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Ryder Cup: Europe regain trophy as Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland star in victory over USA in Rome

Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland won their singles matches and Jon Rahm tied with Scottie Scheffler to complete unbeaten campaign; Tommy Fleetwood scored winning point to ensure Europe would regain the trophy and extend Team USA's wait for an away victory

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The best of the action from day three of the Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy.

Tommy Fleetwood secured the winning point for Team Europe as they overcame a final-round charge from Team USA to claim a dramatic 16.5-11.5 victory in Rome.

Luke Donald's side dominated an unbeaten opening day and pulled further ahead during the Saturday foursomes, only for Team USA to edge the fourballs session after a dramatic finish to cut Europe's advantage to five heading into the Sunday singles at Marco Simone GC.

Europe required four points to regain the trophy and edged closer to that target when Viktor Hovland brushed aside Collin Morikawa, with Jon Rahm producing more final-hole magic to claim a tie against Scottie Scheffler before Rory McIlroy saw off Sam Burns to move the hosts to the brink of victory.

Patrick Cantlay earned America's first point of the day after defeating Justin Rose, before Tyrrell Hatton's victory over Brian Harman took Europe to 14 points and ensured Team USA's 30-year wait for an away Ryder Cup victory would continue.

Max Homa, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas all won matches to cut the advantage, although Europe secured a seventh consecutive home success when Fleetwood fired a stunning tee shot into the par-three 17th to set up a 3&1 victory over Rickie Fowler.

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Tommy Fleetwood secured the winning point for Team Europe

"I really didn't want it to come down to one of us at the back," Fleetwood said. "I can't wait to see the rest of the guys, I can't wait to see the captain, our wives and the rest of our families.

"I'm just so happy to play a part in it and so proud to be part of this team. We've done what we came here to do. I couldn't wish for a better bunch of people to do this with. It has been so amazing. It's the coolest experience."

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A tearful McIlroy spoke of how much winning four points during the Ryder Cup in Rome meant to him

How Europe completed the Italian job

Scheffler, featuring for the first time since a record-breaking defeat in the Saturday foursomes had reduced him to tears, narrowly missed out on a first win of the campaign in a topsy-turvy top match where the lead exchanged hands multiple times.

Rahm was two up after five holes and bounced back from being one behind following 11 to win the next two with birdies, then Scheffler posted successive gains to lead until his playing partner left a 90-foot eagle attempt at the par-five last in gimme range to secure the tie.

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Jon Rahm secured a vital half point with an outstanding putt on the 18th green

Hovland never trailed as he secured Europe's first point of the day by beating Morikawa 4&3, while Cantlay overcame a late charge from Rose - who battled back from three down to within one - to beat the Englishman with a 15-foot birdie on the penultimate hole.

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Viktor Hovland was in inspired form in his singles match against Collin Morikawa

McIlroy led from the first in his match against Burns and was four clear with six to play, before coming back from the American winning the 13th and taking the driveable 16th hole with a birdie at the 17th to claim a 3&1 win.

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Rory McIlroy headed into Sunday Singles fired up and put on a impressive performance

Hatton signed off an unbeaten campaign by winning three of his first four holes on the way to beating Harman with two holes to spare, taking Europe to 14 points, while Matt Fitzpatrick missed a putt at the 18th to win the Ryder Cup as Max Homa produced a sensational up-and-down to claim a 1up victory.

Koepka secured his first full point of the week when he saw off Ludvig Åberg 3&2, while Schauffele battled back from losing two of the first three holes to close out a win by the same margin with back-to-back birdies.

Thomas continued the American resurgence when a final-hole birdie gave him a 2up win over Sepp Straka, although Europe's victory was all-but assured when Fleetwood and Shane Lowry had unassailable leads out on the course.

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Tommy Fleetwood's brilliance saw him beat Rickie Fowler 3&1

Celebrations were already in full flow with two matches left on the course, with Robert MacIntyre beating US Open champion Wyndham Clark and Lowry finishing tied against Jordan Spieth.

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Shane Lowry was ecstatic after going one up with just one hole to play against Jordan Spieth

Johnson: Europe 'outplayed' Team USA

Europe captain Luke Donald: "This is why the Ryder Cup is so special to me and the guys. We play for each other, we will share those memories forever. I gave them a good culture and prepared, but then it was staying out of the way. They had to do it and play well. These guys will be around for a long time and we will put up a great fight in two years' time."

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Luke Donald shows pride in his Team Europe side as he looks at how they secured victory

USA captain Zach Johnson: "If I have any reflection right now it's that you take your hat off, tip your cap - whatever the cliche is - to Team Europe and Luke. 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... I'll reflect at some point. But it's not about those 12 guys. I'm grateful for each and every one of them."

What's next?

The PGA Tour season continues on Thursday with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi and the the DP World Tour heads to Scotland for the Alfred Duhill Links Championship, with both events live on Sky Sports.

The next Ryder Cup takes place at Bethpage Black from September 26-28, 2025, while the next home edition will be at Adare Manor in Ireland in 2027.

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