43rd Ryder Cup: USA Dominates at Whistling Straits


Zac Antao, Sports Writer

Golf and sports fans around the world waited an extra year to watch the showdown between the top golfers in Europe and America. Just like many other sporting events, the 43rd Ryder Cup was another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed the tournament one year later. The longer wait proved fruitful for the Americans. Team USA walked into Whistling Straits with their highest average world golf ranking per player ever at a remarkable nine. USA defeated Europe by a whopping ten points, ending with a score of 19-9, the largest margin of victory ever in a Ryder Cup since the new scoring system. Dustin Johnson made his 5th appearance at a Ryder Cup and at 37 years old, he became the statesmen of the team for his first time. Johnson led the American squad by example; playing and winning all five matches. Alice Miller, Solheim Cup Captain 1994 and Junior Solheim Cup Captain 2017, said, “As a captain it is great to have a player who is able to show up everyday and deliver for the team. I called Rose Zhang my ‘birdie machine’ in the 2017 Junior Soleim cup, because she was a player who just came off winning an AJGA at -20 and could consistently keep that impressive scoring.” Europe did not walk away with the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2016, but their top player, Jon Rahm (who went pro in 2016), is number one in current world golf rankings. Rahm was able to boast the best match results with three and a half points for the Europe squad. In the first three sessions, Rahm won all of his matches, but unfortunately none of his European teammates were able to replicate his low rounds leaving Europe down 3-9 with only two sessions left. Alice Miller said, “It is difficult when you have to dig yourself out of a hole. Not impossible, but difficult.” Team Europe started a minor charge by halving the 3rd session with the Americans, but USA was too strong individually for Europe to make an unlikely comeback in the Sunday singles. USA’s Ryder Cup rookies came to play and win. The six rookies this year took up half of the team but helped add 15½ of the total points. Gold medal winner Xander Schauffle and 15 million dollar man, Patrick Cantlay (both Ryder Cup rookies), were tied as the 2nd highest point scorers for this year’s Ryder Cup. Another big story for team USA was Scottie Scheffeler. The fun loving 25 year old Texan did not lose a match all week and beat the odds by taking down world number one John Rahm in the Sunday singles, dominating to a four and three victory. Alice Miller said, “As a spectator, I loved seeing these guys having a good time but also performing when they were needed.” USA is once again on top of the golf world; holding both the Presidents and Ryder Cups. A hefty target is on their backs, but that is the price you pay to be a winner.