U.S. completes the task, wins emotional Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. – A U.S. Ryder Cup team that has spent the better part of two decades finding new and interesting ways to produce the same demoralizing result now owns a system, a blueprint and, most importantly, a dominant victory.

In task-force meetings, conference calls and late-night group chats, they envisioned what this day would look like.

And so it looked like Tiger Woods, striding onto the range, hands stuffed into his USA team windbreaker, to give Jordan Spieth a knowing nod and Patrick Reed a final fist bump. It wasn’t so much the words that were exchanged; it was the belief instilled in the players from knowing that Woods – THE Tiger Woods, the legend these 20-somethings grew up idolizing – expressed supreme confidence in their games. They couldn’t help but puff out their chests.

It looked like Phil Mickelson, the de facto playing captain, a veteran of 11 consecutive cups, giving dog tags to the team with the words “2016 Hazeltine” and “The Beginning” engraved on each side. Less than 24 hours later, he was skying six inches off the ground, celebrating his 10th and final birdie of the day.

It looked like Ryan Moore, the controversial 11th-hour pick, earning the final point of this 17-11 blowout and collapsing into his captain’s arms.

And it looked like this: a news conference with 12 players, five assistants and one captain, popping champagne bottles and giggling at inside jokes.

“This team has been questioned and beat up for a long time,” Love said, “and I’m proud of the way they came together and the way they played and the way they represented their country.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 03 Oct 2016 09:22:56



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