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USA sweep to victory in Ryder Cup as Rory McIlroy and Europe taste defeat

Had the United States not been harshly subjected to an earlier, harrowing run which led to public denouncement of captains and the formation of a task force, they might ponder how straightforward this all was. The Ryder Cup that had everything produced a result of wider benefit with Hazeltine the venue for the reinvigoration of the US in context of this event.

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Rory McIlroy acclaims ‘buoyant’ Ryder Cup team after fightback

Rory McIlroy insisted the European team mood is “buoyant” after an afternoon Ryder Cup recovery took Darren Clarke’s men from a morning deficit of 4-0 to 5-3 by close of play on day one at Hazeltine. McIlroy, who celebrated in emphatic style after converting an eagle putt on the 16th green to seal a third point for Europe, admitted to being inspired in part by a “hostile” home crowd.

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File photo of Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods talking at the 13th green during the practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska

Tiger Woods aims for December comeback ... and Jack Nicklaus's record

Tiger Woods, beset by injuries and the decline of his playing career, appears to have at least one person who still believes in him. And that person is Tiger Woods. In an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS on Thursday night, the former world No1 said he is targeting an imminent return to golf as well as more victories in the majors.