A Must Win Ryder Cup for Team USA

The U.S. Ryder Cup team is just hours away from what is a critical pivot point in the history of the matches. 

I would even call it a must win. 

The Pivot 

We all know the numbers, and the history. 

America has lost nine of the last 12, seven of the last nine and four of the last five Ryder Cups. 

Not that you need to reminded, but this includes a massive choke job in 2012, a complete debacle in 2014 in which Phil Mickelson called out captain Tom Watson in a press conference and then an embarrassing performance overseas in 2018.

A loss at Whistling Straits would make the U.S. 1-2 since the formation of the Task Force in 2014 with a road game coming up in two years in Italy. 

PHOTO: U.S. Ryder Cup

On the other side of the coin, a win would give the U.S. two victories in the last three Ryder Cups (both at home) and increased optimism that a U.S. run is coming. 

“These matches are only played every two years, and golf is very chancy. So would it surprise you if the U.S. went on a similar run to what Europe has been on for the next 20 years? It wouldn’t surprise me,” said Patrick Cantlay in his press conference earlier this week. 

So which way will the pivot go? 

A win and celebration and optimism, a loss – and the fallout could be devastating. 

The Ryder Cup begins on Friday morning with foursomes (alternate shot) and then four-ball.

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