Two months have now passed since the final putt fell at the Ryder Cup, but the questions surrounding recent American struggles in the biennial competition remain largely unanswered.
According to several top Americans on the LPGA Tour, the solution is fairly simple: play better golf.
The U.S. has now lost six of the last seven cups, including a lopsided loss in September at Gleneagles. Players gathered at the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship offered some straightforward thoughts on the subsequent fallout, which has included the creation of a "task force" by the PGA of America to help turn the tide.
The Europeans are also good at the Solheim Cup, the female counterpart to the Ryder Cup which has gone to Team Europe each of the last two times. Angela Stanford was a part of the American losses in both 2011 and 2013, and she believes the recent Ryder Cup results are simply a part of the natural shifts of momentum seen in such tournaments.
"The ups and downs of team competitions come in waves both ways, just like we've lost the last two times, but actually there is nothing wrong," Stanford said. "You just got outplayed."
Stacy Lewis is a Solheim Cup veteran and on the cusp of capturing the season-long Race to the CME Globe title. Lewis feels some changes can be made, but much of the fallout surrounding the latest loss was unnecessary.
"They need to look at how they select the captain and maybe change the selection process,” Lewis said. “The media should not be involved in talking about dirty laundry, those issues can stay behind closed doors in the team room.”