Golfers from all over the United States and Europe played in the annual Ryder Cup this weekends in Gleneagles, Scotland. Europe continued its streak of Ryder Cup victories, as it won its 40th tournament. Europe beat the United States by a score of 16.5 points to 11.5 points. The Ryder Cup was clinched when Jamie Donaldson, one of the three rookies for the Europeans, secured a 4 up, with 3 to play victory over Keegan Bradley.
America’s Phil Mickelson was critical of the United States’ captain Tom Watson’s strategy following the team’s defeat.
“Unfortunately, we have strayed from the winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best,” Mickelson told USAToday.com. “I don’t know why we strayed from it. I don’t know why we don’t ever try going back to it.”
Mickelson would later apologize for his remarks towards Watson. The loss is disappointing for Mickelson and Americans everywhere.
A key to Europe’s success was the leadership and poise that was displayed by the team’s captains. Irish captain Paul McGinley has been given a lot of credit for Europe’s victory, and he was an instrumental part in the win.
“I can’t say enough about the captain,” nine-time PGA Tour winner Rory McIlroy said after Europe’s victory. “Paul McGinley has been absolutely immense this week. He has left no stone unturned. He has given this week a lot of thought over the last two years. I am just glad it worked out for him.”
The Irish-born McIlroy won two of his three matches, including a singles match against the United States’ Rickie Fowler. The United States and Europe will face each other in two years at the next Ryder Cup, which will take place on American soil.