When the Ryder Cup returns to Rome in 2023, how will Europe recover from such a humiliating defeat? Following their record-breaking 19-9 victory over Padraig Harrington’s defeated team at Whistling Straits last Sunday, this appears to be the start of an era of American dominance.
The reasons for such a resounding US victory will be examined in the coming weeks and months, but one element stands out: the Americans are currently significantly better golfers, player for player.
The only exception is Jon Rahm. The Spaniard is the finest golfer in the world, as evidenced by his three-and-a-half point lead after two days at Whistling Straits.
However, Europe need more than a single star.
We were told throughout the build-up that world rankings don’t matter in a Ryder Cup context, but they did – from start to finish.
Only three Europeans, Rahm, Viktor Hovland, and Rory McIlroy, were higher in the rankings than the lowest-ranked American, Scottie Scheffler, at number 21.
Source: BBC Sport