Ryder Cup road to redemption: The six lessons Europe must learn following their chastening defeat to Team USA over a dramatic weekend at Hazeltine
It is in the combative nature of the Ryder Cup for the losing skipper to be portrayed as Captain Calamity.
Yet you only had to be at the losing team's press conference to understand that Darren Clarke, who has poured his heart and soul into the job for 18 months, was no captain cock-up.
Eight years earlier — the last time Europe experienced defeat — the team sat stony-faced and as miserable as sin, which told you everything about what they thought of playing under Sir Nick Faldo. This time there were no silent regrets or recriminations.
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