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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 214
Bubba Watson was quite clearly a Task Force casualty, overlooked in favour of players less credentialed but who were seen as more conducive to team unity. Had the player Love selected ahead of Watson, Ryan Moore, struggled to have an impact and potentially cost the US team victory, the critics would have struck swiftly and with uncompromising scorn. But to see Moore deliver so spectacularly with two points from his three matches – including a singles defeat of Lee Westwood after being two down with three holes to play – was the ultimate validation of what the USA had set out to achieve both on and off the course. As was Watson’s choice to swallow his pride and offer to volunteer to act as a glorified gopher for the week. He was there on Sunday, riding every shot with Brandt Snedeker. As Phil Mickelson said (who was scathing in his appraisal of how the US team handled its 2014 Ryder Cup campaign and a key driver of the changes to the US setup), the culture forged in the lead-up to this Cup attempt was a telling – if not the telling – factor in why the US not only won, but won so convincingly. “When put in the right environment, the US team brought out some amazing golf,” Mickelson said.
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