Ryan Moore with a 2-putt to seal the US victory and end the European win streak at 3. Below is a brief analysis of some of Sunday’s head-to-head match-ups.
- Spieth loses to Stenson, Jordan is now 0-4-0 in singles matches in Ryder/Presidents Cup. Jordan didn’t putt well and Stenson took advantage of every mistake made.
- Reed and McIlroy was an absolute battle. They looked like two heavyweights throwing hay-maker after hay-maker. The energy, the excitement, the trash talk was incredible. Patrick Reed was too much in the end as he took the point for the Americans.
- Phil and Sergio was my match of the day when I saw the pairings and it sure as hell lived up to that billing. Both guys went on runs and kept hitting big putt after big putt. This is the ONLY time I will ever cheer for Mickleson and he did not disappoint. Phil played an unbelievable round to the tune of TEN birdies. But Sergio was not to be out-done and the men halved the match in arguably the best we’ve seen in a long time.
- Thomas Pieters was incredible all weekend as he finished his first ever Ryder Cup with a 4-1 record, beating JB Holmes 3 & 2 on Sunday.
- Rickie Fowler made some huge shots when he needed to and gave the US a huge point in the upset of the day. For as well as Rickie played, Justin Rose was that bad, continuously leaving the door open and missing putts he typically hits.
- Cabrera Bello was the other pleasant surprise for the Europeans, he played so well all weekend and easily took care of Jimmy Walker on Sunday 3 & 2.
- Brandt Snedeker was as solid as could be winning his match 3 & 1.
- Koepka dominated Willett on Sunday 5 & 4, ending each of their Ryder Cup in polar-opposite fashion. Koepka, the American rookie, went 3-1, while Willett, the European rookie, finished 0-3.
- Ryan Moore, the man who clinched it for the US had an amazing comeback in the final three holes. He was down 2 when he eagled 16, birdied 17 to bring the match back to all-square and then was able to take advantage of Westwood’s mistakes and seal the deal.
What a great and much needed win for the United States. The crowd, for the most part, was well-behaved and brought a ton of energy all weekend. The next Ryder Cup will be played in 2018, and for just the 2nd time in the Cup’s history, it will be played in Continental Europe. France’s L’Albatros Course will be the host of the 2018 Ryder Cup.