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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 214
A SK any coach about what it takes to be successful and most will tell you that first and foremost, you either have the cattle or you don’t. While history is speckled with stories of teams that overachieved or seemingly found a way to rise above their own limitations, more often than not it’s the team loaded with the best talent that wins the day. And so it was at this year’s Ryder Cup. By most measures – statistical, earnings, rankings, you name it – the United States should always have saluted at Hazeltine. Six European Ryder Cup rookies meant the US team was an outfit with vastly more experience inside the Cup cauldron, and its win came as no real shock. What was a surprise, however, was the nature and margin of victory. We’ve become so accustomed to Ryder Cups being closely-fought affairs that even when Europe trailed heading into Sunday, there was an expectation that a fightback was inevitable. But when the visiting team fell behind after the foursomes and four-ball, then front-loaded its singles matchups in the hope of making up lost ground early and riding that momentum through later matches, only to watch Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose both go down, the game was up. And you know what? After decades of European dominance, a US-dominated drubbing might be exactly what the contest needed. As US captain Davis Love III said, having seen his country endure years of sub-par performances and embarrassment at the hands of the Europeans, something had to change. “ We have been criticised for eight or 10 years for not coming together. We’ve been kicked around for so long,” Love said. “You keep losing and you feel like you have to do something different. We all said we were going to do whatever it takes.” ‘Whatever it takes’ happened to include the oft- criticised concept of the Ryder Cup Task Force, set up in the wake of yet another US loss two years ago, with the express purpose of unlocking the secret to sustained Cup success. Or any success, really.
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