Why Europe again? It's 'relentless in its pursuit of excellence'

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Pick an excuse, any excuse, for why the U.S. Ryder Cup team is now more than a quarter-century removed from its last road victory. But for all of the breathless buildup every four years, for all of the hand-wringing over the captains, for all of the promotional shoots, news conferences, scouting trips, team meetings, qualifying cutoffs, wildcard debates, selection shows, gala dinners and locker-room bonding sessions, one teeny bit of truth often gets overlooked in the biennial battle between these two juggernauts, at least on this side of the pond:

That Europe usually plays better golf over these three days.

How and why generally still escapes the Americans, no matter how many task forces and committees they form, but the European dominance was unmistakable here at Le Golf National.

The final score of this 42nd Ryder Cup was 17 ½ to 10 ½ – an even more lopsided margin of victory than their rout four years ago at Gleneagles, the unmitigated disaster that supposedly set in motion the process to end all of this U.S. misery. Instead, the Americans will head to Rome in 2022 still looking for their first away win in seven tries.

“I take my cap off,” Furyk said Sunday night. “Thomas (Bjorn) was a better captain, and their team outplayed us. There’s nothing more you can say. They deserved to win. They played well.”

That the world-class European players won at home (and for the ninth time in 12 matches) wasn’t a surprise; it was the decisive manner in which they prevailed – with all 12 players earning at least a point – that left Furyk and the rest of the Americans searching for answers.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 01 Oct 2018 08:55:13

 



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