US win Ryder Cup; Arc triumph for O’Brien
Golf – Ryder Cup: Ryan Moore clinched the Ryder Cup for the United States for the first time since 2008 after a nail-biting final day.
Europe drew within one game in the closing stages but in the last round of matches, the US pulled away to secure victory by 17 games to 11.
It was left to Moore to beat Lee Westwood for the decisive point.
Victory was particularly sweet for US captain Davis Love, who was a losing skipper four years ago when Europe clawed their way to success after being 10-4 down on the second afternoon.
Europe had been hoping to win the trophy for an unprecedented fourth successive occasion.
Captain Darren Clarke was magnanimous in defeat.
“The American guys holed their putts and showed their class, ” he said. “The bottom line is, the better team won.
“Some of the scoring has just been off the charts. It’s huge that our rookies blended in so well. They’ll take over the mantle in Paris in two years time. At the end of the day, congratulations to Davis, and we’ll try to win it back.”
Found wins as O’Brien grabs Arc 1-2-3
Horse racing – Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien surpassed even his own expectations with a remarkable 1-2-3 in Europe’s biggest race.
Found (6/1), ridden by Ryan Moore, won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly, with Highland Reel (20/1) second and the Frankie Dettori-ridden Order of St George (14/1) third.
It is believed to be the first time a trainer has sent out the first three home in the Arc’s 96-year history. All three runners were sired by Galileo.
“I couldn’t dream this would happen,” said the Coolmore trainer. “It’s a privilege to be here and be part of this.”
Favourite Postponed, finished fifth, denying trainer Roger Varian a first win, while the Derby winner Harzand was ninth.
Japan, so often tipped to make the breakthrough, continues to be denied first Arc victory. Makahiki was the latest to disappoint, finishing 14th of the 16 runners.
O’Brien’s success is all the more remarkable given that it took the County Tipperary trainer 20 years to be successful for the first time, with Dylan Thomas in 2007.