- Shane Lowry celebrated on court as Europe regained the Ryder Cup
- Lowry was still playing his match against American Jordan Spieth as he celebrated
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Shane Lowry celebrated in a big way on the Marco Simone court as Europe regained the Ryder Cup trophy, despite still playing in his own singles match.
Europe defeated the US 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 to regain the Ryder Cup after a dominant opening set of singles performances on Sunday at Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.
Luke Donald’s side took revenge for the harrowing defeat in Whistling Straits two years ago, beating an American team that had been constantly trying to regain ground throughout the competition.
Europe needed just four points in the final session to clinch the Ryder Cup trophy after building on their early lead, which was sealed by Tommy Fleetwood when Rickie Fowler conceded on the 16th to give the hosts the half-point required for the title-winning title handed over.
Moments before Fleetwood had sealed victory, Lowry was seen celebrating wildly on the course as Europe moved closer to that winning moment.
Shane Lowry was full of energy as he celebrated his putt on the 17th during Sunday’s action
Lowry rushed to hug teammate Nicolai Hojgaard (left) after securing the putt
Lowry drove away cheering, despite having one hole left to play
Footage showed Lowry celebrating before his putt went in on the 17th hole, before continuing his celebration on the fairway.
The Irishman came so close to winning his match against Jordan Spieth, but drew level with the American star on the final hole – with Spieth winning the match.
Lowry last described this year’s Ryder Cup as ‘the best week of my life’ as he continued to celebrate Europe’s victory.
Europe’s Jon Rahm sparked the title push on Sunday when he took an early lead against Scottie Scheffler before being caught in a hard-fought match.
Viktor Hovland enjoyed a more comfortable match against Colin Morikawa, taking a two-go lead on the front nine and continuing to impress down the back half of the course to seal Europe’s first full point of the day.
USA looked to fight back, with Patrick Cantlay impressing in a 2&1 win over Justin Rose as the visitors moved to seven league points, but they needed seven more to seal what would have been an astonishing win.
Only two and a half more points were needed for the hosts and McIlroy wanted to make sure he was there to help Europe take victory by producing a sensational round against Sam Burns.
The Northern Irishman’s outstanding performance was an ode to the saying ‘don’t poke the sleeping lion’, McIlroy was poked by America on Saturday evening and roared with vengeance to thrash his opponent.
Only one and a half points were needed and Tyrrell Hatton was on hand to add another by beating Georgia-born Brian Harman 3&2.
Hatton’s brilliant bunker shot on the 16th put him within a yard of the hole and Harman’s miss gave the Englishman a deserved victory.
Team Europe regained the Ryder Cup after completing a dominant weekend performance against the USA
Europe was so close, but a look at the scoreboard showed they were still so far away, with the US leading the way in the next four games on the Italian route.
Matt Fitzpatrick had the chance to win the Ryder Cup for Europe in his match with Max Homa, but missed his putt as his attempt went just wide.
Homa produced a perfect chip to put him close to the pin and held his nerve to tap in and get the win and take America to nine points.
Xander Schauffele secured another victory for America as he defeated Nicolai Hojgaard 3&2, while reigning American PGA champion Brooks Koepka played in a 3&2 victory against Ludvig Aberg 3&2 as America looked to continue in their quest for a dream comeback.
However, Tommy Fleetwood was ready to undermine American ambitions after producing perhaps the best tee shot of his career at the par three 16th and giving him two chances to win the hole after Ricky Fowler skewed his attempt into the water had put.