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America’s stars win the Ryder Cup

There was no miracle. Not even close. The stars of the United States buried any attempt at a reaction from Europe in the 12 individual duels of the last day of the Ryder Cup and recovered the trophy that the continental troop wore since Paris 2018. Whistling Straits was not Medinah 2012, when the boys who then Captained by José María Olazabal, they turned around a 10-6 against the Chicago fans on Sunday. This time, in Wisconsin, Europe couldn’t even open its mouth. A red tide passed over the boys in blue. Not even their fittest players, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, managed to inject a modicum of hope into the European team.

The stars of the United States shone everywhere on the field. It was in the melee on Sunday that the Stricker boys exhibited all the potential reflected in the world ranking (eight in the top 10, Rahm as the only European). In the short distances, in the face to face, they were unstoppable. Only Rahm and Garcia had stood up to them in the foursomes (each pair with a ball) and fourballs (each player with his ball) on Friday and Saturday. Three matches as a couple and three victories for the Spanish. Lost the magic of their invincible connection, the world number one and the top scorer in the history of the competition vanished. Rahm fell to Scheffler 4 & 3 (four holes clear with three left) and Garcia succumbed to gunner Bryson DeChambeau 3 & 2. As a couple they overwhelmed. Separately, it was as if they had lost half of their being, a sign that they both feel Ryder is a team game. Garcia’s loss went up 14-6 to the scoreboard. The United States was only half a point short, and Morikawa assured it against Hovland. Thus was crowned what has been possibly the most powerful American team ever assembled.

Rahm’s case is curious. In his debut in the Ryder, in Paris 2018, he lost the duels in pairs and won his individual appointment, none other than Tiger Woods. The opposite of 2021. He won it all shoulder to shoulder with García. He was unrecognizable riding alone. Sign of its transformation into Ryder man, heir to Seve, Olazabal and García himself. Without the points of his star and almost no other teammates (McIlroy and Poulter did beat Schauffele and Finau), the scoreboard was dyed the red of a volcano.

Waiting for the next rematch (in the Ryder there are always rematches), in Rome 2023, the United States wiped Europe off the map with a win from another era. After four victories in the past five editions, 9 out of 12, the old continent gave up the cup with hardly any resistance. McIlroy ended up crying, blaming himself for having failed his teammates. At Ryder it’s all or nothing, glory or crying.

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