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Europe beats United States to reclaim Ryder Cup

Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the USA as star man Francesco Molinari became the first-ever European to win all five of his matches with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

Europe beats United States to reclaim Ryder Cup
Italian golfer Francesco Molinari (C) celebrates Europe's win with English golfer Tommy Fleetwood on the final day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Photo:
Ian Poulter's dramatic 2-up win against Dustin Johnson had sent Thomas Bjørn's hosts to a guaranteed 14 points with Henrik Stenson 5-up on Bubba Watson with five to play, before Molinari finished the job.
 
“It's been an incredible week,” said Molinari. “It's been a long week, playing five matches, but you know, again, I 
stepped it up when I had to and you know, that putt on 14 was great. Just amazing.”
 
Jon Rahm had earlier dealt Tiger Woods a fourth loss of the Ryder Cup as Europe weathered an early fightback from the US at Le Golf National.
 
Spanish rookie Rahm won his first Ryder Cup point with a 2 and 1 victory over Woods, the American suffering just his second singles defeat in eight matches in the competition.
 
“To beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it's the best feeling of my life,” said the 23-year-old Rahm.
 
Fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia became the leading points-scorer in Ryder Cup history with his 2 and 1 win over 
American Rickie Fowler. The 38-year-old, a controversial wildcard pick by Bjørn after a poor season, passed Nick Faldo's previous mark of 25 points, reaching 25.5 since making his debut in 1999.
 
Rahm's triumph came after Denmark's Thorbjørn Olesen, in the seventh match to tee off, powered to an impressive 5 and 4 win over the in-form Jordan Spieth to quell the US team's momentum.
 
Jim Furyk's men had pulled to within a point after claiming 3.5 points from the first four matches on Sunday, with Justin Thomas defeating Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opening clash.
 
A calamitous 18th hole for McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman find the bunker with his tee shot, as well as the water, as Thomas picked up his fourth point of the competition.
 
Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka halved the second match, while Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2 after carding six birdies to put away the Olympic champion on the Albatros course.
 
Tony Finau romped to a 6 and 4 win over fellow rookie Tommy Fleetwood, denying the Englishman the chance to become the first European to win five points from a possible five at the Ryder Cup.

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Celia Barquin: Spanish golfer murdered on US golf course

Police have charged a man with the premeditated murder of a Spanish golfer, Celia Barquin Arozamena, who investigators say was assaulted and killed on a golf course in the US state of Iowa.

Celia Barquin: Spanish golfer murdered on US golf course
Celia Barquin was only 22 years old. Photo:European Golf Association.

The 22-year-old's body was discovered Monday by  police officers who responded to a report of a “suspicious” unattended golf bag at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.

They found her body nearby and determined she “had been assaulted and died as a result,” according to a police statement.   

Colin Daniel Richards, 22, was identified as a suspect and charged with first-degree murder.

Barquin Arozamena hailed from Puente San Miguel in Spain, and this year was named Iowa State University's female athlete of the year, having claimed a major conference championship victory.

She had finished her university golf career, which ran from 2015 to 2018, and was wrapping up her studies for a civil engineering degree.   

“Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed,” Jamie Pollard, the Iowa State Director of Athletics, said in a statement. 

“Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

Barquin Arozamena was the school's career leader in stroke average (73.44) and was the third woman golfer from Iowa State to compete in the US Women's Open Championship.

In August she had advanced to Stage II of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.

“We are all devastated,” said the university's head women's golf coach, Christie Martens. “Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends.”

“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”