Team Europe victorious in Rome

Team Europe regained the Ryder Cup at the Marco Simone Club in Rome with a 16½ - 11½ win over the USA.

Bob MacIntyre, who had earned one of the automatic places on the European team, was one of four rookies competing in Rome, and he launched himself onto the Ryder Cup stage in emphatic style, as he finished the weekend contributing 2½ points and remained unbeaten at the end of his first Ryder Cup.

Playing afternoon fourballs with Justin Rose on both Friday and Saturday, the pairing secured a final hole half against Max Homa and Wyndham Clark on Bob’s debut, and then defeated the experienced pairing of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth 3&2 on Saturday to help Team Europe to a 10½ - 5½ lead as they entered the Sunday singles.

Playing in the anchor role and paired against current US Open Champion, Wyndham Clark, it became apparent as the day unfolded that this tie might well decide the match. Starting off strongly, Bob managed to hold a narrow lead at the turn, and a European victory was becoming increasingly dependent on Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood or Bob winning the necessary points at the back-end of the singles matches.

With Tommy securing the point for victory, Bob then moved 2 ahead on the 16th and closed off the match on the 17th with a 2&1 victory, which gave Europe a 16½ - 11½ win.

Bob’s unbeaten record was a just reward for his performances over the past year, and has given him a huge motivation to be part of Team Europe again at the next Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black in New York in 2025.