USA won the 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup, in Wisconsin. United States gave a great lesson to Europe. At Kohler's Whistling Straits Golf Course, Collin Morikawa gave the US the final victory: now the situation is 15-6 and the European team can no longer manage to recover.
After the 2018 defeat in Paris, the USA are back to win and do so in front of the home crowd, as happened also in 2016 in Minnesota. Result still to be determined given the various single matches still in progress. But a debacle is looming for the Old Continent.
The 12 single matches will be decisive. And the continental team, led by Padraig Harrington, dreams of repeating what has been dubbed the "miracle of Medinah" It was 2012 and in the 39th edition of the Ryder Cup, in Chicago, Europe had closed the two days of doubles down by 4 points.
Then, in the singles, he found a sensational comeback (winning eight, losing three and drawing one) overtaking the United States in a sprint which, in Wisconsin, approached the feat. The technical superiority of the stars and stripes team, which can count on eight of the best ten players on the planet, is evident.
And so, after the Paris 2018 debacle, the Yankees, also supported by their public, approach the company. 19 to 9 is the final score at the end of the direct clashes on Sunday that comes from the field, among a thousand bunkers, in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
The United States takes back the Rydercup after five years thanks to the contribution of all twelve star-striped champions starting from Dustin Johnson, 5 matches won and 5 points given to the team, as did Chicco Molinari in the memorable edition of Ryder Cup in Paris in 2018.
Rham and Garcia tried to keep up with their opponents and then collapsed in the match play. In the next two years (2023) the Ryder Cup will be played in Rome, Italy.
Jack Nicklaus' new award
Jack Nicklaus conceded a short putt to Jacklin on the final hole of the deciding match, assuring that the two teams finished in a 16-16 tie.
Now remembered as The Concession, Nicklaus’ gesture ensured the first tie in Ryder Cup history. Nicklaus did not want Jacklin, a national hero after winning that year’s Open Championship, to face the possibility of a costly miscue in that crucial situation.
Jack Nicklaus said: "I don't believe you would have missed that, but I’d never give you the opportunity in these circumstances." The United States retained the Cup but Nicklaus faced criticism from those who felt he should have made Jacklin hit the putt.
Nicklaus’ act marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two champions, and is remembered as one of the greatest gestures of sportsmanship in the game’s history. The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon will go to the player from each team who sees the bigger picture and who makes better decisions critical to sportsmanship, teamwork and performance.
At the conclusion of the Ryder Cup, a committee headed by Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Jacklin will name the first recipients of the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award. The selection committee will also include past Ryder Cup Captains Paul Azinger and Paul McGinley; Executive Chaiman International Business at Aon, Carlo Clavarino; as well as representatives from the PGA of America and PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, Jim Richerson and Alan White, respectively.
Ryder Cup history is filled with instances of teamwork, sportsmanship, and of course, elite performance that are worthy of recognition. The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon brings all of those key traits of the Ryder Cup together, highlighting the players who most embody the spirit of this great event.
So, what are some historical performances that demonstrate the clarity, confidence and proper decision-making that the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon hopes to highlight? Let’s revisit some below.