The United States thrashes Europe in the Ryder Cup’s heaviest ever defeat at Whistling Straits.
At Whistling Straits, Team USA defeated Europe 19-9, but how does their success compare to other famously one-sided Ryder Cups?
With Team USA leading 11-5 heading into the final day of the Ryder Cup, it looked like it would be a dreadful finish for Team Europe, and their worst fears were realized. The Americans showed no signs of slowing down after dominating the previous four sessions, as Steve Stricker’s team cruised into the record books with a 19-9 victory.
Although, contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t the largest victory margin in Ryder Cup history, it is the most since Europe began participating against their counterparts in 1979.
That distinction belongs to an American team led by Ben Hogan and motivated by the renowned Arnold Palmer, who won 23.5-8.5 at the Champions Golf Course in Texas in 1967. The two biggest distinctions back then were that their opponents were still all British and Irish players, and there were 32 points available during the weekend instead of 28.
The most overpowering display in the modern era is the current American effort, which brought up memories of earlier one-sided confrontations during the past 42 years.
We take a look back at four previous Ryder Cups that took place long before the players in the final match-up arrived at the 18th hole.
Even if the experience in Wisconsin was discouraging for Europe’s players, at least they weren’t pummeled on their own turf.
However, Dave Marr’s American team defeated the class of 1981 18.5-9.5 at Walton Heath. With a 10.5-5.5 lead coming into the singles, any chances of a home comeback were dashed in the first two sets, when Tom Kite and Lee Trevino both won, and John Jacobs’ team had no way back. Kite finished the week with 3.5 points from his four matches, capping off a fantastic week.
The legendary Jack Nicklaus, on the other hand, was the star of the show, winning four out of four in what turned out to be his final Ryder Cup.
The Ryder Cup was held at Oakland Hills Country Club for the first time since the dramatic Battle of Brookline in 1999, although the Americans had no chance of assaulting the greens in the final. “Brinkwire News Summary.”