USA Dominates in Ryder Cup
Every two years, the best professional golfers from the United States and Europe get together to participate in one of the fiercest competitions in sports: The Ryder Cup. The event happens every two years, with the host switching between the two countries. This year, the competition took place in Chaska, Minnesota at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Hazeltine is known for its ruthless rough, and speedy greens, but the United States made it look like a walk in the park.
The competition began on September 30th with the typical morning foursome matches, and then having the afternoon four-ball matches. During the foursome matches, each country will send players out and they will play one ball and switch after each shot. The U.S shot well in the beginning creating a huge 3-1 lead over Europe. Along with this, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed received wins over Runner-Up PGA Tour Player of the Year, Henrik Stenson, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Justin Rose. In Four-Ball, each country sends out two players each, and both will play the hole out and take the lowest score for that hole. The Europeans stormed back, but after day one, the United States held the lead, 5-3.
Saturday the format stays the same, but the Europens won two of the four matches, and also halved a match, which means that the tournament was within a point and a half. The United States needed a successful afternoon to ensure a comfortable lead heading into the Sunday Single Matches. The United States played well and won the afternoon session three matches to one. The last time the Ryder Cup was played in the U.S., the United States held the lead heading into Sunday, but fell apart during play on Sunday. This Sunday was completely the opposite. Patrick Reed started the matches off with a solid win over number two player in the world, Rory McIlroy. This win gave the entire team a huge burst of energy. The United States went onto win 7 of the 12 matches, and tied in two, which gave them a huge 17-11 victory over Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup. This was the first U.S. win since 2008. The next Ryder Cup will be held in Francce at Le Golf National Albatross Course. The next time the USA will host will be in 2020 at Whistling Straights in Madison, Wisconsin.