2023 Ryder Cup Recap Team Europe Extends Home Soil Streak

2023 Ryder Cup Recap: Team Europe Extends Home Soil Streak

European Team Starts Fast, Cruises to Ryder Cup Victory to Extend Home Soil Streak. Here is the 2023 Ryder Cup Recap.

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In the weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup, the American team went from around -150 favorites to nearly even money odds by the time the competition got underway. Whether it was a more unified European team or that they were just better on paper, the trend towards Team Europe was spot on.

The European team started fast by jumping out to a 4-0 lead in Friday morning’s matches and was never seriously challenged on their way to winning back the Ryder Cup, 16.5 to 11.5, at Marco Simone Golf Club near Rome.

The win not only atoned for the 10-point win by Team USA two years ago in Wisconsin, but it also kept the European streak of winning on home soil intact. The last U.S. win in Europe was in 1993.

“Nothing beats this week,” Rory McIlroy said. “It’s an amazing experience, and I want to be a part of it for as long as I can. This wasn’t about revenge. This was about redemption and showing what we could do.”

McIlroy famously took the loss two years ago extremely hard. He bounced back by winning the 2022 FedEx Cup, DP World Tour championship, and now, he helped regain the Ryder Cup as the highest point scorer in the competition with a 4-1-0 record.

“We were big underdogs. We started to show some form in the last six months, and I couldn’t be happier with the team I got,” European captain Luke Donald said. “I think these guys will be around for a long time, and we’re going to put up a great fight in two years’ time.” 

“I think everyone sitting here would be very happy to have him again,” McIlroy said of Donald’s run as captain.

The Europeans having three of the top-four golfers in the world paid off. Along with McIlroy’s 4-1-0 record, Jon Rahm was 2-0-2, and Viktor Hovland was 3-0-1. Those three combined for 9.5 points.

Other European standouts included Tyrrell Hatton (3-0-1) and rookie Robert MacIntyre, who was 2-0-1 and defeated U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark in a singles match Sunday.

Tommy Fleetwood, who ended up 3-1-0 after going 4-1-0 five years ago in Paris, was the stopper for the European team. With the Americans winning some early singles matches Sunday, Fleetwood ended any hope of a comeback by clinching the win for the European team with a win over Rickie Fowler.

For the Americans, the struggles started at the top. World’s No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was 0-2-2. The only U.S. player with a winning record for the tournament was Max Homa, who was 3-1-1. 

While the European team had experience at Marco Simone—along with all 12 members playing practice rounds a few weeks ago—just nine of the U.S. team came over to practice, and they hadn’t played a competitive round since August.

Team captain Zach Johnson defended the team’s lead-up to the Cup.

“There’s also something to be said about rest and recovering and getting your game in a position where you can go compete. I mean, these guys have won a lot of golf tournaments with weeks off,” Johnson said.

The Europeans will enjoy keeping the Ryder Cup until Autumn 2025 when it will be contested again at Bethpage Black in New York.

Up Next

The PGA Tour resumes its fall series this week with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, where Mackenzie Hughes will look to defend his title from 2022. The DP World Tour heads to Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which was won by Ryan Fox last year.

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