Europe’s dominance of the Ryder Cup continued over the weekend as they once again held on to the famous trophy, beating the US team by a clear 16½-11½ margin. As the European victory was met by joyful scenes at Gleneagles, the Americans, having failed to win the Cup since 2008, turned to recrimination. Indeed, Europe have now won an impressive 8 of the last 10 competitions.
Two years ago Europe mounted a dramatic final day comeback to win in what has been dubbed ‘The Miracle at Medinah’, but such was their pre-eminence this time round that by the early afternoon of the final day on Sunday it was clear to the approximate 70,000 crowd it was only a matter of time before they claimed the 14½ points required. Champions Speakers has a wonderful selection of expert golf speakers who can share their Ryder Cup analyses at your business function.
Sunday was all about the singles matches after Europe had secured a 10-6 lead over the course of the foursomes and fourballs on Friday and Saturday. Needing just 4½ points from the day they were clinical in winning five of the matches and drawing three to impose their superiority. Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, the world’s number 1 player, was quick to seize the initiative in his singles match against Rickie Fowler, and Graeme McDowell came from behind to triumph over US rookie Jordan Spieth, who had been unbeatable in the previous two days.
By now it was 12-6 and, despite Stenson losing his match against Patrick Reed, by the time the German Martin Kaymer dispatched Bubba Watson the Europeans were homing in on an historic win. At 4.30 in the afternoon victory was complete for the Europeans when Jamie Donaldson got within two feet of the 15th hole with an astounding approach. Keegan Bradley could not match it and conceded the hole, the point and the Ryder Cup itself.
That four matches were still in progress when European glory was confirmed speaks of domination and this year’s edition of the biggest event in golf is now being described by some as ‘The Gimme in the Glen’. European captain, Paul McGinley, has been widely praised for both his two years of preparations and the way he and his vice-captains handled they players during the competition. The American skipper, Tom Watson, on the other hand faced criticism even from within his own ranks as player Phil Mickelson used the closing press conference to imply Watson’s approach to the Ryder Cup was flawed in comparison to that of Paul Azinger, the last man to lead the US to victory way back in 2008.
McGinley has ruled out captaining the side again in two years’ time but told reporters: “I’m very proud of every one of these players. I couldn’t have asked for an ounce more from them. I’ve been involved in so many Ryder Cups and seen mistakes we’ve made. I’ve changed things a bit, bringing in the fifth vice-captain has been a factor in helping to prepare the guys, especially in the afternoon sessions, but we have had 12 players who have been awesome.”