Nothing gets more analysis and second guessing in golf than the Ryder Cup, and for a change most of it for the 2016 version will focus on Europe and Darren Clarke.
Davis Love III
The USA reclaimed the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 as Darren Clarke’s European team couldn’t recapture the spirit of Medinah in the Sunday singles at Hazeltine.
Rory McIlroy’s emotional celebration at the peak of a toe-to-toe battle with Patrick Reed seemed to suck the inspiration out of Europe’s key man and set in motion the USA’s procession to win the 41st Ryder Cup.
The USA will carry a three-point advantage into the singles in the 41st Ryder Cup after Europe's veterans couldn't sustain the comeback on the second afternoon at Hazeltine.
A thrilling comeback from Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello fuelled Europe's continuing battle back from their opening morning deficit and cut the USA's lead to one point in the 41st Ryder Cup.
Europe rallied from a disastrous morning whitewash – their first since the present format was adopted in 1979 – to give them some hope for the 41st Ryder Cup on a fluctuating first day at Hazeltine National.
Europe suffered their worst opening morning in the Ryder Cup since the event changed format in 1979 and the United States their best since the late Arnold Palmer was captain with an overwhelming foursomes whitewash at Hazeltine.
Danny Willett didn’t even roll his eyes at the questioner; he stared him straight in the eye.
Something’s got to give on the opening morning of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club with captains Davis Love III and Darren Clarke fielding unbeaten partnerships in the opening foursomes.
You can pick your friends, but not your family. Team Europe are desperately distancing themselves from an incendiary article penned by Danny Willett’s brother which described American golf fans as “cretins”.