From Start to Finish: The Rome Cup Arrives

TEAM EUROPE WINS THE RYDER CUP

In a triumphant return to their home soil, Team Europe has reclaimed the Ryder Cup, avenging their 2021 loss by defeating the American team 16.5-11.5 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy. This victory marks Europe’s seventh consecutive win on home turf and their 10th overall triumph in the last 14 Ryder Cups. The United States’ winless streak on European soil now extends to 34 years, with the home team emerging victorious in eight of the last nine Ryder Cup events.

The decisive moment came courtesy of Tommy Fleetwood, who secured the crucial half-point on the 16th hole after Rickie Fowler’s tee shot found the water hazard. Fleetwood fearlessly took on the challenging, drivable par 4, launching his tee shot safely over the water and onto the green. He then skillfully placed his eagle putt near the hole, prompting Fowler to concede. The European celebration has officially begun.

While this week showcased a new generation of European talent on the roster, it was their star players who made the most significant impact. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Viktor Hovland combined to earn an impressive 10.5 points (with a record of 9-2-3). In contrast, the U.S. team saw Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth contributing just 2.5 points, with Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa each securing one point.

The Ryder Cup is an event that captures the passion and enthusiasm of fans and players alike. Already, Europe is looking ahead to the next competition at Bethpage Black in 2025. Rory McIlroy expressed the team’s ambition, saying, “I think one of the biggest accomplishments in sports is winning an away Ryder Cup, and that’s what we’re going to do at Bethpage.” Europe’s victory has set the stage for an exciting future in Ryder Cup competition.”

The FedExCup Continues Its Fall Journey in Mississippi

As a staple of the fall golf calendar, the action in Mississippi promises excitement as it features five golfers who secured top-50 finishes in this year’s FedExCup. Eric Cole, Lee Hodges, Tom Hoge, Adam Svensson, and Emiliano Grillo are among those teeing it up for the challenge.

Fresh off a successful Ryder Cup debut, Ludvig Åberg will cross the Atlantic to continue his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. Åberg made history as the first player to earn PGA TOUR status through PGA TOUR University by topping this year’s rankings, and his performances have consistently validated that achievement.

Mackenzie Hughes is determined to defend his title, currently holding the 51st spot in the FedExCup standings. He aims to secure his position in The Next 10, which includes players ranked 51-60 in the FedExCup. These players will qualify for two prestigious 2024 Signature Events: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational.

Kevin Kisner is making his second appearance after a three-month break, accompanied by Lucas Herbert and Grayson Murray. Murray, who notched his second victory of the season on the Korn Ferry Tour, has secured his 2024 card and is now ready to tee it up on the PGA TOUR this week.

The list of notable players heading to Jackson also includes recent TOUR winner Akshay Bhatia, past PLAYERS champion Webb Simpson, S.H. Kim, Eric Cole, Keith Mitchell, and Mississippi’s very own Davis Riley. With such a talented field, the FedExCup journey in Mississippi is sure to captivate golf fans.

Mic Check

” ‘They made my life very easy, and they played like superstars. Not many people gave us a chance, I don’t think, especially two years ago. Yeah, well, we proved them wrong.’ – Luke Donald, European Ryder Cup Captain, reflecting on his team’s impressive 16.5-11.5 victory.”

By the Numbers

6: The European Ryder Cup team saw remarkable contributions from six rookies, including Ludvig Åberg, Nicolai Højgaard, Robert MacIntyre, and Sepp Straka, who combined to secure six of the team’s 16.5 winning points in Rome.

2025: Mark your calendars for September 2025 when Bethpage Black will serve as the battleground for the 45th Ryder Cup.

30: The culmination of the Korn Ferry Tour season unfolds at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. This event will grant thirty deserving players PGA TOUR cards as they move up to the big leagues.

Reference:

https://www.pgatour.com/article/news/wire-to-wire/2023/10/02/the-cup-comes-rome-italy-europe-wins-ryder-cup-us-marco-simone

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/ryder/2023/10/01/ryder-cup-highlights-updates-shots-on-day-3-europe-usa/71022111007/

https://apnews.com/sports/golf-europe-rory-mcilroy-tommy-fleetwood-555f00ba1ccdf0d4a85726c151fc1d14

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