From the day he was named Captain of the Ryder Cup Team, Davis Love III was on a mission. On Sunday, that mission was accomplished as the U.S. won their first Ryder Cup since 2008, 17-11.
While the squad may not have been the strongest on paper, Love was one individual that disagreed, calling them “the greatest ever assembled.” Some may consider the statement self-serving but given the results, maybe it shouldn’t be dismissed as mere hyperbole.
From the first match, everything seemed to align just right for the U.S. From choosing the team to the pairings in match play, Love made the right calls. The best move may have been pairing Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. That duo led the charge to a three-point lead heading into Sunday singles action.
While Love and Company enjoyed the home course advantage playing at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, there was a bit of poetic justice on display as well.
Teammates such as Reed, Speith, Dustin Johnson and fan favorite Phil Mickelson garnered most of the attention heading into the weekend. However, it was Ryan Moore, the final addition to the team by Love only a week ago who secured the margin of victory with a win over Lee Westwood.
While golf galleries are traditionally staid and quiet, the Ryder Cup is different in many ways. While no rowdy fans were escorted from the premises on Sunday (as had been the case on the previous day), the crowd still broke with tradition. As European Captain Darren Clarke recognized golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who died earlier in the week during a speech, the crowd piped up with chants of “Arnold Palmer…..Arnold Palmer…….”
The next Ryder Cup matches will be held in 2018 in Paris.