The Slaughter by the Water, The Whipping in Wisconsin or The Mauling by Lake Michigan – whatever the nickname is attributed to the 43rd Ryder Cup, the mere fact of the matter is that Europe has suffered the heaviest defeat ever in the nearly 100-year history of the matches by the power of a powerful, and for once impressive United USA.
After dominating the first two days of foursome and foursome in a windy Whistling Straits, with sessions of 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 and 2-2, the all-conquering host country properly completed the somewhat inevitable route with ‘ a comprehensive 8-4 victory in Sunday’s singles matches, all of which contributed to a 19-9 demolition, which will surely send some more aftershocks through the foundations of European golf.
It was somewhat fitting that reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa, the hero of the links at St George’s, delivered the coup when he claimed a half point in his match against Victor Hovland to take his team to the 14½ points they needed to get the cup back. That it was achieved within the first five games further emphasized America’s dominance, which made the other seven games on the field immediately irrelevant, as the 40,000 home fans got rid of joy.
Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter – Europe’s only singles winners – were in tears as they showed the emotion of a disciplinary, if not completely unexpected, defeat.
Big wins for Patrick Cantlay (4 & 2), Scottie Scheffler (4 & 3) and Bryson DeChambeau (3 & 2) in games 2, 3 and 4 against Shane Lowry, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, laid the foundation for the early celebrations of Sunday, while Dustin Johnson became the first American to win five points since 1979 when he claimed a 1up victory over Paul Casey in the sixth game.
Justin Thomas crushed Tyrrell Hatton 4 & 3, Koepka defeated Bernd Wiesberger 2 & 1 and Daniel Berger beat Matt Fitzpatrick at last as the USA won seven of the singles matches to complete the sideline.
“It’s a special day for everyone involved,” said US captain Steve Stricker, although he won, but could easily see it on TV from the comfort of his bench and still get the same result. could behold. ‘The Ryder Cup means a lot to everyone, and in the end we put on a dominant performance. This is a new era here. This group of players is young, motivated, they have come here determined to win. I never won a major, but this is my major now. “
European captain Padraig Harrington, who has three majors to his name but unfortunately no win in the Ryder Cup captain, conceded: ‘It’s a tough loss, but they were simply the better team this week. They were a strong team and played to their best form. They had momentum all the time, putts at the right time, and the crowd was behind them. All of this contributes to a strong American performance. ”
Asked if this could mark an era of American domination, Harrington said: ‘There is no doubt that the current crop of American players is strong, but there are also young guys in this European team who are at the heart of the team. will be. Jon Rahm, clear; Viktor Hovland, these are young guys who will be there for a long time. Everyone continues with the experienced guys, but there is a firm heart for this team of players who are still at the peak of their careers and will be here for a few more years. Yes, we would like to see some young men come through in the future, but we have strong strength ahead. ”
After losing seven of the previous nine Ryder Cups, the United States has now won consecutive home games for the first time in 38 years, and with this current set of players averaging just 29, it will be a formidable force in many Ryder cups be come. The 44th Ryder Cup will be held in 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy, which is 30 years ago that the USA last won an away game. Get ready for ‘The Rumble in Rome’.
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