The United States regained the Ryder Cup with a record 19-9 victory over Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Open champion Collin Morikawa took home the winning half point in the fifth of Sunday’s 12 singles matches as the home side hit the 14½ points they needed.
Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter – the only European singles winners – were in tears as they showed the emotion of what will be a searing loss.
Around them, the American players celebrated, Brooks Koepka swallowed a beer from the fans after scoring a 2 & 1 victory on the 17th green to the thunderous chants of “USA” from a crowd of 40,000 people.
There had already been big wins for Patrick Cantlay, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau in a carnival atmosphere on the shores of Lake Michigan, while Dustin Johnson became the first American to win all five matches in a Ryder Cup since 1979.
Such was the exhilaration of the celebrations that Koepka and DeChambeau, who have been embroiled in a long-standing feud, briefly embraced during the post-match press conference, with U.S. captain Steve Stricker saying they had “wanted to Play together”.
“It’s a special day for everyone involved here,” added Stricker, who has struggled to control his emotions as a Wisconsinite.
“The Ryder Cup means a lot to everyone, your team and ours. We ended up with a dominant performance.
“It’s a new era here, they are young, motivated, they came here determined to win.
“I’ve never won a major. But it’s my major.”
European team captain Harrington conceded: “It’s a tough loss, but they were better than us. They were a solid team and they played at their best. They had momentum throughout. the weather.”
The margin of victory eclipses Europe’s 18½-9½ successes in 2004 and 2006 and America’s triumph in 1981.
It was a well-deserved victory, built on a dominant two-day opening for the hosts.
They led 6-2 after Friday’s foursome and four-ball sessions, and extended it to an 11-5 record on Saturday to gain just 3½ points of the 12 available in singles.
Harrington spoke on Saturday night of using the spirit of 2012, when the visitors came from 10-6 to win the “Miracle of Medinah” – the only away victory in the last eight editions – to inspire his team .
He put McIlroy, who had lost all three of his games, first and the Northern Irishman immediately put the European blue on the scoreboard by winning the first hole against Olympic champion ScHotfele.
And when Harrington’s Irish compatriot Shane Lowry took the lead in Game 2 of Game 2, the few European fans who had made it to Whistling Straits this week started to believe it.
However, Cantlay, who won the FedEx Cup all-season PGA Tour and his $ 15 million prize money earlier this month, won the next four holes to take control of this game.
Behind him, Scheffler birdied the first four holes as he put world number one Jon Rahm under pressure from the start.
And then the hard-hitting DeChambeau first hit his tee shot on par four on the green and pierced the 40-foot eagle putt to knock out Sergio Garcia.
It was a lead the Americans would maintain throughout their games against the Spaniards, who had combined for three points in three games in the fourballs and foursomes on Friday and Saturday.
“Unfortunately they were a little better than us,” said Garcia, who raised his points record to 28½ in his 10th Ryder Cup.
“We have to accept this and we have to prepare for Rome and try to get it back.”
The victory came with seven games remaining on the course, underlining the sheer superiority of the home side.
Justin Thomas crushed Tyrrell Hatton 4 & 3, Brooks Koepka beat Bernd Wiesberger 2 & 1 and Daniel Berger beat Matt Fitzpatrick last as the United States won seven of the singles matches.
Perhaps now is the start of a true dynasty for the United States, which had lost seven of the previous nine editions of the biennial contest, but has now won successive Ryder Cups at home for the first time in 38 years. .
The 12-member squad included eight of the top 10 in the world rankings and eight of their squad are in their 20s, the oldest being 37-year-old world number two Johnson, who ended a terrific week with one hole victory over Paul Casey .
Three of the squad’s six rookies, Cantlay, Morikawa and Sc chaudele, went undefeated throughout the week, with each American player contributing at least one point.
In contrast, several European players are set to near the end of their Ryder Cup careers, although Westwood, 48, who qualified for the team, and Poulter, 45, one of three wildcard caps from Harrington, were victorious.
Their two triumphs came long after the Cup was lost, but both won their first holes as the European blue was missing on the scoreboards.
Westwood, who led by two holes with five left to play, finally beat Harris English on the 18th, while Poulter, the captain’s choice for the fifth time in seven appearances, never trailed against Tony Finau, winning 3 & 2.
“Putting a point on the board is nice from a personal point of view, but it’s no consolation,” Poulter told BBC Radio 5 Live after retaining his fine record of never losing a singles match. , winning six and halving the other.
“We’re going to get in the saddle and see if we can go back to Italy.
“You don’t think it’s a complete runaway like this. When you look at the dashboard, it looks extremely out of balance, but it wasn’t.”
The next Ryder Cup is set to take place in Rome in 2023, which will be 30 years since the United States have won an away game.