Phil Mickelson had reason to jump for joy — his half-point Sunday was critical to the U.S. effort.
The eight-year wait is over – the Ryder Cup is once again back in the hands of the United States, after a 17-11 win on Sunday at Hazeltine. The excitement died down toward the end of the day as the Americans began quickly flipping matches to their side, leaving the Europeans few outs to try and retain the Cup.
While the celebration will be a raucous one, the real litmus test for the United States in this event will come in two years when the 42nd Ryder Cup matches take place at Le Golf National in France in 2018. The United States hasn’t won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since The Belfry in 1993 – that’s a full quarter-century. Still, it’s time to enjoy this win and look back at the Cup-clinching day: