What a Ry­der Cup that was. What a mag­nif­i­cent Eu­ro­pean win against an Amer­i­can team that “will dom­i­nate the com­pe­ti­tion for the next 10 years.”

It’s no sur­prise Europe won again with the USA im­plod­ing... again. Al­leged fight­ing, Phil (right) declar­ing the course was too hard for him, the self-ti­tled Cap­tain Amer­ica ar­gu­ing with ev­ery­one and some very ques­tion­able de­ci­sions from Jim Furyk – who in their right mind would play Mick­el­son in a four­some?!

But how good were Europe? The rook­ies looked like they had been play­ing Ry­der Cup for years – a vast improve­ment on the rook­ies Dar­ren Clarke had at Hazel­tine. Ser­gio hit­ting some form, jus­ti­fy­ing his pick and be­com­ing the all-time record points scorer; the con­tin­ued suc­cess of Rose and Sten­son; and good cap­taincy from Thomas Bjorn (has he dis­cov­ered a way to stop the ball go­ing so far?).

But a fi­nal word for Francesco Moli­nari. How fit­ting that he should se­cure the point that won us the Cup. Not only be­cause he went un­beaten for the week, but be­cause at Me­d­i­nah in 2012, his half point in the fi­nal match against Tiger won us the tro­phy but seemed to be to­tally over­looked by the me­dia in favour of Martin Kaymer, whose vic­tory en­sued we’d only re­tain it.

Well played Frankie, the only man to se­cure the win­ning points twice.

Phil Bai­ley, Email

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