Record-breaking USA complete humiliating 'slaughter by the water' to regain Ryder Cup

The 43rd Ryder Cup went the way of the Americans - GETTY IMAGES
Rory McIlroy was crying and his continent understood why. "I love my teammates so much and I should have done more for them," said the Northern Irishman as the canals flowed shamelessly. "I can't wait to get another chance."
McIlroy had just won his singles, but the red scoreboard told him that the 43rd Ryder Cup was over before the USA won the 19: 9 record. It was everywhere except the glee. And of course the tears.
Ian Poulter was another who won and cried while Steve Stricker's emotions were opposite in nature. "Speechless - everything about it, these guys all came together," said the US captain before dropping the bomb. “I mean, Brooks [Koepka] and Bryson [DeChambeau] wanted to play together; That is how much this team has come together. "
The Slaughter by the Water, The Wake by the Lake, Dire Straits ... Whatever the definition of this competition, there can be no doubt that it has been humiliating for Europe as the US is finally seeing its first consecutive year in 38 years Home games won years.
When Collin Morikawa cut himself in half with Viktor Hovland, thus ensuring that Stricker's men achieved the required 14 1/2 points on the scoreboard to recapture the trophy, there were still seven matches left on the field. It was 3:52 p.m. and the champagne bottles had already been emptied.
It was McIlroy's reaction, however, that would become the final picture of this Sunday; at least in these golf countries of blue and gold. The four-time major winner lost three out of three in the first two days and when he scored a point for Europe for the last time, he beat Xander Schauffele, 3 & 2, and did not want to take the slightest consolation.
“I have never cried or cried emotionally about what I did as an individual. “But this team and how it feels to be part of it is phenomenal. It's by far the best experience in golf, and I hope little boys and girls who watch this today will aspire to. "
In truth, it wasn't all on McIlroy's shoulders. This was a team effort as few could hold their heads up. Of course, the grief could not be unleashed on Saturday evening, but then the result with the score of 11: 5 became obvious and all paths to redemption were blocked.
An emotional McIlroy suffered a sobering Ryder Cup - GETTY IMAGES
At that point, no one in their right mind could seriously have thought of a comeback for Medinah plus, of that dozen even starting to replicate the 2012 Resurrection Artists, but if there was a glimmer of optimism it was wiped out as soon as Scottie Scheffler, the US debutant, who still managed to win on the PGA Tour, tore up the world's number 1, Jon Rahm, in the third match and finished four after four thanks to a birdies quartet.
It was one of those election night moments when a safe seat is turned over and the realization struck through that this will not be just a shameful defeat, it will be a landslide. Rahm was gone and the few European fans present were preparing for a short afternoon that was going to feel really long.
Rahm was eventually sent to 4 & 2, his first loss of the week. Sergio Garcia left 20 minutes later, defeating DeChambeau 3 & 2. This was also Garcia's only reversal of the game. The Spanish Armada had no excuses, no guilt. Without the heirs of Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, the fleet would have sunk even earlier.
DeChambeau reveled in his newfound popularity and why not. He delivered one of the highlights of the entire contest on the 354 yard first hole when he dared to head for the green and then converted the 40-footer for an eagle. It was weird to watch DeChambeau's caddy Brian Zeigler hand the putter to his employer before he left the tea box, and he held it up as he strutted past the ecstatic hustle and bustle.
The Mad Scientist or The Incredible Bulk, it didn't matter. At that moment he was her superhero, and his power seemed to sum up America's vast power. DeChambeau was finally being admired for who he was without a single "Brooksie" taunt within earshot. That silly feud is now certainly blessed a thing of the past.
"It's amazing, the atmosphere is electric and I wouldn't want it any other way," said DeChambeau. “It's quite a scene to remember for a lifetime. We are a team. We got together here this week. Even if we are competitors, we can all be friends and have unity. "
DeChambeau was finally being admired for who he is without a single "Brooksie" taunt within earshot - AP
Call it unity in brilliance, togetherness in excellence. World number 2 Dustin Johnson was the game's obvious MVP, emulating Francesco Molinari's 2018 performance by making it five out of five when he saw Paul Casey on the 18th. It was essentially about the new generation. Stricker must be commended for holding fast to his belief in youth and for inspiring a changing of the guard.
World number 4 Patrick Cantlay went undefeated on his debut and increased his 21/2 points by slashing Lowry with 4 & 2. Lowry had held a celebratory jig on the 18th green the night before after he and Tyrrell Hatton beat Harris English and Tony Finau, but this was a dismal march now. It's terrifying to imagine how good this US team can be when they are all grown up.
"This will be the next era of the Ryder Cup for the US," said Cantlay. “We have a lot of young people and I think they will be in teams for a long time. We sent rookies in four of the first five games. I mean this is unheard of. Each of them have this killer instinct and we will bring it to future cups. Listen to this noise. "
The fans have not covered themselves with fame here, with their incessant booing of the visitors and their pointless heckling. But after nine losses in the last twelve Ryder Cups, four in the last five, they shouldn't be scolded for their excitement.
They stayed until the last knock, crying out for a merciless massacre. And it looked as if the USA could be the first team in modern times - after GB&I became Europe in 1979 - to reach the 20-point mark.
But Poulter defeated Tony Finau 3 & 2, Lee Westwood came back from two behind, four games to beat Harris English on the 18th - the veteran ended his six-game losing streak - and Tommy Fleetwood cut in half with Jordan Spieth.
The US was still able to claim a new trademark when Matt Fitzpatrick was denied on the 18th by Daniel Berger, who managed the 18 1 / 2-9 1/2 shellac they managed in 1981 and Europe in 2004 and 2006, surpassed deserved.
"The US are a strong team, they got their plan right, they started well, they got some momentum," confirmed Harrington. “They just played us out. The only thing I can walk away with is that I'm very comfortable with all of the decisions all the time. It's a little comfort, but it's a comfort. "Others may think differently.
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