USA Wins Ryder Cup 2008: Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky was the sight of the 37th Ryder Cup tournament between the USA vs. Europe. And who would have thought that without the best player in the game, Tiger Woods, and with so many inexperienced players on the team, that the United States could have had any chance whatsoever against a field of veteran European professionals with a history Ryder Cup of success. Team USA led by Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, beat the odds this weekend, and defeated the Europeans to win the 2008 Ryder Cup.
Odds-makers at SportsBook.com had Team Europe as -140 Ryder Cup betting odds favorites against Team USA (+110).
The final tally read, U.S. 16 ½, Europe 11 ½. It was the largest margin of victory for the U.S. since an 18 ½ – 9 ½ thumping of the Europeans at Walton Heath Golf Club in 1981.
U.S. Captain Paul Azinger was savoring the victory, and enjoying the moment: "Today was an incredible day… the crowds were beautiful and they were well-behaved, and the European team and players, I'm proud of them. They really showed a lot of class in defeat. I'm just so honored that I was able to be here and do this."
One of the rookies on the team was 23-year old, Anthony Kim. Kim won his first ever PGA TOUR tournament earlier this year, but this one seemed to rank up there, and perhaps even meant more to him than his individual achievements: “I wouldn't trade this for $10 million," said Kim.
“This has been an experience of a lifetime. I'm going to draw back on things that happened this week and the friendships I've made. It was all in all a great experience. Kim, who finished 2-1-1 in his Ryder Cup debut concluded by saying: "This is the most exciting day I've ever had. I'm so excited to be here in Kentucky and winning the Ryder Cup… Best day of my golfing life so far.”