(K. Brent Tomer),
BY THE TIME the last players were finishing their rounds, the winner of the 2016 Ryder Cup was already known. Team USA had not fallen behind their European opponents at any point during the three-day competition at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. The tournament is decided using match-play rules, whereby players score points for the number of holes in which they beat their opponents. The Americans established a healthy lead on Friday and Saturday in the foursomes (featuring two opposing pairs, each with a single ball that they take turns to hit) and fourballs (where each player has his own ball). They sealed victory on Sunday with three singles matches remaining.
The final score, with one point awarded for a win and half a point for a draw in each match, was an emphatic 17-11. It was a cathartic success for the Americans. Before last weekend they had triumphed in the prestigious biannual contest just once in the 21st century, and had formed a special “Ryder Cup Task Force” to redress that poor return. European blushes were spared by Martin Kaymer’s late rally which…Continue reading