There’s nothing quite like the Ryder Cup, where high-profile professional golfers put their individual accomplishments aside for a weekend and work as an actual team. And America was made proud today as our boys in red, white, and blue took home the trophy from those pretentious cappuccino-sipping Europeans.
(”Give me back my cup!”)
The final day began with the U.S. team up 9-7 on the Europeans. The lead quickly rose when rookie Anthony Kim defeated Europe’s Sergio Garcia, who suffered his worst loss in Ryder Cup history. Following up on that, Kenny Perry, Boo Weekly and J.B. Holmes all won their matches before Jim Furyk finally clinched the cup with a victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez, giving the Americans the necessary 14.5 points.
Even more shocking was that the team won without Tiger Woods, which is kind of like the Patriots winning the Super Bowl after losing Tom Brady.
Dressed in red shirts — the Sunday color of Tiger Woods, who could only watch from home — the Americans erupted into hugs and tears behind the 17th green.
“I poured my heart and soul into this for two years,” U.S. captain Paul Azinger said, his voice cracking.” The players poured their heart and soul into this for one week. They deserved it. I couldn’t be happier.”
The victory is the 7th Ryder Cup win for America since they changed the format in 1979 to focus on the current America vs. Europe rivalry. Unfortunately, Europe still leads with their 8 victories. Until next year, at least, when Tiger comes back and leads us to the Promised Land.