Europeans celebrate good times at Ryder Cup
September 29, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- The European Ryder Cup team claimed its eighth victory in the past 10 events. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
After taking a commanding 10-6 lead through the first four sessions, Europe finished off another Ryder Cup victory on Sunday.
What was the most memorable shot of the week? Here are a few votes from our Twitter followers:
FIVE STATS TO REMEMBER FROM THIS WEEK
1) Let’s start with the most glaring stat to come out of this week: Europe has now won three consecutive Ryder Cups – tying their all-time best streak – and eight of the past 10. Since the rest of continental Europe joined the Great Britain and Ireland team in 1979, Europe leads 10-7-1.
2) Rory McIlroy made a funny comment in the winner’s news conference Sunday, saying that all this winning “isn’t good for my health” – too much champagne, that is. In fact, McIlroy became the first player to win two majors and a Ryder Cup in the same season since 1977. That player? U.S. captain Tom Watson.
3) For all the questions about Tom Watson’s captaincy, one stat that can’t go overlooked is the record of his Ryder Cup rookies, two of which he paired together for the week. First-timers Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker combined to go 6-2-5, while Reed was the top U.S. point-earner at 3-0-1.
4) The most impressive performance of the week had to be the Saturday morning four-ball match in which Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson, 3 and 2. The former Lake Nona neighbors finished off the match with 10 consecutive birdies and were a record 12 under par when the dust settled. Put another way: Kuchar and Watson were 9 under through 16 holes and got beat by three. In the entire match, just one hole was halved with pars.
5) Just because we have to sneak one Ian Poulter mention in here: Poulter scratched out a halve in his singles match with Webb Simpson on Sunday, although the Cup had already been decided. Why is that important? It means that Poulter, the emotional leader of the European team, remains unbeaten in singles play at the Ryder Cup (4-0-1).
THIS WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1) Sure the Cup had already been clinched, but Jamie Donaldson didn’t know that when he hit this shot at No. 15 to lock up his match with Keegan Bradley.
2) I couldn’t in good conscience give this Patrick Reed video the top spot, but it was certainly the high water mark for American fans this weekend.
3) The best shot of the week – Ryder Cup or not – may have been this one from 17-year-old Christopher Meyers, who made a walk-off albatross at Pebble Beach’s famous 18th hole during the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Meyers, who will be headed to Stanford to play golf, holed this shot to win the Pro-Junior portion of the tournament with partner Lee Janzen.
Christopher Meyers' double eagles No. 18 at Nature Valley First Tee Open
ODDS AND ENDS
There are always plenty of shenanigans to come out of the Ryder Cup victory celebration. Here are a few of my favorites:
Jamie Donaldson was asked in a Monday morning interview if earning the clinching point of the Ryder Cup had sunk in yet. His response:
“No. Because I’m still drunk.”
Of course, the festivities got off to an early start, as Rory McIlroy’s champagne uncorked itself while Zach Johnson and Victor Dubuisson were finishing the day’s last match.
Ian Poulter started the post-round celebration with this team selfie:
Any good.? pic.twitter.com/qtfmruGhsj— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 28, 2014
Poulter then shared the players’ view from the closing ceremonies:
Wow what a view. pic.twitter.com/v1poFKZ1bw— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 28, 2014
From there, things really took off…
Been a good day! Just had a lift home from the police! pic.twitter.com/ryw5vsu7hD— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) September 28, 2014
And of course, things peaked with this photo from Rory McIlroy.
See you guys in two years.