(US-Europe 19-9) Victor Hovland (24) felt exposed after his debut in the Ryder Cup which ended in a scrimmage loss against the United States. After that, feelings for the star of Europe Rory McIlroy (32) prevailed.
“I really feel like it was revealed I had to improve a couple areas of my game, but I also received evidence that my “ball knitting” has gotten very good,” Hovland tells Golf Channel.
He wasn’t happy with the game about greens and throwing.
– I played sometimes very well from the tee to the green, but you have to put the hits at the right times to get momentum, and it looks like we haven’t played it all weekend. I don’t feel like we’ve been outdone. We obviously played good golf, but it didn’t go our way, Hovland tells VG.
Hovland critical after another slump: – He missed a lot of hits
Hovland played all five games for Europe, scoring one point overall after two draws.
– I’ve learned that it’s hard to earn points, Hovland tells VG.
The US 19-9 knockout has a historic size. Since the modern format of the Ryder Cup was introduced, with the USA against the whole of Europe, in 1979, the biggest wins have previously been 18.5-9.5.
It was very disappointing that I didn’t contribute more to the team. It’s been a tough week. It’s the best championship in golf, and I hope to play more of it, Rory McIlroy tells Golf Channel as tears roll.
Europe have been the reigning champions and have won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cup titles, but at the Whistling Straits track in Haven, the Americans were on top all weekend. The sound of “USA” resounded in the crowd after winning the bag.
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McIlroy, who has won four major championships, won his match on Sunday against Olympic winner Xander ShaveliBut he lost the other three matches he played.
It was hard to see and hear the United States celebrate by saying “we are the champions,” says McIlroy.
Also, England’s Ian Poulter (45), who had an impressive run in the Ryder Cup, squatted and let tears roll after the loss. At the same time, the American players begin to celebrate with a beer on the field.
– It’s been an incredible week. You can feel it in the air, says Zander Shaveli from the US.
– We just have to accept it. The US team played well and hit the ball at the right time, said Europe’s Sergio Garcia.
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Victor Hovland got off to a perfect start in Sunday’s singles match against Colin Morikawa by winning two of the first three holes. But it turned around when Morikawa won holes four, five, six and seven.
Hovland responded in the last game and with three holes left they were even. Morikawa won the 17th hole before Hovland took the 18th hole. Thus, their match ended in a draw – half a point each.
– He’s very talented, says Rich Beam, who won the PGA Championship in 2002, on Sky Sports about Hovland.
– You feel good. The whole team did their best and it is very good to win, says Morikawa of the win.
The beginning of the Hovland crisis and Europe in the Ryder Cup: – I want to save more points
Before the last day, with 12 singles matches played, USA were ahead with 11-5, and only 3.5 points were needed to win the Ryder Cup.
In the match game, which is used in the Ryder Cup, points are counted in the number of wins on individual holes in the round – not in the number of strokes used in the total in the round, as in “normal” golf.
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