Phil Mickelson leapt higher than when he won his first Masters.
The last player picked for the team, Moore rallied from three points down in the final three holes, a comeback that was symbolic of America’s Ryder Cup resurgence.
For years this togetherness has been cited as one of the reasons behind Europe’s success, having won eight of the previous ten tournaments.
Though Moore’s victory was the clincher, it was not the match that mesmerized the Hazeltine throng of 50,000-plus, mostly-behaved spectators.
US captain Davis Love III said Mickelson was only trying to set the record straight because “some analysts just keep bringing it up over and over and over again”, though Mickelson mentioned Oakland Hills unprompted in his news conference.
He went back to 2004 when the Americans suffered their worst loss ever in the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills.
The Americans were a team, and that was all that mattered.
Now 46, the five-time major champion will know he is unlikely to face many more contests with Europe as a player.
Local Minnesota golf legend and 2016 USA vice captain Tom Lehman, who led the Americans to one of their worst defeats ever, an 18½-9½ loss in 2006 at the K Club in Ireland, got emotional when speaking about how important it was to bring back the Ryder Cup to American soil.
“The pressure started when some dumb ass opened his mouth two years ago in the media center”, Mickelson said.
“Proud to see our guys bring the trophy back home”, the US President wrote on Twitter.
I think if we were all to be honest about it, I thought the set-up was incredibly weak.
Half a team of rookies created issues for Clarke when it came to his pairings and McIlroy admitted it placed a greater burden on the more experienced players.
Europe, going for its fourth straight victory, never really had a chance.
Patrick Reed, the outstanding performer for the U.S. over the three days, struck an early decisive blow when he beat Rory McIlroy in a pulsating top match. Reed followed with a 35-foot birdie putt, wagging his finger at McIlroy.
The biggest gallery-and the loudest roars, from both players and fans-was reserved for the first match of the day: McIlroy vs. the feistiest American of all, Patrick Reed. It’s an individual sport, and even if you’re there to cheer for your favorite player, he’s playing against the entire field of more than 150 players. This ended Europe’s winning record.
While one United States supporter made headlines when he challenged a group of Europe players during their practice round Thursday – and subsequently won a $100 bet – some of the later interaction was not so friendly. Lee Westwood’s putting deserted him at the wrong time and we were a bit unlucky in a couple of matches.
“The thing about this is that we need to build on this, otherwise, it’s all for naught”, Mickelson said.
Rafael Cabrera Bello, another of the six rookies in the Europe line-up, followed suit against US PGA Champion Jimmy Walker but the middle and bottom of the order showed too much red on the scoreboard, signifying United States dominance.
Henrik Stenson and rookies Thomas Pieters and Rafa Cabrera-Bello closed the gap for Europe, narrowing the U.S. lead to 10 1/2 to 9 1/2, but the Americans held a big edge in the later matches.