Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On fan behavior at Hazeltine ...
The PGA might want to be careful what it wishes for. They desperately want to inject a more youthful, fun vibe into the Ryder Cup, but this year’s matches teetered on the edge.
Drawing in casual sports fans doesn’t just mean more eyeballs and ticket sales – it also means more fans who aren’t familiar with golf decorum. If the Europeans thought some fans were over the top this week – and at times, they were – then they might want to avoid Bethpage in 2024.
Sadly, it could get ugly. – Ryan Lavner
On what's next for the U.S. "task force" ...
Don’t call it a task force. Those involved prefer “Ryder Cup committee,” and those involved also had no interest in short-term solutions to what is by all accounts a long-term fix.
In victory or defeat, the instant reaction was always going to focus on the task force; and the U.S. team’s 17-11 victory was already being called the byproduct of all that moving and shaking.
But this was always about the long game, building a foundation to win the next 16 matches, not just the 2016 edition. The U.S. team will savor this victory, but there is still plenty of work to be done. – Rex Hoggard
On the Ryder Cup bringing in new fans ...
The Ryder Cup isn't the Masters, but it's the next best commodity in golf now. In many ways, it's better than the Masters as a vehicle delivering golf to the sports world at large.
The Ryder Cup is growing outside the golf niche. As a team event, with nationalistic passions, the Ryder Cup is a golf event sports fans who don't even like golf can get into. The combativeness of this year's event may not be great for the spirit of the ancient game, but it's great for selling the game to a greater audience.
That's a problem for the PGA, maybe a great problem. – Randall Mell