Patrick Cantlay: "Ryder, we are on a mission"

"I have never received so many standing ovations as today - continues Cantlay, who reassures the press of the unity of his group. "We are cohesive and we love each other very much, we are not divided at all"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Patrick Cantlay: "Ryder, we are on a mission"
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"Team USA on a mission tomorrow? We've been on a mission for a week, and we will be on a mission again tomorrow, for the last day of the Ryder Cup. I tried to enjoy every minute of today, we made up for yesterday's disappointment." Thus Patrick Cantlay, star of Team USA during the evening press conference at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, stage of the Ryder Cup '23.

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"I have never received so many standing ovations as today - continues Cantlay, who reassures the press of the unity of his group. "We are cohesive and we love each other very much, we are not divided at all".

The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy created in 1927, bequeathed by Samuel Ryder, which rewards every two years the winner of the tournament which has pitted Europe and the United States against each other since 1979. The competition is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour and is played alternately on European and American courses.

This competition has its origins in an exhibition match which took place in 1926 between two professional teams, an American and a British, on the Wenworth Club course in the United Kingdom. The first real Ryder Cup was played in 1927 in the United States.

The first meetings between the two teams were very close. After the Second World War, the American team continually dominated the British team, so it was decided to integrate Irish players into Great Britain (1973), then golfers from across the European continent (1979).

This change was made possible by the emergence of a new generation of Spanish golfers, such as Severiano Ballesteros. Since then, Danish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Belgian, Austrian and Norwegian players have come to defend the colors of the European team.

These various improvements have succeeded in making this event much more balanced. Since 1979, the Europeans have won the trophy 11 times and the Americans have won it 9 times. The 42nd competition took place from September 28 to September 30, 2018 at the Golf national de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, in France. The European team regained the trophy after losing it in the previous edition.

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