Golf is a humbling sport. Played in its individual format, it can be cruelly humbling. Played in stroke format, it can be devastating as mistakes pile up and strokes get added; seemingly solid leads can vanish or be clawed back as that occurs, and a round can be destroyed by one or two bad holes. In match play (winning hole by hole), the cost of mistakes can be minimized, but it can be hard to make up a large deficit of holes lost and holes left to play. That format can make the sport more redemptive, as one can just leave mistakes on a hole behind and move on to the next.
Team golf, like the Ryder Cup, is humbling in different ways. As matches unfold, the reliance on others is most important even if you do all you can and win your matches. In that sense, the ego is tempered in different ways.
With that said, the USA team managed its egos and kept the possibilities of being humbled far away. They started the first session well, winning 3-1; the took the second session, similarly, winning for a rare occasion, 3-1. The second day went almost as well, so heading into the last day had solid lead of 11-5. Both days were played in pairs format, with two-ball/alternate shots and four (better) ball format. They closed out the final day of singles matches, strongly, to amass a modern era winning total and margin, 19-9:
Home advantage can matter, maybe less these days for the USA as so many European players play on the PGA Tour there. But, sheer numbers of fans matters, and with COVID restrictions, the USA had that in bundles. Fuelled by more than a few local brews, they were rolling the rock, happily.
The USA had a younger much better squad, in terms of rankings, and those features went deeply:
Europe had older players and lesser talent, in terms of rankings, even though they had the current world number 1 player. Going forward, that needs to change, but are they going to be ready in two years time, in Rome?
Mistakes were made in the European pairings:
By contrast, the USA seemed to have learned from past mistakes, and their pod system and close involvement of vice-captains (including and rehabilitating Tiger Woods) made considerable differences. Kudos, to their captain Steve Stricker, who must have felt in Heaven going to victory in his home state, Wisconsin.