LOOKING BACK AT 2016.

Team USA breaches European dominance.

One of the most important decisions that golf fans around the world have been looking forward to for two years has been made: After three recent defeats in a row, Team USA won the Ryder Cup again – and significantly. At Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota), the US selection of captain Davis Love III triumphed over Team Europe with Official Partner BMW 17-11.

Revenge for Medinah was successful.

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The path that the 41st Ryder Cup would take soon became clear. On Friday morning, the Americans won the first session 4-0 in front of a frenetic home crowd – and ironically this was in the classic fourball match. This discipline had been a European domain in recent history. From this moment on, the defending champions were lagging behind and were under enormous pressure. This didn't change until the final score of 11-17. It was the Americans' first win in eight years and only the second victory in the previous eight duels. For captain Davis Love III the victory was also personal satisfaction. Four years ago, he – through no fault of his own – as captain had to watch powerlessly as Team Europe transformed a 6-10 deficit into a triumphant victory at the "Miracle at Medinah" on the final day.

THE TEAMS.

Europe

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There was a lot of talk about the Europeans not having enough experience with six rookies in the team. And even if some players, not only newcomers, were not quite able to live up to expectations, the conclusion must be: The US team was simply a little bit better in 2016, particularly on the greens. The team of captain Darren Clarke was also sporting in acknowledging this fact. The positive findings from Hazeltine included the impressive manner in which Rory McIlroy assumed and carried out the leadership role, as well as the four points of Thomas Pieters: Never before had a European player got such a good haul on their debut.

 

The records of the European team at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

  • Rory McIlroy (NIR, 3 wins - 2 losses - 0 halved)
  • Danny Willett (ENG, 0-3-0)
  • Henrik Stenson (SWE, 2-3-0)
  • Chris Wood (ENG, 1-1-0)
  • Sergio García (ESP, 1-2-2)
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP, 2-0-1)
  • Justin Rose (ENG, 2-3-0)
  • Andy Sullivan (ENG, 0-2-0)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG, 0-2-0)
  • Lee Westwood (ENG, wild card, 0-3-0)
  • Martin Kaymer (GER, wild card, 1-3-0)
  • Thomas Pieters (BEL, wild card, 4-1-0)

 

USA

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After the defeat at Gleneagles in 2014, it was time for a change among the Americans. A task force was implemented, the awarding of wild cards was reorganised and team spirit was worked on. This all bore fruit. Team USA got off to a dream start and refused to surrender the lead, headed by an unleashed Patrick Reed. All 12 players were convincing and played their part in the resounding success, which makes the next Ryder Cup in Paris in two years, at which BMW will be the Official Partner, even more exciting now: Will Europe return to winning ways on home turf? Or will the USA be able to keep riding on the wave of success with the "new" team spirit of Hazeltine?

 

The records of the US team at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

  • Dustin Johnson (2 wins - 2 losses - 0 halved)
  • Jordan Spieth (2-2-1)
  • Phil Mickelson (2-1-1)
  • Patrick Reed (3-1-1)
  • Jimmy Walker (1-2-0)
  • Brooks Koepka (3-1-0)
  • Brandt Snedeker (3-0-0)
  • Zach Johnson (2-1-0)
  • Rickie Fowler (wild card, 2-1-0)
  • JB Holmes (wild card, 1-2-0)
  • Matt Kuchar (wild card, 2-2-0)
  • Ryan Moore (wild card, 2-1-0)