Team USA Reclaims Ryder Cup After 8 Years

Team USA Reclaims Ryder Cup After 8 Years

Team USA Reclaims Ryder Cup After 8 Years

Shaking off three consecutive defeats, the United States recaptured the Ryder Cup on Sunday, ripping Europe 17-11 for their most decisive triumph since 1981 in the biennial team golf showdown.

Reed now is 6-1-2 in his two Ryder Cups, and he was the top points earner for the Americans this week.

Four years after USA captain Davis Love III saw his team blow a 10-6 lead at Medinah, he watched it make more birdies and eagles than he could count as it filled the scoreboard with American red and took suspense out of the outcome. But under the leadership of team captain Davis Love III, the team produced commanding performances throughout the three days of competition to take a 17-11 win. And between us, the 12 players and vice-captains and captains on this team and between the 12 players on the USA team, it was played in the manner in which it should have been played.

Team USA Reclaims Ryder Cup After 8 Years
Team USA Reclaims Ryder Cup After 8 Years

"That was a transitional team, and so is the team Darren (Clarke) brought to Hazeltine. It's one of the great things about the culture of the European team, you have guys who have been involved for so long like Sam (Torrance) who have seen and done it all before, and it's all passed down".

"I know the rookies didn't have the greatest first Ryder Cup but at the same time they will have learned a lot from it and a lot of them will play in Paris in two years' time". "Hopefully I stay the same size so it's easy for them".

1810: Lee Westwood v Ryan Moore. "The veteran players have showed them what we want them to do for the next 20 years". Europe came in and played unbelievable golf. They did not trail at any point and were actually leading during 45 holes of their matches.

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European players came into Hazeltine with plenty of confidence having won more worldwide events this year than the Americans.

Phil Mickelson led the Americans behind closed doors. On the flip side, six European team members had each at least won the Ryder Cup twice, even with half their squad being rookies in 2016. The Americans' Ryder Cup efforts seemingly have been in full-on panic mode since that deflating defeat made possible by late-afternoon collapses on both Saturday and Sunday at Medina Country Club outside Chicago. "To do it for my teammates, for my captains, for everybody who picked me, who wanted me to be on the team; you know, I had all of that on my shoulders and I said, 'Alright, I'm going to try and get points somehow today".

"We need to build on this", Mickelson said. Trying to give my all just one last round of golf before I have a little time off.

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1203 - McIlroy makes his second birdie of the day on the short fifth, but Reed holes from seven feet for eagle after driving the green to get back to all square. He was in my ear all day, walking with me every step of the way, letting me know he was supporting me 100 percent.

Moore had been through almost a decade of uniform fittings as a contender for prior Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams only to not make the cut.

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