CHASKA, Minn. - America was ready to take back the cup.
“Just to feel the energy, the electricity, the crowd. And it's been unbelievable. And it's right in our back yard,” said Steve Johnson of Forest Lake.
After losing three straight Ryder Cup competitions, the U.S. team played so well this year that when they clinched it, not every fan realized right away what had happened.
“Dude get off your fantasy list, we just won!” Mark Klepper of Austin, TX, yelled at his brother.
“You boys played us off the park, and you did great. And it's just a pleasure being here in the sunshine with all our new American friends,” said John Brodie of Essex, England.
Someone had warned these Brits that Minnesota can be cold in October.
“I brought weather proofs. I brought thermals,” said Jason Alexander of West Berkshire, England.
But at the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, the weather ended up a top highlight.
“Couldn't of been a better day. For Minnesota, this time of year?” Johnson said.
“This was a bucket-lister for my brother and I, so the fact we won was icing on the cake,” Klepper said.
“We're so excited we might be going to France in two years,” said Joe Hertig of Excelsior.
A lot of fans showed their national pride, while a handful were ejected for their behavior on the course.
“I'm glad they threw a few of them out, because they kind of ruin the experience for others,” Johnson said.
In the end, if fans from the losing side seem to be having this much fun, Minnesota must have done all right.
“God bless America. Well done,” said Brodie.