Clarke: ‘The better team won’
Europe captain Darren Clarke was magnanimous in defeat on Sunday, admitting the ‘better team won’ after his team had been trounced by the US, who reclaimed the Ryder Cup after an eight-year wait.
Speaking after the 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine, Clarke said “ We’re all bitterly disappointed.”
“We knew we had a lot to do, but the guys fought hard – there was a lot of blue early.
“But the American guys showed their class again. The better team won.”
Asked whether he would have done anything different, Clarke said it would have made no difference, and credited the US team with a gutsy display.
“After about an hour and a half there was a lot of blue on the board and that was what we needed to see, but the American guys fought hard and played very, very well,” he told the BBC.
“I wouldn’t have changed anything. I have spoken about this already to my vice-captains and we were confident. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. but even with that we wouldn’t have made any changes.
“A putt missed here or a putt holed outside your opponent, that makes all the difference. Unfortunately for us we didn’t quite hole them and the Americans did. I couldn’t have asked for one ounce more. Davis’ team gave everything and that’s the passion of the Ryder Cup.
“We will be fighting hard for it again in Paris in two years’ time.”
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,