Squads skip traditional Ryder Cup party after U.S. collapse

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Sunday night at last month’s Ryder Cup was already going to be difficult for the American team, which lost the largest lead on home soil in match history, and having the two squads mix in a post-game party wasn’t going to help.

Although U.S. captain Davis Love III said it wasn’t by design, the two sides largely kept to their own team rooms following the American loss instead of the traditional gathering of both teams.

“A couple of their guys came over, a few of their caddies, but it wasn’t the mass everybody ending up together like in the past,” Love said. “It was just a little weird with the way it all happened.”

Love said there was a similar separation during the 1999 matches when the European side blew a four-point lead in Sunday singles. Most players say when the competition is over the two sides go back to being friends, but after a heartbreaking loss, however, that transition seems to take a little longer.