Can Europe bounce back from Ryder Cup hammering?

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 11, 2021 16:37

The Ryder Cup is a huge global sporting event and the latest edition of the team competition between Europe and the USA was no different. Crowds flocked to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in their numbers, while there was a huge television audience around the world.

The USA took full advantage of having the home crowd behind them as they prevailed 19-9. It was the widest margin of success since 1975 and ranks as one of Europe’s most embarrassing performances in the history of the competition.

Europe were on the back foot from the opening session of this year’s event. They were 1-3 behind after the foursomes on day one, while after the fourballs, their deficit increased, as they trailed 2-6. The US continued to outplay their counterparts, including on the final day as they won seven of the 12 singles matches.

2023 In Rome Offers Chance For Europe To Bounce Back

Europe are likely to be more prominent in the golf betting tips for the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy. They are 2/1 to regain the trophy. Home advantage will be in their favour, however, they will need to play much better if they are to defeat the strong US team.

The last six Ryder Cup matches which have been held on European soil have been won by Europe, so they have an excellent record at home. This will be the first time the competition is held in Italy. The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club hosted the Italian Open in 2021, so many of the European players will be familiar with the course, including Tommy Fleetwood who finished runner-up behind Nicolai Hojgaard.

Over the next two years, many of the upcoming stars on the European Tour will be pushing for a spot in Europe’s squad. The European captain will be hoping to have as many players as he can in form for the challenge.

Who Could Lead Europe In 2023?

Lee Westwood is being tipped to be the European captain in 2023, however, no official decision has been made yet. The Englishman has a lot of Ryder cup experience as he has played in 11 matches, more than any other European in history.

Westwood has been part of seven winning Ryder Cup teams, so his record is excellent in the event. He was involved in the European team at Whistling Straits, but that may be his last as a player. He is now 48 years old, meaning age is against him.

In 2018, Westwood was one of Thomas Bjorn’s vice-captains. The experience he gained in that winning team in Paris will stand him in good stead. He proved to be a very useful assistant to Bjorn in that match.

Other names being linked to the role include Luke Donald, Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson. Whoever is announced as the captain, they have a big job on their hands.

The 2023 Ryder Cup takes place between the 29th of September through to the 1st of October and it will be the 44th edition of the competition.

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 11, 2021 16:37
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