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2018 Ryder Cup wrap up.


I can't believe I didn't see it happening. Europe were realistically only ever going to the be the winners here.

The course was tight and tactical, the Europeans had the players for it, and they traditionally always gel so well as a team. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but the Americans just looked like a team that thought they could go over there and land a few big punches, then enjoy some high 5s and a cigar afterwards.

That's not Ryder Cup golf, especially in Europe. Even in the singles which though competitive in the start, also ended with Europe running riot.

Europe were simply superb. Molinari's 5 points made history and capped off a superb year. Tommy Fleetwood unsurprisingly is well suited to Ryder Cup golf, and Poulter is still the go-to guy in this event.

What can the Americans take out of this, other than their heaviest defeat?

Well perhaps for their players to be more like Justin Thomas. He was the only guy that made the effort to go over to the course and play the French Open a few months ago. Many people are trying to make light of this saying that pro golfers don't need a lot of time to work a course out. But there is a big difference between working a course out, and feeling comfortable.

The Americans couldn't hit fairways, and they couldn't sink putts.

17.5 to 10.5

That's a bloody thrashing!

This draws an unfortunate end to the Ryder Cup careers of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, combined they didn't even register a point at the event. Not a single point.

Where to the Americans from here then?

Well they will set up a bombers delight at Whistling Straits in 2020, and pack in the hoards of unbearable U-S-A chanters and probably sneak an unpleasant win. But what on earth can this team do to turn things around on European soil again in 2022?

Whatever the answer to that is, the Ryder Cup really is so incredibly special. My personal favourite event in sport, and each new playing of it reminds me of this.


Friday fourballs: Europe 1-3 USA

Friday foursomes: Europe 4-0 USA

Saturday fourballs: Europe 3-1 USA

Saturday foursomes: Europe 2-2 USA

Sunday singles: Europe 7.5 - 4.5 USA

Final: Europe 17.5 - 10.5 USA

Tags: ryder cup 2018, ryder cup, tommy fleetwood, francesco molinari, tiger woods, le golf nationale


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