Ryder Cup 2021 to the United States, from Lake Michigan a goodbye to Rome for the 2023 edition
The Ryder Cup 2021, edition number 43, goes to the United States which, in Wisconsin, outnumber Europe by 19 to 9. Since 1979 neither team has managed to beat the other by such a large margin. At Kohler’s Whistling Straits Golf Course the team led by Steve Stricker (born and raised in Wisconsin) takes back the trophy and, as happened five years ago in Minnesota, returns to win in front of their audience. Bitter defeat for Europe, with Rory McIlroy in tears and the desire to put a very heavy disappointment behind him soon.
Dustin Johnson protagonist
In the stars and stripes team, the absolute star of the Ryder Cup 2021 was Dustin Johnson. Second in the world ranking, he gave the United States five points by winning all the matches played. As he did at Francesco Molinari in 2018 in Paris. The last American to succeed in this feat was, in 1979, Larry Nelson. Johnson also received the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award, to be shared with the Spaniard Sergio Garcia, an acknowledgment received by the two for sportsmanship, teamwork and performance.
Next appointment in 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club
The Ryder Cup will be back in the spotlight in 2023 when, at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club and for the first time in Italy, the expected challenge between Europe and the USA will be held.
US triumph, Europe disappointment
The Ryder Cup 2021 went one way. In doubles as in singles, the US dominated, with Europe never playing. Leading by 6 to 2 after the first day, the United States have lengthened their pace and closed the second at 11 to 5. In search of an authentic sporting miracle, in the 12 single matches the Old Continent has conquered a total of four points against the eight of the Americans. Rory McIlroy deluded the guests by 3/2 overtaking Xander Schauffele, gold medalist at the Tokyo Games. The reaction of the USA was immediate with Patrick Cantlay (his tournament was excellent) who beat Shane Lowry 4/2.
The match plays of Scottie Scheffler
Afterwards it was the turn of Scottie Scheffler, a player who exalts himself in match play, to take the satisfaction of clearly defeating (4/3) Jon Rahm, the last of the Continentals to give up and the first player to win 3.5 points in the Ryder Cup since number 1 in the world. Then Bryson DeChambeau knocked out (3/2) another Iberian, Sergio Garcia (record holder for points scored and matches won in the Ryder Cup). To concede the half point of glory was Collin Morikawa, blocked on par by Viktor Hovland. With the United States now unreachable, the party of American fans was unleashed in the stands. Thus redeemed the debacle of Paris 2018 (when the continentals won by 17.5 to 10.5).
Stricker, US captain: “This is the strongest team in the history of the Ryder Cup”
Steve Stricker, US captain, commented: “This is the strongest team in the history of the Ryder Cup. It is the victory of the group, of a team that played fantastic and dominated the opponent. I have never won a Grand Slam tournament but now I can say that this success is my major ”.
Padraig Harrington, Europe captain: “Great regret, but deserved success
“The disappointment is great but the United States deserved the success, playing better. However, it was an exciting competition where the large audience present gave further impetus to the US “.
From Wisconsin a window on the Italian Ryder Cup
For the spectators present at the Whistling Straits Golf Course, the Italian Golf Federation has created an interactive Info Point: a window on Italy, with a focus on the experience on the green in Italian clubs surrounded by the beauty of the area. There is also space for fun with a game simulator (which reproduced the course of Marco Simone) and a golf quiz.