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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 214
E VERYONE knew the US crowd was going to be particularly parochial this year. The galleries clearly saw themselves as the home team’s extra player in its bid to finally win back the Cup, and those lining the fairways did their level best to rattle the visiting Europeans, while turbo-charging their own players. Watching relatively passive players like Brandt Snedeker double fist- pumping and screaming his guts out after nailing putts on Sunday showed the influence a home crowd can have. HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE IS REAL M AYBE it’s age. Maybe it’s maturity. But it’s hard to believe that the Rory McIlroy who was quite clearly the European player most invested in the Ryder Cup over the weekend was the same Rory McIlroy who once famously said that the Cup was an exhibition event that was “not that important to me”. If actions mean anything, no one wanted this win more than the Northern Irishman. His Sunday clash with Patrick Reed was something else. Look out for him back on European soil in 2018. IT MATTERED TO MCILROY
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