Patrick Reed was pure iron. Ice water in his veins, stone cold tough, Nick Saban-clutch, at least on the football field not as much with player discipline, all of those things Patrick Reed was at the 41st Ryder Cup, which the U.S, won 17-11 over the Europeans.
Reed, who finished the epic duel at Hazeltine National Golf Club with a 3-1-1 record, and is now 6-1-2 in two Ryder Cups, had a colossally good match with Rory. It was a phenomenal display of golf by both players.
Rory was 1 up early, but Reed caught him. No.7, the par 4, may have been one of the most memorable moments, not only in Ryder Cup history, but also in golf history. Rory sank a 45 foot birdie putt and put his hand to his ear, taunting the patrons in the crowd, pumping himself up, it was amazing really and pretty hilarious. Even better was Reed's answer from 18 feet, as he canned his birdie putt, pointed at Rory and got the crowd going ballistically wild. It was amazing drama. Rory started laughing pretty hard then, and they patted each other on the shoulder. It was awesome. Then it became just pure fun.
Reed sank a six footer to clinch the match on 18 with one of the more superb rounds of golf under the most intense, pressure packed scenes that I've ever seen. Rory was spectacular as well. But Reed was not going to be denied as he beat the best player in the world, who is also the hottest right now. That's a tough combination to beat, but Reed pulled it off. Reed looks like a multiple major winner to me. He's got the clutchness like Nicklaus, Tiger, Faldo, Miller, Tom Watson, all those guys. Rory does, too, for that matter. He's had it for a while, but it his clutchness looks better than ever heading into the 2017 season. There should be some superb golf coming up in 2016-2017 with the first tournament in a week and a half, Oct. 13-16th, at the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Can't wait for that to get cranked back up. The elite players won't be there, but there will be a lot of good players teeing it up.
With Reed, Rory, D.J., Spieth, Jason Day, Henrik, Justin Rose, Sergio,who brings his A+ game to every Ryder Cup, Martin Kaymer, and Phil, who's still a factor,, he proved it yesterday and this weekend, the list goes on and on.
Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, Ryan Moore, Rickie, wow, what a roster on the PGA Tour. And I was super impressed with 24 year old Belgian Thomas Pieters, who went 4-1 at the Ryder Cup. Then you have Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who went 2-0-1 at the Cup. He's a superb player. Add Emiliano Grillo to that list, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Smyley Koffman. Man the list of marquee players just keeps on going.
It's going to be epic in 2017 at the majors and in the big tournaments that are not majors, as the Players, considered the fifth major, the Memorial, the California swing with the Farmers, the AT&T Pebble Beach, the Florida swing including the WGC, wherever it will be played, and the Arnie, which will be particularly significant after Arnie passed away last week, all the key summer events, and, of course, the Masters, April 6-9, 2017, the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, June 15th-18th, 2017, the Open Championship, July 20th-23rd, at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, and the PGA Championship, August 10th-13th at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.. Can't wait.
Phil was stellar. His record was 2-1-1, but his singles halve with Sergio was all world. It was maybe not as superb as Reed's, just because Reed beat Rory, but Sergio is one of the best Ryder Cup players in history now in my opinion, he just keeps putting up good results, that Phil's 10 birdies were superbly special. Sergio had nine. Phil was homed in like I've never seen. All the guys were. His putting was through the roof good. The drives by Rory and Patrick on 18, then the drives by Phil and Sergio on 18 were all time classics. All four did an Arnie move after crushing their drives down the middle. It was amazing drama.
Sneds was superb, going 3-0-0, and sinking clutch putt after clutch putt. Brooks Koepka went 3-1. Rickie was 2-1. Spieth finiished 2-2-1, and maybe not his best in the singles, as he lost to Henrik on the 16th, 3-2, but he still teamed up with Reed for some stellar play.
It was legendary stuff. Stellar coaching by Davis Love III. He answered the bell this year. And I was so impressed with Bubba Watson's passion and dedication to the team. Highly classy on Bubba's part. He'll be a member of the team in 2018, most likely, but it was so patriotic and classy on his part to volunteer to come up and be a vice captain and support system for the team. You could tell it meant a lot to him personally whether he was playing or not. Superb class on Bubba's part. Very impressive.
Ryan Moore was the 12th and final pick of the team after his four hole clutch playoff performance against Rory in the Tour Championship, which he lost, but showed mental toughness like you wouldn't believe. Moore won the clinching point for the team. Super stuff.
In 2018, the Cup goes to Le Golf National, Albatros Course in France. In 2020, it's back home at Whistling Straits. In 2022, it's at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome. And in 2024, it's back home at Bethpage Black.
This just keeps getting better if that's possible. Now it's like game on with the U.S. taking their stand this weekend. 2018 will be tough on European soil, but the U.S. has to carry a lot of confidence after their performance this weekend.
Yesterday was all time great for the United States team. Can't wait for the upcoming season, and 2018 in France. This is as good as it gets in sports. It may be the most electric event in sports. I would call it that after watching it this weekend. What a victory for the home team.