Europe brings home the Ryder Cup after Thrashing the USA

by Maura Hutchinson

Team Europe cruised to victory on Sunday in Paris. Crushing the USA team 17.5 – 10.5 to win the 42nd staging of the Ryder Cup.  With players and fans alike joining in some of the biggest celebrations we’ve ever seen.

“Some people say golf is boring – well, this is certainly not boring,” said Europe’s captain Thomas Bjorn. Adding, “I’ve experienced a lot of Ryder Cups but this is the top one.”

We give Ian Poulter dressed as a pillar box…

Team Work at its Finest

The Europeans came to Paris last week as the underdogs but proved to be a more skilful and together team than the U.S. Under the watchful eye of Bjorn, Europe’s top golfers out-played and out-classed the Americans throughout the three-day event. Winning six of the final seven singles matches on Sunday, Francesco Molinari secured the winning point for the Team as he beat Phil Mickelson 4 and 2, making the Italian the first European player to win 5 points in one Ryder Cup.

The camaraderie amongst the European Team was palpable, something even the Americans couldn’t deny.

“Thomas was a better captain and we were outplayed,” conceded U.S. captain Jim Furyk.

“They were definitely a team,” said American swing coach Butch Harmon after the win. “Twelve guys worked together. They destroyed the Americans as a team. And they handled everything with class and style.”

Rory McIlroy explained what might by the reason for the Europeans tight bond this year.

“We’ve had this WhatsApp group going for a while which was one big love-in. That was a big part of it. We all get along so well,” McIlroy told reporters on Sunday. Adding, “There’s something about this group of guys. There’s a continuity in our group that maybe the other side don’t quite have.”

Another Record-Breaking Appearance

Beyond winning back the cup, Sunday’s matches also produced another record-breaking performance from one of Bjorn’s wildcard picks. With his win over Rickie Fowler on the final day, Spain’s Sergio Garcia became the all-time Ryder Cup points leader. A moment that brought the TaylorMade player great emotion.

“Yeah, I don’t usually cry, but I couldn’t help it,” Garcia said afterwards. “What a week. It’s been a rough year, but you know, we fought hard. Obviously so thankful for Thomas to pick me and believe in me, and you know, so happy, so happy to get the Cup back here in Paris and in Europe and for everyone to enjoy it as much as they did.”

Galvin Green – How the Brand Helped with Europe’s Performance

Galvin Green is a high quality golf fashion brand known for their performance outerwear. Therefore it was no surprise when they were named the official weatherproof supplier for Bjorn’s Ryder Cup Team. The brand got to work creating weatherproofs featuring the latest technology, inspired by the legendary Le Golf National Championship course – The Albatros.

The team’s windproof and waterproof jackets and trousers were sent to the Golf Lab in Toronto for vigorous testing to ensure, among other things, the level of restriction to the swing once one garment is added to another. The pieces also went through comprehensive on-course play, utilising 10 golfers who tried and tested the garments where it matters most – the course!

“The 10 players who took part and the staff who devised the tests were amazed by the lack of restriction in the swing, as they’d anticipated at least 4-5 degrees of degradation and much slower club head speeds,” explains Liam Mucklow, founder of the Golf Lab. “I’ve never heard of a garment company that uses objective technology to perform human-based trials to evaluate the degree to which a garment changes the golfer’s swing, but Galvin Green deserves great credit for its no compromise approach,” he added.

Arming the team with a windproof jacket, short-sleeved jacket, waterproof trousers as well as their incredible hybrid Interface-1 jacket, Galvin Green ensured Europe would be ready for whatever the weather threw their way in Paris!

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