Americans Leap To Stunning Ryder Cup Victory
The Americans on Sunday won a great deal more than just their first Ryder Cup trophy since 2016. They did so with a younger-than-ever team of guns – in fact, the youngest team ever to compete in the history of the event.
It would be one of the newcomers that would take down the No. 1 player in the world this year as American Scottie Scheffler scored a phenomenal 4-and-3 victory over Jon Rahm along the shores of Lake Michigan.
And with Scheffler one of six newcomers on Team America, it would be a youthful and energetic victory all round.
Morikawa Has The Final Say
But Scheffler’s striking power aside, it would ultimately be the 24-year-old Collin Morikawa – the youngest member of the team – dealing the death blow to the Europeans. Already a two-time Major champion, Morikawa sunk a beautifully placed 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. This awarded Team USA the 14 ½ points they needed to seal the deal ahead of their European counterparts.
Patrick Cantlay, too, had much to celebrate after a week of unbeaten play and a stunning victory over Shane Lowry. Confident in his team’s abilities and in a celebratory mood of note, Cantlay said he woke up on Sunday morning with a desire to tell his teammates to just get to 20 points.
His idea had been to send a message, said Cantlay, and to direct that message at the young talent now on the team. This is a band of players he said he thought was going to be on the Ryder Cup teams for a very long time, and he wanted to give them something of a boost and a motivation.
Old And Young Came Together
Sunday’s winning tally meant the Americans were already ahead of their opponents while still racking up points. This means theirs is this year the most lopsided victory in the history of the competition.
With cheering crowds at the tees, the gallery had the biggest of them all for US captain Steve Stricker. The teary-eyed captain said on Sunday the win ushered in a whole new era for golf in America. The team this year came with a lot of passion, energy, and raw game, explained an elated Stricker.
But it wasn’t only the youth making their mark. The 37-year-old Dustin Johnson, too, played a prime game that led to a perfect week and a stellar victory over Paul Casey.
The stunning combination of Johnson, Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Cantlay, is one the Americans will be looking hard to repeat.