Graeme McDowell has finished a great personal year by winning the Ryder Cup for Team Europe in what turned out to be a very close match. Europe won by 14½ points to 13½ in the last of today’s singles matches, beating Hunter Mahan 3&1.
Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter were mobbed as Hunter Mahan conceded the 17th hole, giving Graeme McDowell the victory needed to bring the Ryder Cup back to Europe. All the Team Europe players gathered around Captain Colin Montgomerie as champagne and tears began to flow.
Colin Montgomerie told Sky Sports “It’s a proud, proud moment for me.”
Europe needed five points from today’s Singles and got the points they needed with wins from Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jiminez & Graeme McDowell; and Rory McIlroy and Edorado Molinari.
Team Europe won four Singles matches today:
Luke Donald beat Jim Furyk (1up)
Ian Poulter beat Matt Kuchar (5&4)
Miguel Angel Jiminez beat Bubba Watson (4&3)
Graeme McDowell beat Hunter Mahan (3&1)
The United States also won six Singles matches today:
Dustin Johnson beat Martin Kaymer
Jeff Overton beat Ross Fisher (4&3)
Tiger Woods beat Francesco Molinari (4&3)
Phil Mickelson beat Peter Hanson (4&2)
Zach Johnson beat Padraig Harrington (3&2)
Steve Stricker beat Lee Westwood (2&1)
Rory McIlroy v Stewart Cink – halved
Edorado Molinari v Rickie Fowler – halved
The man sitting 12th in US points table for the Ryder Cup has probably ruined his chances of playing in this years’ tournament by saying that the players are treated like ‘slaves’ during the week in which the Ryder Cup is completed.
Hunter Mahan, who is considered to be one of the best young golfers in the world right now has criticised the whole tournament in this shocking outburst. To summarise his unexpected comments, Hunter Mahan’s main points were that:
– The players have to have ‘big dinners’ every night meaning that they can’t prepare themselves properly.
– The whole week is extremely long and tedious.
– The Ryder Cup is by no means fun.
– He wouldn’t be surprised if some American players refuse to play in the tournament at some point in the future
These are certainly strong statements to make. Maybe you would expect such things from a retiring professional who wanted one last swipe at the game, but from a talented 26-year-old? Very strange indeed. I guess he has to be praised for speaking his mind and maybe his comments will lead to a change in the way American prepare for the Ryder Cup, who knows.
The most significant point he made though, in my opinion, was that he believed the PGA of America ‘couldn’t care less’ about winning the Ryder Cup. Hunter Mahan praised the fact that the European team choose a venue that is on the European tour for the Ryder Cup, meaning they have the advantage of playing on it previously. However, the American PGA chooses somewhere that will mean they earn more money.
It will be interesting to see what type of reaction these comments from Hunter Mahan will receive. I expect they will just be brushed off by the American team, but wouldn’t it be fascinating if it led to some more players coming out to criticise the Ryder Cup set up? It certainly wouldn’t be ideal preparation for Paul Azinger’s team as they look to win the tournament for the first time since 1999.
Talking of Paul Azinger, he has consistently spoke about his desire to only have players who actually want to be there. Well, I think that rules out Hunter Mahan. If he qualifies automatically for the tournament there will probably be the first refusal from a player and if he doesn’t qualify automatically I think it would be safe to place all of my golf betting money on Paul Azinger not choosing him as one of his four wildcard picks.