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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 214
R YAN Moore’s performance was always going to attract the most scrutiny across the three days, given he took the spot on the team many expected to be handed to Bubba Watson. But the American debutant proved an inspired choice, with his end of season form (four top 10s from his last six starts) flowing into the Ryder Cup, where he secured two points from his three matches, including a singles victory over Lee Westwood after birdieing the final three holes. Had the ball on a string on 17 and 18, and it was fitting that he struck the putt that secured the US the winning point on the 18th green. MOORE WORTH THE LATE CALL-UP S PEAKING of Bubba Watson, the arguments in favour of team unity over track record now speak for themselves. There was a palpable chemistry between the members of the US team at Hazeltine. Based on the drought-breaking result achieved on home soil, it’s hard to see the US captains doing things too differently at Le Golf National in two years’ time. Watson may be on the outer for some time yet. WATSON WASN’T MISSED W HILE the US rode Ryan Moore’s hot swing all the way to victory, Europe’s Ryder Cup debutants wilted. Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Thomas Pieters more than held their own, but Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick failed to trouble the scorers. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but six rookies in a team of 12 was probably too many. That said, those who qualify for the 2018 event will now know what to expect. In an event as unique as this, that counts for plenty. EUROPE TOO ROOKIE-HEAVY T WO teams contested the Ryder Cup, but only one really came to play. While the Europeans would argue they were within touching distance of the US on Saturday, their eventual 17-11 loss was the largest margin since 1981, and will be a source of embarrassment (and, unquestionably, motivation) as they look towards the 2018 event. A SMACKDOWN, BY ANY MEASURE
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