There was no miracle. Not even close. The US stars buried any attempt at reaction from Europe in 12 singles duels on the final day of the Ryder Cup and took back the trophy that had been worn by the Continental Forces since Paris 2018. Who was then captained by Jose Maria Olazabal, they turned 10-6 against the Chicago fans on Sunday. This time, in Wisconsin, Europe couldn’t even open its mouth. A red tide passed over the boys in blue. Not even their best players, John Ram and Sergio Garcia, were able to inject a modicum of hope into the European team. The 19-9 final is the biggest difference either side has had since Europe competed like this (1979), and the widest difference since 1975 (21-11), when the USA played Great Britain and Ireland.
United States stars shined everywhere on the field. In Sunday’s brawl, the Striker boys showed all the potential that was reflected in the rankings (eight in the top ten, and Ram is the only European). At short distances, head on, they were unstoppable. Only Ram and Garcia stood up to them in Quartet (each pair with a ball) and four balls (Each player with his ball) on Friday and Saturday. Three matches as a pair and three victories for the Spaniards. They lost the magic of their indomitable relationship, and the world number one and top scorer in the history of the competition disappeared. Ram fell on Scheffler 4 and 3 (four clear holes and three left) and Garcia surrendered to Gunners Bryson DeChambeau 3 and 2. As a couple overwhelmed. Separately, it was as if they had lost half of their being, an indication that they both feel that Ryder is a team game. Garcia’s 14-6 loss rose to the scoreboard. The US was only half a point short, and Morikawa reassured them against Hovland. And so, until that 19-9, the team that was probably the strongest American team ever assembled was crowned.
Ram’s case is intriguing. On his Ryder debut, in Paris 2018, he lost duels in pairs and won his singles assignment, with the exception of Tiger Woods. Reverse 2021. He won everything with Garcia. He was unrecognizable riding alone. A sign of her transformation into rider man Sefi’s heir, Olzabal and Garcia himself. Without his star points and almost no teammates (McIlroy, Westwood and Poulter beat Schauffele, English and Finau), the scoreboard was dyed a volcano red.
Waiting for the next rematch (in Ryder there are always rematches), in Rome 2023 the United States wiped Europe off the map with a win from another era. After four victories in the past five editions, 9 out of 12, the Old Continent relinquished the cup without any resistance. McIlroy ended up crying, blaming himself for the failure of his teammates. In the all-or-nothing rider, glory or cry.
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