Fulfilling the anticipated script, the great team from the United States snatched the Ryder Cup from Europe by winning 19-9 in Whistling Straits (Wisconsin), the most resounding score since in 1979 tedium allowed the arrival of continental players to bolster the British Isles team. It is the third American victory in the last ten editions, a victory that fuels the rivalry between both sides, necessary for the metrics of American television audiences.
The 2021 edition, which resisted under the name of the 2020 Ryder Cup due to the transfer due to the pandemic, raised above all Dustin Johnson, a five-point winner (the first American plenary session since Larry Nelson in 1979), and Steve Stricker, the captain whose six choices - four rookies - responded forcefully. He made a 'dream team' and with a future. The objective now will be to win in Rome 2023, 30 years after doing so for the last time on European soil.
Europe, for its part, suffered a stinging defeat. Wiesberger, Casey and Fitzpatrick did not add a point. Westwood did it in the garbage minutes with the sentenced Ryder. Perhaps the time has also come to reflect on the suitability of the selection process. Europe only has three captain's elections. None of the players who have gone empty, ranked on merit, have won a tournament in the last four months. And only Wiesberger in the last eight, in a minor tournament like the Danish Open.
Padraig Harrington had only one trump card. Align the best that she had in front of her and that a hypothetical favorable raid would change the climate that had been created during the sessions in pairs. To do this, he entrusted, as in Paris 2018, to Rory McIlroy, a charismatic player, who in Wisconsin has lived a nightmare. The Northern Irishman and his performance could score on Sunday.
McIlroy played his role. Helped by some mistake by Xander Schauffele, the Olympic champion, the Northern Irishman took the initiative and did not let go. He hadn't done anything in the entire Ryder so far, but his match took on a European tone from the start. "I should have done more for the team," he said through tears on Sky Sport. "I'm glad I gave the point, but it's been a tough week," he added. The bad thing was the American barrage that followed this game.
Patrick Cantlay, an infallible golfer on the greens, perhaps the best, did not concede an option on the first few holes to Shane Lowry, a cheeky man who did not care that the public harassed Harrington's team. Scottie Scheffler, the rookie with less focus, subjected Jon Rahm to whom he came to lead in four holes. Behind, DeChambeau commanded against Sergio García and Morikawa, a player who comes out of Wisconsin very strengthened as the dominator of this competition, beat the Norwegian Viktor Hovland by another two, in a duel with a university aroma. In this scenario, the United States did not suffer in the slightest. The European strategy was to take advantage in those games and it was not happening.
None of the games in front had a stark distance, except for Scheffler, who had returned to the top 4 against Jon, but the board was absolutely red. When Rory put the first point for Europe, the projections were alarming 20.5 to 7.5, the biggest difference in history when Ryder is played to 28 points, with nine games for the Americans in favor. Without a demanding rough, with wide fairways, the game focused on a contest on the greens, where the Americans are true masters. And, this time, in addition, they left them closer. Europe only won the first and the last game.
Despite McIlroy's redemption, everything that followed was dire for Harrington's team. In just two minutes, Jon lost his match (4 and 3), like Lowry (4 and 2). Only Ian Poulter emerged against Tony Finau. He was the other big name from the European team who had roamed Whistling Straits and victory will soften any comment. What is left over, in view of his history. His tears on the green show his love for this competition.
DeChambeau finished off Sergio García on the 16th hole (3 and 2) and offered the honor to Morikawa on a platter, who with a lucky shot on the difficult 17th hole (par 3) at 40 centimeters, secured the midpoint that gave the cup to the United States. The stands went crazy with the "U-S-A, U-S-A". And the American team breathed. One more defeat would have been unbearable. Now the future belongs to them. Even Koepka and DeChambeau gave each other a sheepish hug. A new era opens.
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McIlroy(EUR) to Schauffele, by 3 and 2.
Cantlay (USA) to Lowry, by 4 and 2
Scheffler (USA) to Jon Rahm, by 4 and 3.
DeChambeau (USA) to Sergio García, by 3 and 2.
Morikawa (USA) and Hovland, tie.
D. Johnson (USA) to Casey, 1 up.
Koepka (USA) to Wiesberger, 2 and 1.
Poulter (EUR) to Finau, 3 and 2.
Thomas (USA) to Hatton, 4 and 3.
Westwood (EUR) to English, 1 up.
Spieth (USA) and Fleetwood, tie.
Berger (USA) to Fitzpatrick, 1 up