point in two games. “So we need some miracles.”

“We’re fighting out there as hard as we can,” said Lowry.

The Americans beat Europe four more times on Saturday morning – a third 3-1 lead in a row – to build a 9-3 lead. And while Europe was ahead in three of the four-balls in the afternoon, Scheffler’s 15-foot birdie putt carried on the 15th.


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