United States Captain Davis Love defends his approach after Ryder Cup defeat
There are many questions that arise from United States defeat to Europe at the 39th Ryder Cup; for instance, why did the Americans lose at all?
Well, in short it was over-confidence and good luck on Europe’s part that outclassed United States yesterday. United States was in for the win, but kept tailing them. By avoiding mistakes and making prudent shots, Europe was soon a shot away from leveling the game at 14-14.
However, Tiger Woods believes that there are only outcomes from a battle; you win it or you lost it, and the American had just lost in stunning fashion. Heading into the 18th tee, the 14-time Major champion came to the realization that United States could no longer win the Ryder Cup.
So, Tiger Woods could have tied the match at 14-14 at the final shot, but Europe would have retained the Ryder Cup title since they last won it. Moreover, Tiger Woods believes Europe deserved to win the Ryder Cup. Therefore, the former World No. 1 played a half-hearted shot, which allowed his opponent Francesco Molinari to record a 14.5-13.5 win for Europe.
Captain Davis Love was also brought to the gallows. In a post match interview Davis Love was questioned on why Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were used instead of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who after all the pair had enjoyed three wins together at the tournament.
Davis Love believes he did everything right to take United States towards Ryder Cup glory, and he has a point. United States led the tournament 10-6 heading into the singles.
“I wouldn't have done anything different, they played great,” Davis Love said. “They did everything we asked them to do, and I can honestly say that I've been a part of a lot of teams and I've never seen a team of golfers like this, and I'm proud of them.”
“It was certainly a difficult loss. I think any Ryder Cup loss is difficult. There are some guys on this team that have lost before and it's never fun any way it happens. This was certainly not what we expected.
“They got beat by some holed putts, chip-ins, some incredible shots, and some matches got flipped at the end on long putts and great saves by the other team. I have to congratulate Europe on the way they played, they played great.”