Scottie Scheffler in Tears After Record Ryder Cup Loss; Europe Extends Dominance in USA


Scottie Scheffler in Tears After Record Ryder Cup Loss; Europe Extends Dominance in USA

Scottie Scheffler, the reigning World No. 1 in golf, endured a profoundly emotional moment during the Ryder Cup on Saturday. Scheffler, paired with Brooks Koepka, faced a devastating loss of historic proportions at the hands of Scandinavian duo Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg. The final score was 9&7, indicating that they were trailing by a staggering nine holes with only seven left to play. This margin of victory was unprecedented in the 44-edition history of the Ryder Cup, regardless of the format, be it foursomes or other variations.

This resounding win for Hovland and Aberg significantly contributed to Europe’s commanding lead at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome. The morning foursomes session concluded with Europe leading 3-1, extending their overall score to 9.5 – 2.5. Captain Luke Donald’s European team now required just five more points out of the 16 remaining matches to secure the Ryder Cup trophy.

On paper, the pairing of Scheffler and Koepka seemed capable of delivering a crucial win for U.S. captain Zach Johnson. Both major champions, with Koepka boasting five major titles, the experienced American duo appeared formidable against a European pair lacking any major championship victories. Moreover, Aberg, a 23-year-old Ryder Cup rookie, had turned professional less than 100 days prior.

However, the Norwegian world No. 4, Hovland, and the Swedish newcomer, Aberg, had already showcased their prowess with a comprehensive 4&3 victory over Max Homa and Open championship winner Brian Harman on Friday morning. They elevated their game even further against Scheffler and Koepka, dominating nine out of 11 holes, including a remarkable streak of six consecutive birdies.

This performance shattered the previous record for the largest winning margin in an 18-hole Ryder Cup match, which stood at 8&7 and had been inflicted by Americans in singles matches: Tom Kite over Howard Clark in 1989 and Fred Couples over Ian Woosnam in 1997.

Scheffler, overcome with emotion, was seen in tears on the course. Notably, he had contributed two points in Team USA’s resounding 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in 2021. Nevertheless, he was not selected by Captain Johnson for the afternoon fourball session.

This latest disappointment added to Scheffler and Koepka’s frustrations, as they had narrowly missed out on securing a point for the United States on Friday afternoon when Jon Rahm staged a remarkable comeback with two eagles in his last three holes to salvage a tie. Koepka publicly criticized Rahm, accusing him of behaving “like a child” during their match.

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