Team USA Celebrates Winning the 2016 Ryder Cup
Chaska, Minnesota – In the 41st edition of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, Team USA was in desperate need of a victory. A Task Force, 5 vice captains, the inspiration of The King and a young hero culminated in a decisive 17-11 victory over Team Europe.
That young hero was Patrick Reed, playing in the first match out of the gates on Sunday this would be perhaps the most epic singles match in Ryder Cup history. Birdie were abound in this duel where putts dropped from everywhere in a “what you can do, I can do better” type of tilt, each continued to top each other and the volume reached a fevered pitch among the Minnesota faithful. The match came down to the last with Rory in tight for birdie. Reed had a must make to take down Europe’s giant, and poured in the final roll to take down the road team’s alpha and seal the momentum going forward throughout Sunday. In doing so, Reed upped his Ryder Cup record to 6-1-2 and 2-0 in singles for his career (The team of Reed/Spieth also improved their Ryder Cup career mark to 4-1-2).
Another match that will one day become legend was the Mickelson vs Sergio Garcia. Each player made clutch putts down the stretch to shoot 63 and gain a halve – 19 birdies in all. Mickelson who played with perhaps more pressure than anyone this week, showed up big with a 2-1-1 record. For Captain Davis Love III it was sweet redemption for Medinah in 2012, where the biggest lead was lost in a Seve inspired performance by the Europeans.
After the matches, Spieth summed up the thoughts of many calling his playing partner Patrick Reed an “American Hero” this week . . . and that’s exactly what Team USA needed. Just as the Euro’s channeled Seve at Medinah, The Yanks were fueled by the memory of Arnold Palmer.
The 2018 Ryder Cup Matches will be resume at Le Golf Nacional in Paris, France.
Match scores: http://www.rydercup.com/