Saturday, October 23

Historical beating of the United States that caresses the Ryder Cup


Jon Rahm saluda a Brooks Koepka.
Jon Rahm saluda a Brooks Koepka.JONATHAN ERNSTREUTERS
  • Ryder Cup United States crushes Europe despite Spanish resistance

USA caresses the Ryder Cup after the second day where it reached the historic figure of 11 points compared to the five accumulated by the European team. A difference of six points that reduces the chances of European victory to the category of miracle and is that never in the modern history of the competition has no team managed to recover more than four points of disadvantage in the final singles day. All Saturday the shadow of the edition of Medinah of nine years ago it hovered over European heads.

In that miracle Europe rallied from four points in the singles, following a hopeful 3-1 partial victory Saturday afternoon. But this Saturday was different, there were no glances of determination, no rudeness with the public, just a couple of hints of contained euphoria, anger and bullfighting shame. Rahm y Lowry, whose push was insufficient to maintain a favorable scoreboard for Europe. The afternoon ended with a tie at two. Never appeared Rory Mcilroy, either Poulter was decisive, except for three details, or rather, Colin Morikawa neutralized any hint of Poulter’s murderous gaze from nine years ago. Fleetwood and Hovland missed a point called to be key in the outcome of the Ryder Cup, a match against Dechambeau y Scheffler who won on the 13th hole and ended up losing with a disastrous streak of four consecutive lost holes. The two European points of the afternoon came from the hand of the Spanish couple Jon Rahm and Sergio Garca who won Brooks Koepka y Jordan Spieth.

Rahm was number one and in the face of complications in Sergio’s game, he cemented the European triumph thanks to immense putts that were destroying his rivals. The decisive finishing touch came with the birdie of ‘Rahmbo’ in the 15th that put Europe ahead. On the 16th, a nine-meter birdie putt gave two holes ahead of the now mythical Spanish couple, Sergio, incredulous, spread his arms in the cross at the recital of his partner and the desperation of Spieth. A pair in 17 was enough to color the point blue. It will be the third conquered by the Spanish couple in this Ryder Cup, a plenary session for the tenth Spanish couple in the history of the competition. Rahm also accumulates half a point more and his 3 and a half points accumulated are an oasis in the European team.

In the morning Rahm and Garca again embodied European resistance by adding the only point of the foursome day that ended with a 3-1 partial in favor of the North Americans. Returning to the decisive afternoon, the other European point rescued in the fourballs was for Shane Lowry y Tyrrel Hatton versus Tony Finau y Harris English. The point was forged on the 18th hole, thanks to an incredible par saved from Lowry who, after missing the start and playing short, achieved an approach and putt from 135 meters. The only moment of euphoria was unleashed on the 18th green, Lowry threw the putt and hugged his partner, the English debutante Hatton, tightly.

Despite the unbalanced result, the afternoon was pure Ryder Cup competition, where tension and emotion enveloped the 18 holes. There were constant boos and pressure from the public in the face of the brilliant European blows or the tension that caused some confrontations such as that of Jordan Spieth with Adam Hayes, Jon Rahm’s caddy, by the way American, who complained about Spieth’s high tone of voice in a discussion of a doping. Or the attempted relief of Brooks Koepka that the referee did not allow. “Without breaking my wrist, it’s your fucking fault,” were Koepka’s unkind words before having to play from a thick rough area.

Justin thomas in the morning and Bryson Dechambeau in the afternoon they also reproached the European players for not giving them extremely short putts in their opinion. The European faces were the reflection of the disappointment at the end of the day and the feeling of how this Ryder Cup has escaped them even before they put the 12 singles points at stake. And it is that the United States will only need to add three and a half points in the individual to take the trophy and put an end to the European hegemony that has taken four of the last Ryder Cups.

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