After 3 days of fierce competition against the best European golfers in the world, the United States was able to keep the Ryder Cup on American soil for the fist time in 8 years. After an embarrassing loss in 2014, the Americans created a “Ryder Cup Task Force,” in order to find the cause of their recent struggles, and come to a solution.
Led by captain Davis Love III, the Americans defeated Team Europe 17-11. The Americans started off day one by leading 5-3. After day 2, Team USA maintained their lead 9.5-6.5. The men from across the pond needed a good Sunday in order to retain the Ryder Cup. In 2012, the European’s famously charged back on Sunday in what is known as the Miracle at Medinah. The American’s could not afford to let the cup slip away again.
Euro captain Darren Clarke sent out his best golfers first on Sunday in order to try and spark a comeback. They got within a single point of the American lead before the boys in Red, White, and Blue were able to pull away.
Patrick Reed deserves MVP honors for the American Team. Reed teed off first on Sunday against Rory McIlroy, who is arguably playing the best golf in the world right now. Reed and Rors traded blows all day before Reed sank a birdie putt on the 18th to win the match and record the first US victory of the day. Reed went 3-1-1 overall. Brandt Snedeker also had a good weekend earning 3 points for the Americans.
The Europeans found the greatest success with a pairing of McIlroy and Thomas Pieters. The two went undefeated against the Americans in the alternate shot and fourball matches.
Finally, the real MVP’s of the Ryder Cup were the American fans. They filled the grandstands from Sunrise until the final putt dropped. They cheered the Americans on and jeered the Euros when they faltered. Lastly, they even sang the Star Spangled Banner, which got the attention of Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler, who paused and removed their caps (take that Colin Kaepernick!!!).
Final thought: Tiger Woods was back on the golf course this week, but as a vice-captain. Reed told Tiger that he did not want to sit out any matches. Tiger then went to Captain Davis Love and Love responded by playing Reed and Jordan Spieth for a fourth consecutive match. The pair would go on to win their final match as a duo.