United States wins Ryder Cup for first time since 2016
The United States won the Ryder Cup over Europe this weekend, and they did so in dominating and convincing fashion.
The final score was 19-9 in favor of the Americans, and it was the worst loss that the Europeans had ever suffered in the event.
Whistling Straits was the site for the 2021 Ryder Cup, and the crowd was ready for action after this event had been delayed for a few years. At times, the atmosphere around the golf course seemed more like a party atmosphere, but that worked out well for the young United States team.
Steve Stricker was the captain of the United States team this year, and he went with a young team that was filled with unproven players on this stage. It appeared that all of his decisions worked out this time around as the Americans were hungry and put on a show all weekend.
The United States team won all five of the sessions during the 2021 Ryder Cup, and the top players on the team were nearly unbeatable. Dustin Johnson went a perfect 5-0 to lead Team USA, becoming the first player since Larry Nelson in 1970 to accomplish that feat.
There were six players on the American side that were making their first-ever appearance in the Ryder Cup, and those players went a combined 14-4-3 this week. Not only did the young stars play well on the course, but they also knew how to get the crowd going, and the entire team fed off of that environment.
Colin Morikawa delivered the final blow during his singles match on Sunday afternoon to give the United States the win, but the team didn’t stop at just 14.5 points. Team USA continued to win matches to finish out the afternoon and nearly got to an unprecedented 20 points.
McIlroy Takes the Blame
Rory McIlroy has been a staple of the European Ryder Cup teams for as long as he has been a professional, but he really struggled this weekend. McIlroy was able to deliver a win on Sunday morning to kick off the single’s matches, but that was his only contribution to his team.
After leaving the course on Sunday afternoon, McIlroy did an interview in which he took all of the blame for the struggles of the European team at Whistling Straits. McIlroy was moved to tears when describing what this event meant to him and also lamenting the fact that he couldn’t do more for his teammates.
Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm were the two other golfers that were expected to carry the European team, but each man fell short in their individual matchup on Sunday. The atmosphere at Whistling Straits appeared to get to the European team, and they weren’t able to slow down the momentum from the young American squad.
The 2023 Ryder Cup will be played near Rome, Italy, and this should prove to be a major advantage to the European team. The Americans have not won a Ryder Cup matchup on the road since 1993, and they have suffered some embarrassing losses during that stretch.
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