American Ryder Cup victory is undeniable. The numbers are there: 19-9. This is a real slap in the face. During the competition, the Americans taught lessons, affirming their superiority in the hierarchy of world golf. The fact is that we have a right to be dismayed by the performance of a European team that appeared fragile, timid, almost pre-beaten, like a completely passive Rory McIlroy during doubles days.
And inevitably, in these cases, the first criticism comes from Captain Padraig Harrington. Where Steve Stricker, his American counterpart, picked a very young formation (29 years old on average) with six rookies, the Irish mentor played the experience card with players such as Westwood (48 years old), Paul Casey (44) or Westwood (48). With Ian Poulter (45) and only three starters (Lori, Hovland and Weisberger). The flop was total.
“I believe that in the future it will be necessary to rejuvenate the authorities and leave room for a new generation,” said Nicholas Colserts, who was present as a British television consultant in the Whistling Straits during the three days. Brothers Nikolai and Rasmus Hojgaard, Scotsman Robert McIntyre, Frenchman Victor Perez or, of course, Thomas Detri could invite themselves to the party during the 2023 edition in Rome. In any case, it will be an electric shock.
In recent years, in the shoes of an outsider, Europe had taken full advantage of the tension and rivalry within the American team. Even Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson – absent in Wisconsin – were singled out for their individualism. This time, the American faction was completely united. “We make a group of friends. We have all known each other since university times. We grew up on the greens together. And, this time, we were really on a mission” summarizes Jordan Spieth.
With this kind of motivation and 8 World Top 10 members on the team, America was unstoppable, as were Dustin Johnson (the winner of his five matches), Bryson DeChambeau (who came to the show with his drive) or Colin Morikawa (with his irony). Extraordinary with) and which brought half the point of the coronation).
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