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Bjorn supremacy: Europe captain Thomas Bjorn (centre) with his victorious Ryder Cup team in Paris yesterday

Bjorn supremacy: Europe captain Thomas Bjorn (centre) with his victorious Ryder Cup team in Paris yesterday

Bjorn supremacy: Europe captain Thomas Bjorn (centre) with his victorious Ryder Cup team in Paris yesterday

Rory McIlroy claims two years of blood, sweat and tears went into Europe's victory as they hammered the USA 17.5 - 10.5 to take back the Ryder Cup in Paris.

Going into yesterday's final session, the traditional Sunday singles, with a commanding lead, Europe needed just four and a half points to win, and they did so in dominant fashion by winning seven matches and halving one.

Francesco Molinari became the first European to win five points in a single Ryder Cup week as his win over Phil Mickelson secured the trophy and sparked the celebrations.

"It's incredible," said a delighted McIlroy, who lost the opening match of the day to Justin Thomas by one hole. "We took a really tough loss at Hazeltine a couple of years ago and that stung.

"The leadership's been great and I think the players have been phenomenal. This is the culmination of two years of very hard work and I'm delighted for everyone that's a part of it."

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