Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US channel team spirit in Ryder Cup takedown of Europe

US channel team spirit in Ryder Cup takedown of Europe

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The US team poses with the Ryder Cup after a devastating 19-9 victory over Europe at Whistling Straits. AFP

US channel team spirit in Ryder Cup takedown of Europe

The US big guns assembled to take down Europe in the Ryder Cup checked their egos and leaned in to captain Steve Stricker’s plan to emerge with an epic victory.

Heck, even famously feuding PGA Tour colleagues Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, ended the day at Whistling Straits embracing after a 19-9 drubbing of the Europeans.

At least once it was to the mocking strains of their teammates singing “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

“I mean, even Brooks and Bryson wanted to play together, that’s how much it came together,” Stricker said of the spirit of unity that prevailed in the team room.

It’s that kind of spirit that Europe parlayed – along with some fine golf – into four victories in the past five editions of the trans-Atlantic match play contest.

European veteran Ian Poulter called it their “magic sauce,” and while the US team featured nine of the top 11 players in the world – and a host of major championship winners – doubters feared they wouldn’t be able to gel in the unfamiliar team format.

DeChambeau and Koepka, whose social media spat spiraled into a fued that had Koepka fans heckling DeChambeau at tournaments, were a chief concern, and Stricker apparently never considered pairing them together for foursomes or four-balls matches.

But even before the exhortations of their teammates in the triumphant media conference, the two were spotted hugging on the course, and DeChambeau said the week had proved that they could set aside differences to get a job done.

“We can all come together as one team,” DeChambeau said. “We came together and had unity here this week. Even though we are competitors, we can all be friends and have unity.”

Stricker, who noted his side had an “unheard of” average ranking of 8.9 in the world, said he just tried to set the players up for success and then stay out of their way.

Koepka stuck to his guns when asked about some pre-Cup comments to Golf Digest, in which he seemed to denigrate the team experience.

“Y’all spun that negatively,” he said, sitting amongst his teammates with the trophy parked in front of them. “I said it’s different. That’s all I said, and it is different.

“It is different than an individual event, and we come together as a team, it’s great, man. I love it.”


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be