Team Europe might be licking their wounds for the next 2 years as Team USA strolled to a record-breaking victory of 19-9 at Whistling Straits in the 43rd Ryder Cup.
Much of the debate coming into the competition was mainly how Team USA would gel, with the tense relationship between Bryson DeChambeau & Brooks Koepka being the key conversation starter.
Strange bedfellows or not, the writing was on the wall early as Team USA rushed out the gates in the Friday Morning Foursomes with a 3-1 lead.
This was emphasized by the final game of that outing as Rory McIlroy continued his infamous Ryder Cup struggles as the Northern Irish star and his partner, Ian Poulter, were finished by the 15th hole.
Later that afternoon, the bleak got bleaker as Team USA dominated and had it not been for a stellar performance at the 18th by Europe’s Tyrell Hatton, Team USA would have taken 3 of the 4 games.
Down big beginning Saturday morning, the Spanish connection of world number one John Rahm & Sergio Garcia gave Europe a glimmer of hope with an inspirational comeback having been 3 down through 3 holes to begin.
Team USA were quick to respond and backed by the outstanding duo of Patrick Cantlay & Olympic Champion Xander Schauffele, the ‘States’ claimed 3 of the 4 points available Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon Fourball was as good as it got for team Europe with Shane Lowry putting home at the 18th to claim a big point and providing some passionate verbal’s to lift European hearts if only for a brief moment.
Going into the Sunday morning, murmurs of the “Miracle of Medinah” being recreated in the American north-west were well and truly in full swing.
That momentum was only heightened as both Shane Lowry & Rory McIlroy played themselves into early leads, with the latter being able to sustain the lead for the full 18 holes.
An emotional Rory McIlroy was moved to tears following his victory over Xander Schauffele having received criticism and abuse on social media over the three days.
Whilst Ryder Cup veterans Lee Westwood & Ian Poulter were able to put 2 more points on the board for team Europe, it was relatively a walk in the park for the Home side as they claimed 6 points to close the competition out.
In truth, Team USA looked every bit of value for their record breaking performance with a large 19-9 victory meaning Team Europe will be out for revenge come 2023 in Rome.