Graeme McDowell says Europe's success was down to players 'leaving their egos at the door'

  • Team Europe beat the United States 17½ – 10 ½ to win the Ryder Cup in France
  • United States went into the Ryder Cup with arguably their strongest ever side
  • But Europe, with five rookies included, punished America at Le Golf National
  • And Graeme McDowell claims Europe’s players treated each other as equals

By CARL MARKHAM, PRESS ASSOCIATION SPORT
PUBLISHED: 06:51 EDT, 2 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:07 EDT, 2 October 2018

Ryder Cup vice-captain Graeme McDowell believes the key to success over the United States came down to players treating each other as equals and ‘leaving their egos at the door’.

In the fall-out from the loss of the trophy Patrick Reed, the self-styled Captain America, was first to break rank by suggesting the reason why a team with six of the world’s top 10 in it – plus 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and veteran Phil Mickelson – failed so badly was because there was no sense of equality.

Reed claimed Jordan Spieth, one of the USA’s best performers over the last three events, did not want to reprise his successful partnership with him and that he was given no say in the matter.

Graeme McDowell says Europe's success was down to players 'leaving their egos at the door'
Graeme McDowell says Europe’s success was down to players ‘leaving their egos at the door’

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