CHASKA, Minn. (WCCO) — Team USA did it. For the first time in eight years, the United States has won the Ryder Cup.
Fans cheered for the Americans as they won their first Ryder Cup since 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky. Since its third straight defeat in 2014, the team formed a task force to address the shortcomings and delivered a positive performance at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.
Ryan Moore two-putted on No. 18 for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood, giving the Americans a 15-10 lead that sealed the win over Europe. Team USA needed 14.5 points to clinch the victory.
“I’ve been to PGA, U.S. Open and Masters and this rivals all of them in fact, it might top them all. Pretty awesome,” golf fan Leo Collins said.
Father and son duo Leo and Sean Collins of Minneapolis liken the Ryder Cup to the Olympics.
“The vibe with Team USA, team Europe thing is very different than rooting for one player,” Sean Collins said.
And root the fans did, cheering and chanting. At times, some fans appeared to cross the line on Saturday, yelling profanities at players and some getting kicked out. It prompted the PGA to issue a statement on this last day of play, asking fans to stay spirited but also maintain sportsmanship.
“I haven’t seen anything like it but it’s a sporting event. I mean I’m sure it’s all in good nature,” Sean Collins said.
“Think I’m a bit of a target but I think that’s good,” Europe fan Andrew Luckett said.
Andrew Luckett, from across the pond, says he has felt nothing but love here in Minnesota.
“Generally speaking I think it’s all good very good natured. I’m happy to be wearing this shirt, which I bought in the gift store,” Luckett said.
“We can just be proud. I think the weather has been great. They got a taste of what it could be like in October early in the week, and now you get this it’s been great,” Sean Collins said. “I think people will leave here and go ‘Minnesota, nice place.'”
If any of our international friends will come back for a visit in the winter remains to be seen. But a proud moment for Minnesota none the less.
“They’ve done a fantastic job here at Hazeltine. Crowds have been super, weather has been fantastic so can’t ask for anything better,” Leo Collins said.