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Reliance on rookies pays off for U.S. in Ryder Cup blowout

Team USA's Collin Morikawa reacts after winning the 17th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match...
Team USA's Collin Morikawa reacts after winning the 17th hole during a Ryder Cup singles match at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)(Ashley Landis | AP)
Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 10:48 PM EDT
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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — The United States laid waste to the notion that experience is essential to thriving in the Ryder Cup’s glaring spotlight.

The U.S. rolled to a 19-9 victory over Europe with a roster that featured six Ryder Cup rookies. Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Harris English, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Scottie Scheffler posted a combined 14-4-3 record in their Ryder Cup debuts. Cantlay, Morikawa and Scheffler were undefeated.

Scheffler capped his rookie debut with a convincing singles victory over Jon Rahm, the world’s top-ranked player.

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