The conventional wisdom about the Ryder Cup is that Europe plays with more passion because they care more about winning the event, but that belief got thrown out the window Monday when an emotionally raw Team USA talked to reporters after their one-point loss in the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Hunter Mahan, who lost the day’s final match to Graeme McDowell, was so overcome with emotion that he couldn’t speak, and the U.S. players’ disappointment was palpable in the room.
Asked if this display of passion means that the team has dispelled the notion that it doesn’t care about the Ryder Cup, Jim Furyk gave an impassioned defense of his team. They didn’t just start caring about the Ryder Cup, he said, they always have.
“This event’s always been my favorite event,” Furyk said. “Rarely have I ever been as happy after winning, I’ve never cried after losing other than at the Ryder Cup.
“We all know what it means to us,” Furyk continued. “Whatever you’ve all written in the past, it’s your observations, the way you feel. But that judgment, really, I mean, we know what it means. I’m glad maybe finally you’ve all figured it out. And I’m sorry it happened this way.”
Members of the U.S. team, notably Tiger Woods, applauded Furyk’s speech. Looks like the 2012 Ryder Cup can’t come soon enough.