KOHLER, Wisconsin, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Ryder Cup rookies that helped ship a dominant win over Europe on Sunday not solely confirmed that have could also be overrated but additionally despatched a message that the Americans are well-positioned for a sustained run of success within the staff occasion.
Having six Ryder Cup debutants on a 12-man staff – essentially the most on an American squad since 2008 – raised some questions on how they might deal with the pressure-packed surroundings however every got here by way of and confirmed their mettle.
Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Daniel Berger and Harris English went a mixed 14-4-3 at Whistling Straits the place additionally they performed a key position in Sunday’s singles session.
“This is going to be the next era of Ryder Cup teams for the U.S. side,” stated Cantlay, who wrapped up his 3-0-1 week with a 4&2 win over Shane Lowry within the day’s second match.
“The young guys on this team get along really well. Everyone has that killer instinct and we are going to bring that to future Cups.”
Europe, a close-knit and battle-tested group, had been the dominant Ryder Cup staff over the past 26 years however the tide may very well be altering if the previous three days are any indication.
In the primary Ryder Cup since 1993 with out Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson on the U.S. taking part in roster, the fearless rookies confirmed they had been unfazed by the duty at hand.
U.S. captain Steve Stricker despatched 4 rookies out within the first 5 singles matches and the transfer paid off as three of them returned factors, together with Morikawa who halved his match with Viktor Hovland to clinch the Ryder Cup.
Morikawa dealt the ultimate blow to a European staff whose hopes had been hanging by a thread when he struck a shocking tee shot to 3 toes on the par-three seventeenth gap to go 1UP.
“It means so much,” stated Morikawa, who went 4-0 in his Ryder Cup debut. “To clinch this and bring the Cup back to home soil it feels so good.”
Schauffele fell to McIlroy within the day’s first singles match for his solely loss on the week however went a formidable 3-1 in his first Ryder Cup.
Scheffler (2-0-1) put the primary U.S. level on the board with a 4&3 win over world primary Jon Rahm. In the later matches, with the Ryder Cup already determined, English (1-2) misplaced on the ultimate gap to Lee Westwood and Berger (2-1) earned a 1UP win over Matthew Fitzpatrick.
“This is a new era for USA golf,” stated Stricker. “They are young. They come with a lot of passion, a lot of energy, a lot of game. They are just so good.”