Congratulations to Team USA for winning the 2016 Ryder Cup. It was their first win since 2008 and they finally executed as advertised.
I am not sure if you watched the 12 singles matches, well I sure did. I missed most of the two previous days, but Sunday was my day to fully immerse in all things Ryder Cup. As I watched the emotions rise and fall like the tide at the Bay of Funday, I was struck by the intensity exhibited by every player.
The early matches were riveting. The back and forth lead changes were epic and it was unclear through the entire rounds who would rise to the top. Many of the rounds were akin to heavy weight boxers trading blow after blow until one of the players could not take it any longer.
My favorite round was, of course, Phil Mickelson against Sergio Garcia. Between them, they shot 19 birdies and halved the match. It was incredible to see these great players make putt after putt. Neither could gain an edge! Their short game was amazing and if that is not enough incentive to practice your short game, then nothing is.
The match between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy was also epic….for 12 holes. They were by far the most intense and interactive with the fans. Their responses resembled basketball, football, and baseball players who make a game winning play. I saw it was an epic match for 12 holes because the last 6 were not as entertaining. I think that Rory McIlroy expended too much energy early in the match and could not knock off Patrick Reed. McIlroy faded in the end and Reed came out the victor.
The 2016 Ryder Cup had many other aspects of great play that I will examine later in the year. For now, it is suffice to say that Team USA earned the win and were a better team on the last day.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!