After landing back from America, the European captain has had his say following his team’s chastening defeat against the USA at Whistling Straits.
European Ryder Cup captain Padriag Harrington has given his view on his team’s thumping 19-9 defeat to America, after what was most definitely a week to forget in Wisconsin. The visitors faced an uphill battle from the off, with the US possessing eight of the world’s top 10 players.
The 10 point defeat wrote Harrington and his team into the Ryder Cup history books for all the wrong reasons, as it became the biggest margin of victory in the modern era of the biennial match play event.
Following the loss, the Irishman took to social media to share his lasting thoughts as captain, thanking his 12 players for their efforts and describing the week as ‘the best days of their lives’ despite the defeat.
He tweeted: “Thanks to all my team. Wasn’t the result we wanted but some great memories all the same. These are the best days of our lives.
“We were beaten by a better team and I couldn’t of got more commitment from you. Looking forward to seeing you rise for Rome. You will forever be my team.”
In a separate post just minutes before, the European skipper also congratulated USA captain Steve Stricker and his team after their record-breaking win in Wisconsin.
He commented: “Congratulations Steve. Your team played great. Well done. @RyderCupEurope @RyderCupUSA @rydercup.”
This wasn’t the first time Harrington had heaped praise on his rival captain following the event, after describing him as ‘one of the good guys in golf’ in Team Europe’s post-tournament press conference.
The Irishman said: “They obviously got it right this week, a very strong team, but I’m happy for Steve Stricker. He’s one of the good guys in golf. If you’re going to get beat by a captain, that’s a good captain for sure.
“He obviously got his plan right. Whatever their prep was, they did a good job, and they came out and started well and kept the momentum going. It was just a tough one to overcome.”
Understandably, Harrington was met with some criticism following Europe’s worst ever showing at a Ryder Cup – however a number of his players were quick to defend their captain including stalwart Ian Poulter.
Poulter claimed victory in his. “Brinkwire Summary News”.