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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 214
W E’RE all for the exuberance and energy that the Ryder Cup arouses from both players and fans alike. But the US galleries went beyond the pale this year. Whatever your thoughts on Rory McIlroy, he shouldn’t be forced to endure taunts and songs targeting his personal life. The behaviour of some portions of the crowd left plenty to be desired, and it also had the unintended effect of inspiring McIlroy to play some of his best golf. Yes, McIlroy happily played up to the crowd and at times incited them, in particular with his “I can’t hear you” celebration after draining a monster putt on Sunday, but there’s no place for some of the behaviour we saw behind the ropes. UNSAVOURY AMERICANS I N THOMAS PIETERS, Europe has unearthed a star. The Belgian youngster might have been the least credentialed member of the European team, but he announced himself as one of golf’s brightest prospects with four points from his five matches. His pairing with Rory McIlroy from the Friday afternoon four-ball was visionary stuff from European captain Darren Clarke – the pair took care of Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar before cruising past Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka and Johnson on Saturday. His comprehensive 3 and 2 singles win against J.B. Holmes was a bit of extra decoration on a remarkable debut. A STAR EMERGES T HE PGA of America’s Ryder Cup Task Force has had its fair share of critics, none more vocal than David Feherty and former US team captain Ben Crenshaw, who both argued the Americans simply weren’t good enough to beat the Europeans at previous Cups. But the proof might be in the pudding after the US team’s comprehensive victory on Sunday. The Task Force’s changes saw the number of captain’s picks increased from three to four, and had selection been under the previous regime, Bubba Watson would have qualified as the ninth player, but instead he missed out and Ryan Moore earned the nod with the extra captain’s pick. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED I F THE United States could bottle Patrick Reed, it would. The brash 26-year-old was everything the US needed, and more, as it sought to finally win back the Ryder Cup. Not every player loves the Cup format, but Reed again reveled in it, feeding off the crowd and carrying his teammates along with him. His 1-up singles win over Europe’s biggest fish, Rory McIlroy, set the tone on Sunday, and Reed now has 61⁄2 points from nine matches in his Ryder Cup career. REED'S A BEAST
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