The drama, the finger pointing and the media that surrounds the Ryder Cup aftermath as Team Europe claims victory with a scoreboard reading 17 ½ – 10 ½. It wasn’t even close and that doesn’t sit well with the fans!
Everyone is looking for someone to blame, for US falling to Europe, again, in the Ryder Cup.
In a recent article on-line titled “United States is a Democracy”, for, as Oscar Wilde once wrote, it’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you place the blame.”
What does that mean one might wonder? A democracy is a system by which people choose the person who’ll get the blame.”
This statement holds true as the American fans came together to elect scapegoats after watching their US boys come home empty handed.
For fans, blame is a defense mechanism. The Ryder Cup engenders a “them versus us” rationale, and when “them” win, it’s easy, understandable, to be in denial. Fans feel attacked, betrayed even, so rather than admit victory, they are looking for an excuse, a patsy, for defeat.
The aftermath of the Ryder Cup brings lots of drama and finger pointing and the blame needs to set with someone or something from the Captain, to Reed to even the course being at fault and the Media is feeding it all up.
As Brooks Koepka put it in a recent interview at the Dunhill Links in Scotland: “The problem is you guys [the media] try to find a reason why we lost, and the simple reason is we just didn’t play good enough.”
“People like to make a story and run with it. It’s not the first time there’s been a news story that isn’t true that has gone out. As far as the camaraderie [within the U.S. Ryder Cup team] it was fine, it was perfect. The problem is you guys try to find a reason why we lost and the simple reason is we didn’t play good.”
Koepka also spoke of his sadness after discovering a spectator that was struck by his tee shot during the Ryder Cup had lost the use of her right eye.
Corine Remande, 49, was taken to hospital after being hit by the shot, later telling AFP that a scan had revealed “a fracture of the right eye socket and an explosion of the eyeball.”
In a press conference, Koepka said “I’m really heartbroken, my stomach sank, yesterday was one of my hardest days of trying to focus and play golf just knowing what was to come when I was done.
“Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life.”
“There’s nobody that feels worse about this than I did. It’s a tragic accident what happened. I mean, I’m heartbroken. I’m all messed up inside. In my career it will be the one shot that I definitely regret.
Moving on to Patrick Reed who seems to be in the hot seat now after an anonymous member of Team USA attacked him for criticism after the Ryder Cup. The anonymous source told the New York Post that Reed’s attitude derailed the rest of his team and ruined the chance of a US victory at Le Golf National.
Reed had been critical of the decisions made by Captain Jim Furyk and former playing partner Jordan Spieth. Following their success two years ago the separation of Spieth and Reed raised eyebrows as Spieth was instead paired with friend Justin Thomas and Reed with Tiger Woods.
Reed claims to have been ‘blindsided’ by the decision and told the New York Times that the decision-making process was “a buddy system” that ignored the input of all but a few select players while also pointing the finger at Spieth. “The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me. I don’t have any issue with Jordan.”
“When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success.”
“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.”
The anonymous source stated Reed was full of shit and that Reed had begged to play with Tiger. “I saw firsthand how bad of a team player he was.”
Everyone has an opinion and everyone has their right to an opinion, you can blame the Americans’ inability to hit fairways and make putts or the poor form of players and any perceived or real conflicts within the team room for US getting their butts whooped.
There are degrees of truth to it; a 25-year-old drought isn’t a coincidence. But there also needs to be subtly, compassion, and more importantly, a nod of the cap to the other side of the pond. They played exceptional golf, not a shock as they are exceptionally good golfers.
The Ryder Cup, is more than golf. For pride, country, each other. More so than any tournament or player, fans are personally invested. A sentiment great for the competition, in build-up and engagement. Problematic, however, when it comes to acceptance.