Ryder Cup 2023 LIVE: Day 3 scores and updates as McIlroy helps Europe hold off USA comeback to secure victory

Europe have won the Ryder Cup after holding off a late fightback to defeat USA 16.5-11.5 on a dramatic final day of singles at Marco Simone.

The Europeans were led from the front by an inspired Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy, who put captain Luke Donald’s side on the verge of victory.

But the Americans showed fight and character with the middle of the leaderboard turning into a sea of red, forcing Europe to hold their nerve and close it out.

After Max Homa denied Matt Fitzpatrick, who missed a putt to clinch the cup, the winning half-point was secured by Tommy Fleetwood down the stretch, getting Europe past the magic 14.5 mark with his victory over Rickie Fowler. And the final match was left to Shane Lowry and Jordan Spieth, with the American snatching a half surrounded by chaos on the 18th as joyous European fans started the party in Rome.

Follow all the reaction and latest updates from Rome as Europe win the Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup 2023 - Sunday singles

  • Europe regain Ryder Cup with 16½-11½ victory of USA

  • Match 1: Jon Rahm ties with Scottie Scheffler

  • Match 2: Viktor Hovland beats Collin Morikawa 4&3

  • Match 3: Patrick Cantlay beats Justin Rose 2&1

  • Match 4: Rory McIlroy beats Sam Burns 3&1

  • Match 5: Max Homa beats Matt Fitzpatrick 1UP

  • Match 6: Tyrrell Hatton beats Brian Harman 3&2

  • Match 7: Brooks Koepka beats Ludvig Aberg 3&2

  • Match 8: Justin Thomas beats Sepp Straka 2UP

  • Match 9: Xander Schauffele beats Nicolai Hojgaard 3&2

  • Match 10: Shane Lowry ties with Jordan Spieth

  • Match 11: Tommy Fleetwood beats Rickie Fowler 3&1

  • Match 12: Robert MacIntyre beats Wyndham Clark 2&1

  • Rory McIlroy, Europe’s rockstar, finally has his Ryder Cup ‘redemption’

Europe win fiery Ryder Cup over USA after Tommy Fleetwood seals triumph

16:37 , Ben Fleming

Europe won this raucous Ryder Cup in Rome, but only just. Fired up by clashes between the two teams on Saturday night, USA came out battling in the Sunday singles and almost pulled off a miracle at Marco Simone. Match after match turned red on the board but Europe held back the sea, and it was left to one of the most popular members of the team, Tommy Fleetwood, to finish the job in an understated moment on the 16th green.

Shane Lowry’s tied match with Jordan Spieth was the final act on the 18th green, but by then the European party had already started and Lowry just wanted to join in. It finished 16½ - 11½, but that score did not tell the story of a nervy day. “At one stage it was looking dodgy,” Lowry admitted, “but I had faith in the boys to get it done.”

This was a ferocious and often emotional three-day battle which ended with tears on both sides, but it was really won on the first morning. The scores from Friday afternoon onwards were almost dead level, but that 4-0 whitewash in the opening foursomes gave USA an almost impossible hill to climb. The postmortem will be revealing, but it seemed like Europe were more united and better prepared, and it gave them a winning platform.

Read the full report as Europe regained the Ryder Cup:

Europe win fiery Ryder Cup over USA after Tommy Fleetwood seals triumph

Rory McIlroy, Europe’s rockstar, finally has his Ryder Cup ‘redemption’

20:18 , Jack Rathborn

“35 years of overachievement, it’s unbelievable,” Rory McIlroy said with a smirk and a shrug in a quiet corner behind the 18th green at Marco Simone Golf Club. “It just keeps happening.”

It was a reference to Europe’s recent Ryder Cup dominance in team golf, with Sunday’s dominant victory over the USA the 10th in the last 14 editions. McIlroy was bouncing towards the trophy presentation. A stark difference from his demeanour following Whistling Straits two years ago. Then, there were tears, despite victory over Xander Schauffele in the singles, as the USA completed a crushing victory.

“I just can’t wait to get another shot at this,” he remarked at the time. And true to his word, the Northern Irishman and Europe stormed out the gates in each session, securing “redemption” in the process.

Rory McIlroy, Europe’s rockstar, finally has his Ryder Cup ‘redemption’

That’s all for now

19:04 , Ben Fleming

An unforgettable week ends in victory for Europe in front of their own fans!

From Viktor Hovland’s chip-in on the very first hole to Tommy Fleetwood’s winning putt on Sunday, it was three days full of drama, excitement and golfing brilliance.

Golf at its best.

The countdown begins to Bethpage in 2025. Can Europe win it in America for the first time since 2012? Only time will tell...

Thanks for tuning in throughout the week - until next time!

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Ryder Cup stars urge ‘phenomenal’ Luke Donald to stay on as European captain

20:59 , Lawrence Ostlere

Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup stars have urged Luke Donald to remain as captain when they defend the trophy on American soil in 2025.

While Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher led the side on multiple occasions, it has been common practice since 1997 for the captain to only get one bite of the cherry, even if they spearheaded record victories.

However, Donald’s players made it clear they would like the former world No 1 to break the mould as they chanted “two more years” while he gave a television interview in the aftermath of the five-point victory in Rome.

“I think everyone sitting here would be very happy to have him again,” Rory McIlroy said in the winning team’s press conference.

Tommy Fleetwood, who secured the winning point, added: “Luke is amazing, we are all so proud of him.

“From when this whole process started, he’s been so, so good. The way he’s been this week has been phenomenal. We just look at Luke on another level. He’s been amazing and I’m so happy that we could all get it done for him.”

Ryder Cup stars urge ‘phenomenal’ Luke Donald to stay on as European captain

It could be a long night for Team Europe

18:40 , Ben Fleming

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The final day in pictures as Europe win the Ryder Cup

18:39 , Ben Fleming

A look at some of the best photos from today’s momentous day:

The final day in pictures as Europe win the Ryder Cup

The winning moments

18:32 , Ben Fleming

It got a bit dicey towards the end but the Ryder Cup eventually was won by a moment of magic from Fleetwood on the 16th hole. A beautiful drive set up this eagle putt which confirmed that Europe would reach the magic 14½ points needed to regain the trophy.

Here’s that moment:

European captain Luke Donald emotional after ‘stressful’ Ryder Cup win

18:27 , Ben Fleming

Emotional European captain Luke Donald reflected on a “stressful” afternoon after his team got over the line to regain the Ryder Cup.

Europe held off a spirited display from the United States in Sunday’s singles to clinch a memorable 16.5-11.5 triumph in Rome.

Tommy Fleetwood’s 3&1 win over Rickie Fowler ultimately sealed victory, one which had looked likely since Europe’s 4-0 whitewash in the foursomes on Friday morning.

Donald said: “Pretty emotional. It’s been a long process, it’s been an amazing journey and I enjoyed this one. It was stressful. The US put up a fight today and hats off to them. Unbelievable, but I’m so proud of my 12 guys.”

Read more of the captain’s thoughts below:

European captain Luke Donald emotional after ‘stressful’ Ryder Cup win

Europe complete the double

18:24 , Ben Fleming

With victory in the Ryder Cup, Europe have completed the double having retained the Solheim Cup the week prior.

Add to that victories in both junior editions of the tournament and it’s been a fantastic few weeks for the sport in this continent.

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Legendary Luke

18:19 , Ben Fleming

Five Ryder Cups. Four as a player. One as a captain.

Still yet to lose.

Luke Donald further cements his Ryder Cup legacy. One of the greats.

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Rory McIlroy reveals ‘disgraceful’ US antics inspired Europe’s Ryder Cup victory

18:16 , Ben Fleming

An emotional Rory McIlroy said a heated argument with an American caddie in the car park of Marco Simeone inspired his career-best display to help Europe regain the Ryder Cup in Rome.

McIlroy revealed the furious scenes at the end of the second day’s play left him “the angriest I’ve ever been” in his career after the Northern Irishman had to be held back by teammate Shane Lowry amid an exchange with US caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay.

But McIlroy said the argument lit a fire in his belly as he came out to beat Sam Burns in the singles and claim his fourth victory of the week, helping set the platform for Europe to claim a victory over the USA.

Ready McIlroy’s thoughts below:

Rory McIlroy reveals ‘disgraceful’ US antics inspired Europe’s Ryder Cup victory

Captain Donald on their fast starts

18:11 , Ben Fleming

Plenty was made of Europe’s fast starts in their matches this week and there are plenty of jokes about it in the press conference.

"It's called playing for 100 bucks in practice. Rory still hasn't paid me,” Rose quips.

"Rory never pays,” Hatton adds.

"I didn't win the FedEx Cup this year, that's why,” McIlroy replies.

A slightly more serious response from Luke Donald: "We knew getting off to a fast start was important. The guys were ready. They had a clear plan of what to do on the first. It wasn't really a strategy thing, it was similar to the last three Italian Opens where the fairways pinched in a bit from the left. We, as a team, we talked about it. Mentally they were ready for it."

Straka on the moment he found out Europe won the Ryder Cup

18:09 , Ben Fleming

“The feeling was pure joy [when he found out about Fleetwood’s winning putt]. It did rob me of my moment, a chance of my moment but I was ecstatic. It was pure joy.”

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Jon Rahm on the secrets to Europe’s success

18:04 , Ben Fleming

“I don’t have as much experience in Ryder Cups, but the others nailed it - the ability to walk through those doors, forget about who you are, outside this week, before and afterwards doesn’t matter.

“The Spanish legacy to live up to, the three figures - Seve, Ole and Sergio - inspires me. When Jose [Maria Olazabal] is around, he tells me little things to inspire me. Following in their footsteps, to make the team better.

“In the team room. Rory said it best - we can go in there and make fun of each other, we laugh. It’s a humbling experience to be part of this team.

Rory on what’s next for this team

17:59 , Ben Fleming

"I said this for six or seven years, one of the biggest accomplishments in golf is winning an away Ryder Cup and that's what we'll do at Bethpage in 2025."

More from McIlroy on the team’s redemption after 2021

17:58 , Ben Fleming

"The scoreline, 19-9, that hurt, it really did. I didn't give my best performance for the team. There were a few of us on that team that wanted to come back. Revenge? This wasn't about revenge, this was about redemption.

“This has been a process, a plan in place, we have known months in advance the gameplan and how to execute. Then it comes down to getting on the course and being themselves. This is the result. It's amazing.

“Luckily I've been part of a few and being part of a losing Ryder Cup team sucks. I'm happier being part of this one than two years ago."

Justin Rose on the key to winning

17:56 , Ben Fleming

“When you give people clarity you can sink your teeth into it. But being reactive, you're hoping for things to change. When there's a plan, it's just about execution. Something I say to my caddie is if there is good information, there's a good chance I'll hit a good shot. It kept us calm. It came down to execution.

“These lads are pretty good golfers. The statistics only mean something if players keep to their level. Then planning can mean something."

Shane Lowry on the final hours of Sunday’s play

17:51 , Ben Fleming

"I couldn't believe what was on the board. The last two hours were two of the most stressful hours of golf I've ever had. I was playing good golf, Jordan [Spieth] played pretty good. I fought hard, once I did that, I knew I'd be OK.

“The scenes on 18. I knew Tommy was one up playing 16, I saw Rickie hit it in the water, I thought if I could birdie 17 I'd have a putt to win the Ryder Cup. Selfishly I thought, I'd have a putt to win the Ryder Cup, this will be amazing. Thankfully Tommy did it before me.

“On 18, I hit my drive but I didn't care where it went. I tried to win my point, but whatever, I didn't really care, as long as we win."

Rory on why the Ryder Cup gets more emotional the more you play in it

17:48 , Ben Fleming

“Because you realise how bad it feels when you lose them as time goes by. This is my seventh Ryder Cup, will I play in another seven, I don’t know. I’m on the back nine of my Ryder Cup career and every one is really meaningful.

“Sharing the week, the course, with these guys - Fitzpatrick and Tommy [Fleetwood] as my partners this week and everything we do as a team. It all started a year ago when Luke did that practice trip - everybody agreed; we sat around the fire pit and got to know each other really well.

“I got to know something different to them. It galvanised us as a team. It’s becoming so meaningful, I don’t have so many left. To see Ludvig [Aberg] - a stud - and I wish I was in his position again, looking forward to playing in 20 Ryder Cups. The rookies, they’ve been amazing.”

Rory McIlroy on the incident outside the clubhouse

17:44 , Jack Rathborn

“I texted Bones this morning, he was the first American I saw outside the locker room, I texted and apologised. I was angry. I didn’t agree with what happened on 18. I let it fuel the fire today. It focused me and I went out and got the point. Joe wasn’t there.

“Relieved [Shane Lowry bundled me into the car], then he took me down to the cold plunge at the hotel to cool down too. I’m very relieved. We talked about it as a team, we felt it was disrespectful, to the whole team, we get the banter when we go to the States and play. It’s the way the Ryder Cup goes, you have to have thick skin.

“We’ve texted. Everything will be fine. It’s a point of contention, it still hurts. But time’s a healer.”

Where to go for the US?

17:44 , Ben Fleming

There will be an enquiry into this defeat for America who looked a far cry from the team who romped to a record victory just two years ago.

Some of the captain’s picks didn’t deliver, there were rumours of a fractured dressing room and they were completely blown away over the first two days, especially in the foursomes.

They will be huge favourites in Bethpage in 2025, that is for sure, but they appear no closer to solving the riddle of an away Ryder Cup victory. A reminder that they haven’t done so since 1993...

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Rory McIlroy speaking to Sky Sports

17:29 , Ben Fleming

“An incredible day, incredible week. I am so proud to be part of this team with all these guys, the captains and vice-captains.

“We were hurting after Whistling Straits and the players on that team that came here wanted to redeem ourselves and prove to the world that is not who we are. We delivered a great performance.”

“There was a bit of fresh blood came in and they were embraced. We know the future of this team is Bob MacIntrye, Ludvig Aberg and Nicolai Hojgaard. Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm are going to be leaders of the team for a long time so it was a bit of a changing of the guard this year but the new guys were embraced by the group that were here already.

“There was one eye on this week but also one on the future of this team and I just hope I can play a few more alongside them.

“I don’t get emotional about any other event apart from this. It is without doubt the best event in golf bar none. I said this last time but any little boy or golf that is aspiring to play golf - this is the pinnacle. This is what you want to get to. This is pure competition and the best. I hope that any great golfer gets to experience what we’re experiencing right now.”

Bob MacIntyre, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live earlier

17:25 , Ben Fleming

“It was nerve-wracking. I trusted myself and the guys around me. Those finishing holes are tough so just about trying to get your point and see what happens. Thankfully we finished it off.

“It’s incredible. This is a completely different team from a few years ago. The top guys are absolutely solid and stalwarts on the PGA Tour. For me being in that team with these guys, I have learned so much. I am never going to forget this for the rest of my life.”

Individual records

17:23 , Ben Fleming

Rory McIlroy and Max Homa end up with the most points for their respective teams. Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton and Robert MacIntyre were the only three players to unbeaten this week, with the Scot finishing as the top European rookie.

Some very disappointing returns from several of the US players. Rickie Fowler is the only person to not pick up a point but just one point each for Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele which is quite the surprise.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulates Tommy Fleetwood and Team Europe

17:14 , Ben Fleming

Your 2023 Ryder Cup winners

17:13 , Ben Fleming

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More from Luke Donald speaking at the trophy ceremony

17:10 , Ben Fleming

“First of all, I want to congratulate the US - 12 superstar golfers. It was a pleasure to play against you and compete this week. We have twelve legends, twelve gladiators and I couldn’t have been prouder to be their captain. This is an unbelieavable feeling. We new this wasn’t going to be easy after Whistling Straits but we came together and we won back the cup.

“When you have 12 golfers like this that are willing to go on this journey with me and enjoy this experience and understand what the Ryder Cup truly means to us, it’s a powerful. I was able to create an environment for them to suceed but these guys come Friday had to hit the shots and I’ll be forever grateful for them.”

On the fans: “You guys have been amazing. You got us going this week when we needed to be picked up so thank you for your energy and for your passion and what a place to do it here in Rome.”

Trophy ceremony under way

17:04 , Ben Fleming

The players shake hands as Europe take their place alongside the trophy. They break out into cries of “two more years,” as captain Luke Donald begins to make his winning speech.

I’ve heard worse ideas...

Jon Rahm speaking to Sky Sports

17:01 , Ben Fleming

“Two years ago we had a bad defeat, never really had a chance. We then had the pressure of a home Ryder Cup and not losing here for 30 years. We felt the pressure so to come out with the victory after struggling was special. The most special one for me so far.

“Every player won a point. It is not easy being a rookie but those players showed why they deserved to be here. The future is bright. We have proved the talent is there.”

On Luke Donald: “He has done an unbelievable job as captain. He is a great man for the job and will be difficult to live up to. He set the bar very high.”

Justin Rose speaking to Sky Sports

16:55 , Ben Fleming

“The highs and lows of winning the Ryder Cup are so far away from each other. You win, you feel like a hero, you lose, you feel like zero. To win, and celebrate with this group of guys that bonded so hard it has been a collective team effort.

“We came here two weeks ago and we had an opera singer on the tee which gave us goosebumps. We played at Wentworth as individuals but it felt like you had 11 brothers already.

We were unbeatable in teamplay. We came out strong, we never looked back; they threw everything at us but it wasn’t enough this time around. We never underestimated them - they are all studs in their own right but the culture of this time is incredible.”

Let the celebrations begin...

16:50 , Ben Fleming

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Team USA captain Zach Johnson speaking to Sky Sports

16:47 , Ben Fleming

“It’s still pretty fresh, pretty raw. If I have any reflection right now it’s that you take your hat off, tip your cap - to Team Europe and Luke [Donald]. They played great and they earned it. Very impressive.

“We got outplayed, but we showed grit, we showed heart and then it got interesting there. We had some momentum coming into the day and even some during the day. I’m proud of my guys - they’ve got so much heart and grit.

“It’s not them. It’s on me. I maybe made some poor decisions and I’ll reflect at some point. But it’s not about those 12 guys. I’m grateful for each and every one of them.

“My competitive juices are flowing too much to function right now. I’ll reflect on it and Team USA will be better off at some point. We will use this as motivation. You put so much time and energy into this and the process and journey is what is special, along with the people around it - my family, the team, the PGA of America and the fans. They’re the fuel for the engine.

“The Ryder Cup is for golfing people. I’m not sure honour is the right word - it’s more than that. We’ll analyse it. I’m not making excuses. Europe outplayed us.”

Shane Lowry speaking to Sky Sports after victory

16:42 , Ben Fleming

“I thanked Luke [Donald] on the back of the 18th green before I hit my putt for putting his trust in me. This is a dream come true for me. This is something I’ve always wanted to achieve in this game.

“The last two hours were the most stressful of my life. I could see it wasn’t going well for us. But I’m so proud of my team. There are 12 players but there are also 12 caddies vice-captains and the backroom staff.

“It’s been the greatest week of my life.”

Tommy Fleetwood speaking to Sky Sports

16:33 , Ben Fleming

“I didn’t want it to come down to one of us at the end. I can’t wait to see the rest of the guys, the captain, the vice captains, our wives, our families and the staff. I’m so happy to play a part in it. It’s been a bit bigger than I thought it would be when I saw the draw.

“I’m so proud. We have an amazing group of people, we always do. This year has been very different and the landscape has changed for Team Europe but I couldn’t wish for a better bunch of people to do with this.

“We are one gigantic family and the bonds you make last a lifetime. This is just so cool.”

On European captain Luke Donald: “Luke is amazing. We’re all so proud of him. From when the process started he has been so good. We look at Luke on another level. I’m so happy we could get it done for him.”

Lowry and Spieth match tied on the last

16:30 , Ben Fleming

Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth - match tied

Lowry’s putt for birdie just goes by and Spieth wins the final hole to secure a tie between these two. I’m not sure Lowry cared one bit if he won that final hole.

The celebrations can begin properly now - the final score: 16½-11½ to Europe.

MacIntyre gets his win to extend Europe winning margin

16:26 , Ben Fleming

Robert MacIntyre beats Wyndham Clark 2&1

MacIntyre wraps it up on the very next hole as Clark is unable to make a birdie on the par-three 16th. What a win for the Scot - who didn’t lose a match all week - and his point against the US Open champion delivers yet another point for Europe.

More points than World No.1 Scottie Scheffler for the rookie Scot. Not bad...

A tearful European captain Luke Donald speaking to Sky Sports

16:23 , Ben Fleming

“I am pretty emotional. It’s been a long process, an amazing journey and I have really enjoyed this one. It was stressful as the US put up a fight today so hats off to them. But I am so proud of my 12 guys. We formed a bond from day one and they gave me everything. They trusted me and they delivered.

“We started off great, which was what we needed. Then a few matches changed to red. We kept looking at the board and thinking: ‘Where will we find 14 and a half points?’

“But we always had some guys at the back that looked good so it’s not going to be quite as close as I thought it might be.”

MacIntyre extends lead as Clark finds the water

16:21 , Ben Fleming

2UP Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark (16)

In water twice for the US Open champion and MacIntyre ensures he will remain unbeaten in the Ryder Cup this year. At least a half point for the Scot but he’ll want to end with a win.

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone

16:19 , Ben Fleming

Rory McIlroy is full song on the 18th., happy to join in as a run of “Patrick, where’s your hat?” begins.

Hovland then greets McIlroy, lifting the Irishman clean off his heels. Fleetwood then appears on the big screen and McIlroy shouts out: “Go on Tommy lad.”


16:16 , Ben Fleming

Tommy Fleetwood beats Rickie Fowler 3&1

And now it is official. Fowler can’t find a birdie on the par-three 17th and the hole is conceded.

Fleetwood is the man to get Europe over the line and what a moment for the Englishman who had such a crushing few days at the Open a few months ago.

The Ryder Cup is staying in Europe!

MacIntyre edges ahead

16:13 , Ben Fleming

1UP Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark (15)

Some magic from the Scot to bounce back after those two lost holes. His chip nips, bounces and stops just shy of the hole and he’s back in the lead as Clark can’t make his putt from 8 feet.

Lowry steals lead with birdie on 17

16:12 , Ben Fleming

1UP Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth (17)

Shane Lowry! Marvellous from the Irishman to dramatically win the 17th. Both went left off the tee but it’s Lowry who is able to get up and down and make the birdie as he wheels away in celebration!

He has a chance now to get Europe over the line - it’s a race between him and Fleetwood.

Thomas holds on for another US win

16:10 , Ben Fleming

Justin Thomas beats Sepp Straka 2UP

Straka can’t quite manage to get up and down to make the birdie and he concedes the hole to Thomas. A sterling performance from Thomas in the end to justify his selection.


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2UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (16)

Fleetwood nurses the ball down the slope and Fowler concedes the birdie putt. The American was out of the hole having found the water and that means EUROPE WILL WIN THE RYDER CUP!

The match isn’t over but Fleetwood is guaranteed a half point which will guarantee Europe reach the magic 14.5 mark.

Shot of the day from Fleetwood

16:03 , Ben Fleming

1UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (15)

And finally, Europe may be able to breathe.

Fowler lines up his drive into the short par four but it’s way right and into the water. In response, it’s a simply divine drive from Fleetwood which ends up on the green.

Should he two-putt from there, he would go two up with two to play, securing the vital half point for Europe.

Short-game magic from Lowry

16:00 , Ben Fleming

Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth A/S (16)

A huge moment a couple of holes back as Lowry produces a moment of Ryder Cup magic from the bunker on 16. It releases onto the green and runs up to within kick-in range.

Spieth, meanwhile, is in an awful spot and makes a real mess out of his shot from the rough. The ball stays in the thick stuff and he’s unable to hole out at the second time of asking to half the hole.

All square in this one and a chance for Europe to find that half point.

Advantage Straka down the last

15:59 , Ben Fleming

Sepp Straka v Justin Thomas 1UP (17)

The Austrian booms one down the last and the pressure tells as Thomas finds himself in the bunker with his drive. Some big moments coming up for the Ryder Cup rookie.

The contact is good but it just leaks out to the right and into the greenside bunker. That’s not a bad miss.

Thomas can only lay up from the sand.

Final match all square

15:56 , Ben Fleming

Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark A/S (14)

Goodness me now it really is getting nervy. MacIntyre misses a tiddler to half the hole and his two-hole lead has evaporated in a matter of holes. The Scot must compose himself, here.

Fleetwood misses birdie effort

15:54 , Ben Fleming

1UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (15)

A huge chance goes begging for Fleetwood after he fails to take advantage of a superb iron shot and leaves his birdie effort short.

Fowler saves his par and the lead stays at just one.

Schauffele moves US into double digits

15:51 , Ben Fleming

Xander Schauffele beats Nicolai Hojgaard 3&2

Hojgaard can’t get up and down for his par at the 16th and match nine has run its course. A good comeback from Schauffele to get his first point of the week.

The US now trail by just four. They couldn’t? Could they...

Straka-Thomas heads up the last

15:49 , Ben Fleming

Sepp Straka v Justin Thomas 1UP (17)

Onto the 17th and it’s advantage US as Thomas’s ball just clings on to the left edge of the green. Straka coaxes his birdie putt down for par from over 30 feet but Thomas has a putt for the match.

It’s a great effort but just misses on the right side! Up the last they had. Can Straka get the magic half point this time?

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Homa, Burns, Morikawa and Scheffler watched Thomas on that birdie putt to win the match against Straka. JT can’t make it and the quarter are frozen, meanwhile Fitzpatrick and Aberg leap up off the ground, renewed hope for the Austrian as we head to the 17th.

“A second chance for Europe to pinch that crucial half point at the last from one down.”

Huge put from Spieth to take lead

15:46 , Ben Fleming

Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth 1UP (15)

Wow. How many twists and turns do you want? Spieth dropped back to all square on 14 but pours in a birdie on the very next hole to get back ahead again.

America leading in the next four matches with Europe only up by one in the final two.

Anyone’s palms sweaty?

Huge chip-in eagle for Straka

15:41 , Ben Fleming

Sepp Straka v Justin Thomas 1UP (16)

A moment of brilliance out of nowhere for Straka at the short par-four. Straka from the rough gets his ball running towards the hole and it’s only going one place.

In for the eagle and the Austrian cuts his match back to just one. Two holes remaining in that one - can he be the one to get Europe over the line?

Could Lowry be the hero?

15:38 , Ben Fleming

Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth A/S (14)

How Lowry would love to have the opportunity to hit the winning putt. He’s now back to all square in his match with Spieth and perhaps the person best placed to get the final half point for Europe.

Schauffele goes two up

15:37 , Ben Fleming

Nicolai Hojgaard v Xander Schauffele 2UP (15)

Schauffele doffs his imaginary cap to the crowd as he pours in another putt on the 15th to re-establish his two-shot lead over Hojgaard. Just three holes remaining in that one.

MacIntyre misses golden opportunity

15:35 , Ben Fleming

2UP Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark (12)

A big miss from MacIntyre who had the chance to go three up and put that final match in a commanding position for Europe.

Koepka wraps up victory against Aberg

15:34 , Ben Fleming

Brooks Koepka beats Ludvig Aberg 3&2

This match has been decided for quite some time as the five-time Major champion gets his point for the US against Aberg.

The rookie started well this week but has perhaps run out of steam, understandably, after what must have been a whirlwind few weeks for the 23-year-old

Homa keeps US alive

15:32 , Ben Fleming

Max Homa beats Matt Fitzpatrick 1UP

Fitzpatrick then, from around 15 feet to win the Ryder Cup but he pushes it wide! The chance goes begging but the US aren’t out of it yet.

Homa needs to hole this to keep the Ryder Cup alive for the US.

Up he steps, putter behind the ball...and in it goes. What a massive putt from the American’s star man this week!

Fitzpatrick had his moment but the wait for Europe goes on...

Pivotal moments on 18

15:29 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (17)

What a pivotal moment that could be. Homa now with his fourth from the greenside and he has to get it up and down to secure the half.

It’s a lovely touch and he will have around 8 feet for the par. Fitzpatrick will have a putt to secure the half and win the Ryder Cup, though.

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (17)

15:27 , Ben Fleming

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Drama on 18 as Homa is forced to take a drop after some horrid luck with the lie. Fitzpatrick is already within range to make a four. The American is poised to take his fourth near the bunker.”

Huge moments coming up at 18

15:21 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (17)

Both Homa and Fitzpatrick go right with their second shots in the par five. The two found water on the 16th and clearly wanted to avoid doing so again on the last.

Some massive chips coming up. If Fitzpatrick can rescue a half point, Europe will regain the Ryder Cup.

Up the last they go

15:20 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (17)

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Fitzpatrick wallops it 30 yards past Homa on 18, searching for a half to clinch this. His brother, Alex, whipping up support for him as he strides down the hill. Homa, 297 yards, right to left, going first might be preferable to slam the door on this match.”

Fleetwood extends lead over Fowler

15:19 , Ben Fleming

2UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (12)

Fleetwood with a massive birdie on the par-five 12th after Fowler finds trouble in the bunker. Europe now 2up in both those final two matches.

Nightmare miss for Clark doubles MacIntyre’s lead

15:17 , Ben Fleming

2UP Robert MacIntyre v Wyndham Clark (11)

A huge moment in the anchor match as Clark races a small putt past the hole and MacIntyre has a two-hole lead once more.

Europe up to 14 points

15:13 , Ben Fleming

Tyrrell Hatton beats 3&2 Brian Harman

A touch of brilliance from Hatton at just the right time as his bunker shot on the 16th rolls out to kick-in range. Harman is in the same bunker that Rose was in but unlike the Englishman, the Open champion can’t get up and down to keep the match going.

Hatton lets out a roar as he gets a crucial win to putt Europe on the brink. Just a half point needed for Europe now.

Match five heads up the last

15:13 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (17)

Two good looks at birdie for both. Fitzpatrick rolls his past and Homas has one for the match now...he misses too.

Up the last this one goes. Can Fitzpatrick summon a vital half?

Fleetwood and MacIntyre leads just one

15:09 , Ben Fleming

Both Fowler and Clark roll in putts on the 11th and 10th respectively to cut their deficits to just one against Fleetwood and MacIntyre.

With a sea of red in the middle matches, it may end up coming down to those final matches.

Harman cuts lead to two

15:08 , Ben Fleming

2UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (15)

The American rolls in a putt on the 15th and he has one back late on. You think he has to get something out of that match if the US are going to pull off something truly miraculous.

Huge miss from Homa

15:06 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (16)

From the drop zone, Homas has a huge advantage as he nips his chip in close. But the American fails to take advantage to take a 2-hole lead and on they go.

Rory McIlroy beats Sam Burns 3&1

15:04 , Ben Fleming

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Some late drama in McIlroty v Burns after a missed chance on 16, but the match concludes on 17, 3&1, leaping for joy and flanked by Netflix Full Swing cameras.

“Fitzpatrick bounds up to the 17th, down one, but sniffing a half that would give Europe that vital breathing room.”

McIlroy puts Europe on the brink

15:02 , Ben Fleming

Rory McIlroy beats Sam Burns 3&1

He’s done it! Burns is out of position off the tee and McIlroy sticks it close in reply. The American can’t chip in from the rough and he’s seen enough. A vital win for Europe with quite a bit of red on the board behind him.

Europe up to 13 points now and just 1.5 points needed now.

Water and more water

14:59 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (15)

That is not Max Homa’s finest moment of the week. Fitzpatrick goes way right and into the water on 16 but Homa follows him in there and they both head to the drop zone.

Cantlay secures first US win of the day

14:58 , Ben Fleming

Patrick Cantlay beats Justin Rose 2&1

It’s a valiant battle from Rose but it comes to an end on the 17th. Rose’s birdie effort just comes up short and Cantlay, in reply, pours in his birdie putt to secure the 2&1 victory.

A great match, a gutsy performance from Rose but it’s the American who prevails.

Burns pulls one back

14:54 , Ben Fleming

2UP Rory McIlroy v Sam Burns (16)

McIlroy’s chip out of the left rough doesn’t release quite as much as he would have liked. He still has a putt to wrap up the match but it’s just pushed right off the hole.

This match continues...

Fleetwood doubles lead in penultimate match

14:52 , Ben Fleming

2UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (10)

A gem of an iron into the tenth green leaves Fleetwood with just over 8 feet for his birdie. No mistake from Fleetwood and that’s a healthier-looking lead for Europe in the penultimate match.

3UP Rory McIlroy v Sam Burns (15)

14:47 , Ben Fleming

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Burns cracks the driver on 16, sweetly struck but then turns to the big screen and slumps after watching his call trickle back down the bank.

“McIlroy only needs three wood and poses elegantly after a superb tee shot. That should be enough to close this one out, save a chip in from Burns.”

Rose halves hole with huge birdie

14:44 , Ben Fleming

Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 1UP (16)

Rose is right off the tee and in the bunker and is under more pressure as Cantlay finds the driveable par four in one. He nestles his up to the hole and Rose will need a birdie.

From the sand, he leaves himself around 19 feet for the birdie...and he makes it! Remarkable from Rose as the putter runs hot at just the right time.

He’s still in this.

McIlroy birdies to protect lead

14:39 , Ben Fleming

3UP Rory McIlroy v Sam Burns (15)

Burns has bounced back from his poor start to this tournament and is making McIlroy see this match out after he makes birdie at the 15th.

Rory is in close and his birdie putt holds on to remain three ahead! The first signs of emotion from Rory as he fists bumps at the crowd. Just one hole from victory now for the World No.2.

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

Huge roar on 15 followed by a a cry of “ole, ole, ole.” Rory delivers another birdie, it’s dormie! Burns did so well to hole his putt, but McIlroy has whipped up the European fans into a hysteria.

Fleetwood holes out

14:36 , Ben Fleming

1UP Tommy Fleetwood v Rickie Fowler (9)

What a bunker shot from Fleetwood and what a timely birdie for Europe. Blue on the board in the final two matches as the Englishman takes a lead against Fowler ahead of the back nine.

Hatton further extends lead

14:35 , Ben Fleming

3UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (13)

A big putt down the slop from Hatton as he moves three clear against Brian Harman after 13 holes. That match is right here Europe wants it.

Rose back within one

14:31 , Ben Fleming

Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 1UP (15)

Justin Rose just doesn’t know when to give up. What a bounce-back birdie from the Englishman who pours in a 12-footer and celebrates wildly.

This one is going right down to the wire.

Rahm rescues half on the last

14:29 , Ben Fleming

Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler - match tied

So here we have it. Scheffler takes the oin out as he looks to attack the hole.

He needs to hole out for the win...but he can’t manage it!

Rahm does it again, rescueing yet another half point on the 18th hole. With Europe wobbling that could be massive!

Scheffler in trouble on the last

14:27 , Ben Fleming

Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler 1UP (17)

Drama on the 18th. Scheffler is right of the green in two with the ball in the rough but the American catches a flyer out of the rough and it flies through the back of the green and just about clings onto the rough with water lurking.

Rahm is on the green in two after two monstrous and will just want to lag this put down towards the hole from right across the green....perfectly done by the Spaniard and that will be conceded.

Scheffler needs to chip in now to win this match.

Hatton missed great chance

14:24 , Ben Fleming

2UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (12)

And now it’s Hatton who is looking nervy with the flat stick! Almost a kick-in putt but Hatton pushes it right of the hole and passes up on the opportunity to move three ahead.

A lifeline for Harman...

Homa misses golden opportunity

14:21 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (13)

A really good couple of chances for Fitzpatrick on the last two holes but he can’t take advantage of either. Homa is in close on the 13th, too, but he misses his short-range look at a birdie to move two clear. That is a bad miss.

It’s getting nervy out there!

Cantlay extends lead

14:19 , Ben Fleming

Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 2UP (14)

Ah, that’s a mistake from Rose, who makes a meal out of the 14th and is scrambling for his par. Cantlay almost converts a monster putt from long range but he wins the whole, regardless, as Rose fails to make par.

The American is two up with four to play.

Viktor Hovland speaking after his 4&3 victory over Collin Morikawa

14:17 , Ben Fleming

“I didn’t give Collin a whole lot, to be honest, actually played some of my best golf.

It looked really good early on, things move around. There’s too much red on there for my liking, but I have faith in the guys.”

Burns pulls one back

14:17 , Ben Fleming

3UP Rory McIlroy v Sam Burns (13)

Sam Burns is still hanging around in this fourth match as the American finds a birdie at the par-five 13th to move within three of McIlroy who had a good chance himself for the birdie.

Scheffler leads up the last

14:12 , Ben Fleming

Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler 1UP (17)

Rahm can’t convert his outside look at birdie on the 17th Scheffler has a putt for the win...just misses on the right. Down the last we go - can Rahm summon up some more last-hole heroics to salvage a half point.

Lowry back within one

14:11 , Ben Fleming

Shane Lowry v Jordan Spieth 1UP (8)

Lowry is as animated as ever as he pours in another birdie on the 8th hole. He’s back to within just one of Jordan Spieth and the momentum is all with the Irishman.

Hovland wins as Europe claims first singles point

14:07 , Ben Fleming

Viktor Hovland beats Collin Morikawa 4&3

A bogey for Morikawa at the 15th and that is that in match number two. A dominant display from Hovland who caps off his stellar week in style. Europe move one step closer to regaining the trophy - three points is all they need now.

Hatton moves two ahead

14:04 , Ben Fleming

2UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (11)

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

“Hatton with a glorious wedge on 11, sticks it inside Harman, and chases up the hill to get a closer look, but the European fans roar in approval. Hatton is bouncing again, but then switches his focus back on, returns and helps an official to repair the divot.

“It’s conceded and Harman can’t make the tricky birdie look coming back, momentum back to Europe in a flash.”

Homa bogeys to drop hole

14:03 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 1UP (11)

God you have to love matchplay. It looked like the US were making good strides and now a positive 10 or 15 minutes for Europe. Fitzpatrick holes out well for his par on the 11th and he’s suddenly back to within one, too.

Rose back within one

14:01 , Ben Fleming

Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 1UP (13)

And Rosey has another! He trickles in a birdie putt at the par-three 13th and in the space of a few moments, Cantlay’s lead is suddenly not so secure and just one.

Scheffler takes the lead

13:58 , Ben Fleming

Jon Rahm v Scottie Scheffler 1 UP (15)

What a putt Scottie Scheffler! 20 feet and right in the heart of the hole as he taunts the European fans. The World No.1 takes a huge lead in that first match and things are just starting to get interesting here.

Cantlay gives one away

13:54 , Ben Fleming

Justin Rose v Patrick Cantlay 2UP (12)

Cantlay blinks for the first time today as a short putt misses on the 12th. Can Rose make a further indent into the American’s lead?

Harmon holes out to stay in touch in sixth match

13:50 , Ben Fleming

1UP Tyrrell Hatton v Brian Harman (10)

Jack Rathborn reporting from Marco Simone:

Is that the spark? A moment!? USA fans are delirious, Harman holes out on 10 to stay one down in this pivotal match. After hacking out from his wayward drive, Harman remains in touch, a half that feels like a win.

Hatton had made a sublime chip a moment earlier but spun immediately after that gut punch, swigging some water and marching up the hill to the 11th. U-S-A reverberates around Marco Simone once more.

Further down the board

13:48 , Ben Fleming

Some encouraging few holes from the Europeans down the board. Lowry lets out a roar as he gets back to two down, while Fleetwood hits the front against Fowler. In the bottom match, MacIntyre has a nice two-hole lead through four holes.

Hovland misses out

13:46 , Ben Fleming

4UP Viktor Hovland v Collin Morikawa (13)

Hard to critique a man who is four ahead through 13 but Hovland drops to his knees as a chance goes begging on the 14th. Still, he leads by four and is well in command of this one.

Fitzpatrick wobbling

13:44 , Ben Fleming

Matt Fitzpatrick v Max Homa 2UP (10)

A double bogey is not going to get it done in any format of golf, much less matchplay. The Englishman concedes the hole and Homa is two clear in that one now.

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