No matter your nationality, watching this American Ryder Cup team has been fun. They had flash, they had confidence but the also had a good time. For some reason, Paul Azinger decided that the best way to beat the Europeans was act like the Europeans. Why not counter your opponent with their own medicine?
Today, 228 years ago to the day that Benedict Arnold gave the British the plans to West Point, the Americans decided that they would not just give away this trophy again, winning seven singles matches on their way to a 16.5 to 11.5 victory over the mighty Euros. It was the first time the Americans had held the trophy sans photo ops since 1999, and did it with a lot of weapons.
Young guns Hunter Mahan and Anthony Kim were absolutely fantastic, rising to the occasion time and time again and gaining points like they were girl's phone numbers. Never without attitude or a chew, Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes showed that this is more about golf than flash or style. The two country rookies didn't lose a point all week for Azinger, going 4-0-2 together and apart. If you can look past the Sunday round where Phil Mickelson only had two birdies on a red friendly course, Lefty was rejuvenated. Playing with Kim and Mahan, he smiled, he cheered and he fist pumped like we haven't seen since his 32-waist days. He might not have had his A-game at singles, but his short iron play showed why people are so enamored by his wedge play.