CHASKA, Minn. – Less than seven days earlier Ryan Moore stood in the parking lot at East Lake unsure where the night would take him.
In a whirlwind, he got the phone call from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that he’d been chosen with the final pick to play this week’s matches, flew home to Las Vegas and then on to Minnesota before capping his week with a two-putt on the final green at Hazeltine National for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood that clinched the Ryder Cup for the United States.
“It's been crazy. To come here and just be a part of it, get a couple points for the team,” said Moore, one of two rookies for the U.S. “I wouldn't want to do it with any other guys than those sitting around me right now. It's been an absolute blast.”
Moore finished with a 2-1-0 record that included a crucial fourball match on Day 2 paired with J.B. Holmes. The U.S. duo defeated Danny Willett and Westwood, 1 up, to secure the American side a three-point advantage and momentum heading into Sunday singles.
The highlight of the week, however, was his singles triumph over Westwood for the U.S. team’s first victory in the biennial matches since 2008. It’s not surprising that in the excitement of the moment he forgot his golf ball in the hole after sinking the winning putt.
“I lost my golf ball in ’93 when I made a putt that ended the Ryder Cup, and I watched Ryan walk away from his on the 18th green and I went over and grabbed it and took it back to him,” Love said. “He didn't want it, so he gave it back to me. So now I got one from the last hole.”