Once again, the top players of Europe proved too formidable for the U.S. team, as Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup with a convincing 17.5 – 10.5 margin the team match play event.
Europe were ahead 10 – 6 heading into the last day, which featured 12 singles matches to conclude the competition.
Match play does not seem to be a strong suit of the Yanks and a team format may be even more problematical, but predicting the outcome of golf of any sort is the sort of thing not even the best crystal ball can facilitate.
One the one hand, there was Webb Simpson of the U.S. beating Justin Rose, but on the other, Europe’s Jon Rahm got the better of the contest between him and Tiger Woods.
Of the 12 matches, the only one halved was the one between Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey.
Early on during the course of singles play in France, the U.S. looked as though a comeback was in the offing, but with a four-point advantage, Europe had only to maintain that advantage.
Europe wound up winning seven of the matches to stretch their advantage and the U.S. team will go home after failing to win on foreign soil in 25 years.
From the first year the Ryder Cup was contested in 1927, a total of 22 times, the Americans won 19 times. Up until 1977, it was a U.S, versus Great Britain affair. In 1979, to introduce some balance, players from other European countries were added to the mix.
Europe won for the first time in England in 1985.
Since 1977, the Ryder Cup has been played 20 times, with Europe victories on 12 occasions.
The early matches, wins by Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Webb Simpson, along with the half point Brooks Koepka earned from his tie with Paul Casey, found the American team within one point of Europe, but of the remaining matches, Patrick Reed was the only American winner.