Rory McIlroy believes the United States could dominate the Ryder Cup (2023 Ryder Cup to lift the trophy – USA 2/5, Europe 7/4) over the next 20 years after their record-breaking win against Europe at Whistling Straits.
The hosts won 19-9 and totally outplayed Europe in Wisconsin over the weekend to reclaim the trophy, three years after Europe won on home soil.
With eight of the world’s top ten golfers in the USA team, it was always likely to be a tough challenge for Europe to win in America and the task looked forlorn going into Sunday’s singles matches.
Dustin Johnson led the USA points haul with five, while only Spanish pair Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia scored over two points for Europe.
USA debutants Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, and Xander Schauffele – all under the age of 30 – were impressive, with Cantlay and Morikawa grabbing 3.5 points and Olympic champions Schauffele securing three.
The tournament went true to form – USA’s average world ranking was 8.9 compared to Europe’s 30.8.
It was just their third Ryder Cup win in the last ten editions of the tournament, but captain Steve Stricker described his line-up as the “greatest ever”.
And, McIlroy admits Europe could struggle to live with the USA’s talent in the foreseeable future.
“There’s phenomenal talent on that team. It has been a tough week for us,” said the tearful Ulsterman.
“I think the most important thing for the US team is they are a lot of young guys that are great players, but have bought into the Ryder Cup.
“Having guys like that on the team, they are going to be formidable opposition from now until I’m probably not playing Ryder Cups, whenever that is – in hopefully 20 years’ time.”
The 44th edition of the Ryder Cup will be back in Europe at the Marco Simone course in the Italian capital of Rome.