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Ryan Moore’s first Ryder Cup was filled with U.S. pride and joy

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Ryan Moore reacts after making a birdie during his singles match at the Ryder Cup. It was the first experience in the event for Moore, who said he can't wait to do it again in two years, if he makes the team.
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During a whirlwind week at the Ryder Cup in suburban Minneapolis, Ryan Moore delivered the final blow to Europe when he defeated Lee Westwood in singles, 1 up, to give the U.S. its winning point and first victory in eight years.

The last man invited to the U.S. squad by captain Davis Love III, Moore arrived at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Monday afternoon of Ryder Cup week after flying his family home to Las Vegas from the Tour Championship in Atlanta the night before. When asked on the final practice day what would constitute a successful first Ryder Cup for him, he quickly said: “Winning the cup, period.”

No one knew at that moment that he would be the one delivering the honors 72 hours later. To see Moore deliver in the pressure cooker of an atmosphere was special for caddie J.J. Jakovac as well.

“This week doesn’t compare to any other tournament that I’ve been too, and it’s really, really, cool,” Jakovac said. “The energy and camaraderie is really amazing.”

For Moore’s father, Mike, it was special in several ways.

“When you have kids you always like to see them embrace and love what they do and succeed at it and it’s a thrill for me,” the elder Moore said. “(Ryan) loves golf so much; he’s passionate about it. It’s what he does for a living and it showed this week. What a wonderful experience.

The event even exceeded Moore’s expectations.

“It’s everything and more,” he said. “You just can’t imagine the course and the fans and what it’s like out here.”

Moore played 36 practice holes at Hazeltine before teaming with J.B. Holmes on Friday and Saturday to go 1-1 in fourball matches. Moore’s singles victory over Westwood put him at 2-1 for the week.

During a break in the U.S. celebration, Moore took time to talk with Southland Golf about his overall experience:

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