Europe's team celebrate regaining the Ryder Cup with a 16.5 to 11.5 points victory over the US in Rome ©Getty Images

The United States battled back and gave the hosts a scare before Europe regained golf’s Ryder Cup with a 16.5 to 11.5 victory in Rome.

Europe started the final day of singles action with a five-point lead at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club and earned a key half point in the top match as Spain’s Jon Rahm birdied the last hole to finish all square with world number one Scottie Scheffler.

Their first win came in match two as Norway’s Viktor Hovland made four birdies in a comfortable 4&3 victory over Collin Morikawa.

The first red on the board came in match three as Patrick Cantlay won 2&1 against England’s Justin Rose, sealing the win with a birdie on 17.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy finished as Europe’s top points scorer this week with four from five matches and won match four as he overcame Sam Burns 3&1, sealing another European point with a birdie on 17.

The top US points scorer Max Homa, who finished with 3.5 points, claimed a narrow one up win over England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, with three consecutive holes won between eight and 10 the key stretch for Homa.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton made five birdies as he comfortably beat Brian Harman 3&2, with his win taking Europe half a point away from the magic number of 14.5 to reclaim the trophy.

Tommy Fleetwood earned the crucial point for Europe with a 3&1 win over Rickie Fowler in match 11 ©Getty Images
Tommy Fleetwood earned the crucial point for Europe with a 3&1 win over Rickie Fowler in match 11 ©Getty Images

European nerves began to jangle as the US won the next three matches with the first of these victories seeing Brooks Koepka overcome Ludvig Åberg of Sweden 3&2.

Justin Thomas then beat Austria’s Sepp Straka two up, before Xander Schauffele produced a dominant display to defeat Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark 3&2.

Victory in the match was secured by England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who made birdies on 16 and 17 in match 11 as he overcame Rickie Fowler 3&1 to get Europe over the line.

The singles matches ended up shared, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry finishing all square with Jordan Spieth, and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre winning 2&1 against Wyndham Clark in the remaining matches.

Europe led throughout the contest having swept the opening day foursomes 4-0 and recording the biggest ever individual match win on day two, when Hovland and Åberg won 9&7, also during the foursomes.

Speaking after the win European captain Luke Donald said: "I'm just so happy for these 12 guys, they gave everything this week.

"They were a pleasure to be around. They made my life very easy and they played like superstars."

The United States is scheduled to host the next edition of the men’s team event at Bethpage Black Course in New York in 2025.