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United States crowned Ryder Cup Champions at Whistling Straits

Steve Stricker. © Rolex
Steve Stricker. © Rolex

After three days of compelling match-play golf on the rugged links-style Whistling Straits course, the United States has prevailed over Europe to regain the Ryder Cup, winning by 19 points to 9.

The 43rd edition of this biennial event provided golf fans with three days of constant excitement as the elite 12-man ensembles battled it out on the shores of Lake Michigan for what is widely acknowledged as the sport’s most prestigious team prize.

In an event that stands for tradition, team spirit and sportsmanship, it was the Americans who on this occasion were able to harness their individual virtuosity to achieve collective success. As ever, the matches were fierce but always staged with unreserved respect between opponents.

Rolex has been closely affiliated with this always highly anticipated competition since 1995 when it became a sponsor of the European team as part of a close relationship with golf dating back more than 50 years. In its quest for excellence, the brand has forged partnerships throughout the sporting sphere where the highest standards of performance are set. This includes many world-class events, including the Ryder Cup. This year, the Swiss watchmaker strengthened its support by becoming a Worldwide Partner, committing to serve as Official Timekeeper at every iteration.

Holding a record six-point lead heading into the final day, the United States, among them five Rolex Testimonees, displayed impressive accuracy and resilience throughout the matches, attributes that resonate strongly with Rolex’s own pursuit of perpetual excellence in its watchmaking and all other endeavours.

Following Sunday’s Singles, United States winning Captain, Steve Stricker, said:

“This is a special day. This Ryder Cup means a lot to everybody. These guys played great, they came here with a mission and they did it.”

As one of the United States team’s leading point-scorers, Rolex Testimonee Bryson DeChambeau said:

“I couldn’t be more proud of Captain Stricker and for everyone here for throwing their hearts out and making this event the coolest experience I’ve ever had in my professional golf career.”

Bryson DeChambeau. © Rolex
Bryson DeChambeau. © Rolex

In achieving their second Ryder Cup victory, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth confirmed their status as two of the best golfers in the world and join an exclusive list of Rolex Testimonees to have achieved multiple successes at the Ryder Cup. Additionally, fellow Testimonees Daniel Berger, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas secured their maiden Ryder Cup victory, contributing to an historical back-to-back win on home soil for the first time since 1979-1983 for the United States team.