Ryder Cup: Europe's Dominance Is Complete
In retrospect, only one American team memeber did his homework well in advance of this year's Ryder Cup.
That'd be Justin Thomas.
Notably, dude was Team USA's most successful competitor on the weekend, going 4-1 in his matches.
Or else you're gonna get your patootie pounded by those who know it.
Above all else, that was the prime takeaway as Team Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup with a convincing 17½-10½ demoliton of Team USA that was so complete, it'll only be a matter of time before American finger-pointing comes outta the shadows.
Most of them can be laid at the feet of incredibly poor course strategies. Albatros, with its narrow fairways, tough rough, and imposing water hazards, is not built for bombers like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Dudes didn't adjust and got crushed.
They weren't alone.
Fittingly and predictably, the point that put Europe over the top came from British Open champ Francesco Molinari.
As horrid as Phil Mickelson's been this weekend, the only surprise is he didn't get 6&5'd in the singles:
The Italian's 5-0 record this weekend puts him in stratospheric company.
Thomas made the trip to play here at the French Open, and it's showed all weekend.
Dude's experience helped him fend off a strong challenge from Rory McIlroy in the singles:
Dude stated the obvious that Jordan Spieth didn't want anything to do with him and gave himself some cover for being left outta both Saturday's and Sunday's foursomes by winning his singles match:
Where was that on Friday and Saturday?
Most likely all that remained after he joined Johnson and Koepka in believing a scorched earth policy could tame the Albatros.
Overall, the Europeans had quite the pleasant Sunday stroll:
Finau had a hand in both of those points. Maybe he could've been utilized more.
And so it goes.
Absolutely nothing in golf compares to the Ryder Cup in terms of carnival atmosphere and how individual players react to it. When the Europeans are on home turf, they bask in it.
At least it means they care.