So why is it that the Europeans keep kicking the United States ass in the Ryder Cup? It's certainly not the teamwork thing. Although they are considered a team, it is still individual matches being played. It's not like the US Men's Olympic Embarrassment of a Basketball Team that lost 3 games and used the old "we didn't have long enough to work together as a team" excuse.
The Americans had won 19 of the first 20 Ryder Cups. But then, in 1977, a guy named Jack Nicklaus suggested that Great Britain and Ireland add continental players to their roster. This is when the competition began.
So why do the Euros keep winning? I'll tell ya why, because they are hungry. They play to win. They don't sign with Callaway for $10 million a year, their weekly prizes are not ridiculous amounts, they have the desire to play golf and they play from within, from the heart.
David Duval put it nicely in '99. "It's the biggest event there is, it is not technique or mechanics, but passion." Right you are David, the Europeans play with passion.
I'm not saying the Americans want to lose, but I think the Europeans take pride in winning. They make the putts and shots when they have to, they know how to compete and they are the better competitors.