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downloadFor the first time since 2008, America is bringing home the Ryder Cup.”

The Americans, who have lost eight of the previous 10 Ryder Cups, have flipped their losing streak. The United States turned a 3-point lead at Saturday’s close into a 17-11 victory. This ended Europe’s winning record.

Every United States player had earned at least a point during the three-day event. The last time that happened was in 1975, when an American team captained by Arnold Palmer dominated a squad from Britain and Ireland. It was the perfect tribute to Palmer, who died five days before this year’s competition got underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

The captain this year, Davis Love III, said he was proud of how his player competed in the face of intense pressure and stress. Mostly, he was proud of the way they came together and supported each other like family.

Former members of the U.S. team say that the team this year was closer than ever. Brandt Snedeker, who was on the losing squad in 2012, said that the underlying theme of this year’s team was “everybody had your back.”

The team’s support for one another was on full display while Ryan Moore played on Sunday. Moore was 2 down with three holes to play in his singles match against Lee Westwood when two of his teammates, Patrick Reed and J.B. Holmes, showed up to the 16th hole in a  show of support. As they looked on, Moore produced and eagle-birdie-par finish to hand Westwood a 1-up defeat and deliver the United States a 15th point. This secured the American’s first victory.

“I saw both of those guys,” Moore said, “and I said: ‘All right, I’m going to do it for my team. I’m going to try to flip this match somehow.’”

The next Ryder Cup will be held in 2018 in France.

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