It used to be an exhibition but it has grown to a lot more due to the importance placed on the event by both sides. The PGA and the Euros all wanted the Ryder Cup to be a big deal and now it is. I still remember when Weiskopf turned down a spot in 1977 to go hunting. Now it is a stand alone major event, if you base it on media attention and money. The U.S. simply played like they were afraid to lose on Sunday. Stricker, Furyk, Woods and Mickelson all lost, which doomed the U.S. Love should have had the young guys in front, they were playing better than the vets by a long shot. Tiger went through the motions with the fist pumps, but lost to Molinari, a guy that has never come close to winning a major championship. Stricker lost to Kaymer, who has stunk it up since winning the PGA two years ago. Furyk has lost the grittiness he used to exhibit on Sundays. I think Love knew if the young guys who had been playing great lost early, the U.S. was in big trouble. When Bradley lost, somehow you knew it was done. Golf swing related, does anyone on tour shank the ball more than Webb Simpson?