Task com­pleted as Amer­i­cans win back Ry­der Cup

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

>> This wasn’t about be­ing maybe the best team ever as­sem­bled. The Amer­i­cans were sim­ply a team, and they fi­nally won back the Ry­der Cup.

Phil Mick­el­son led the Amer­i­cans be­hind the scenes. Pa­trick Reed pow­ered them with his pas­sion on the golf course. And it was Ryan Moore, the fi­nal cap­tain’s pick who wasn’t even on the team un­til a week ago Sun­day, who de­liv­ered the cup-clinch­ing point at Hazel­tine.

Moore fin­ished ea­glebirdie-par for a 1-up vic­tory over Lee West­wood, and the cel­e­bra­tion was on.

“When put in the right en­vi­ron­ment, the U.S. team brought out some amaz­ing golf,” Mick­el­son said. “And we’re bring­ing back the Ry­der Cup be­cause of it.”

There was no melt­down like Me­d­i­nah four years ago, when the Amer­i­cans blew a 10-6 lead un­der cap­tain Davis Love III.

Europe never re­ally had a chance.

Reed out­du­eled and out­shouted Rory McIl­roy for a 1-up vic­tory, and by then the back end of the score­board was filled with Amer­i­can red.

The fi­nal score was 1711, the big­gest rout for the United States since 1981. That U.S. team is con­sid­ered the best team ever as­sem­bled with 11 ma­jor cham­pi­ons. In a ra­dio in­ter­view go­ing into the Ry­der Cup, Love was try­ing to ex­plain that the Amer­i­cans didn’t have to do any­thing “su­per hu­man” when he said, “This is the best team maybe ever as­sem­bled.”

Ul­ti­mately, this wasn’t about mea­sur­ing against the past as much as it was build­ing to the fu­ture.

The Amer­i­cans lost for the third straight time in 2014 at Gle­nea­gles, and it was team di­vided over ev­ery­thing from how the cap­tain was se­lected to how the team should be built.

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