They savor their triumph. The Americans did not shy away from their pleasure in brandishing the Ryder Cup. It must be said that the team led by Steve Stricker gave European golfers a correction by ending the competition with a ten point gap. The big names of the old continent like Rory McIlroy or Ian Poulter have sunk in front of young rookies with a conquering spirit.
“Obviously, it’s sad that we couldn’t bring the cup back to Europe. That’s what we wanted to do but we also have to accept that the Americans played very well, they played at a very high level and did the right things at the right time, it’s that simple, we have to keep going to train and be fully prepared for the next tournament in a few years so that we are victorious again“underlines the Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia.
Leading 11-5 after the duo events, the Americans had only 3.5 points to glean in singles to be crowned. They did not tremble in the face of Europeans condemned to an exploit. At home in Wisconsin, in front of 40,000 supporters, the Americans have never flinched and bring back the Ryder Cup for the 27th time in their history.
As a symbol, it is Collin Morikawa which brought the half point to close the case from the fifth of the twelve matches on the program. His birdie on the N.17, after an exceptional drive having approached him a few centimeters from the hole, was decisive, to finish tied with the Norwegian Viktor Hovland.
The 24-year-old winner of the last British Open is the youngest of six rookies called up by coach Steve Striker, especially blessed to have nine players among the world’s top eleven. The inexperience with the armada of European veterans has not been a brake on the success of the USA.
“We’re a fairly young team, but a lot of us have experience on the track, although obviously the Ryder is a whole different beast to tame. We have lost a lot by looking to the past. We are the present and hopefully the future. As time goes by we learn and get better“, commented Morikawa.
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