Newly fashioned U.S. team end Ryder losing streak

Sun Oct 2, 2016 10:49pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - A more team-oriented U.S. Ryder Cup squad took care of business on Sunday, completing a 17-11 thumping of Europe to snap a losing streak and validate changes in their approach to golf's top team competition.

More input from players, more continuity among the team leaders and an additional late captain's pick were among changes made to the U.S. system.

"We haven't had a good run lately and I'm thrilled for them that they got the win," said U.S. captain Davis Love III. "Proud of the way they competed all week. I'm proud of their attitude. But mostly proud of the way they came together as a family."

Ryan Moore, added as the 12th player the day before the team was to arrive in Minnesota following his gritty runner-up showing at the Tour Championship, was the man who ended the long U.S. wait for Ryder Cup redemption.

Moore clinched the rousing win over Europe on Sunday by beating Lee Westwood 1-up for his second point of the competition.

Team mates, families and friends poured out onto the green to celebrate.

Emotional U.S. assistant captain Bubba Watson wept on the shoulder of captain Davis Love III as the two hugged on the 18th green.

"Our guys handled the pressure. Europe came in and played unbelievable golf. The great thing is we didn't battle between all of us, we all pulled together," said Love.   Continued...

Oct 2, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA;  Jordan Spieth of the United States and Team USA vice-captain Bubba Watson celebrate after the USA wins the Ryder Cup during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports