Leaving Whistling Straits as dusk settled in that part of rural Wisconsin on Sunday night was in many ways only a little different to leaving Le Golf National in Paris three years ago, although the environs could hardly have been more different and the songs and chanting were clearly identifying a different winning team.
Ryder Cup celebrations may get a little out of hand at times but for many, that's what separates it from just about every other event in the sport.
The joy, sorrow and indeed tears on display stretches the boundaries of the appeal of golf and with the exception of isolated unnecessary abusive incidents, it’s not a bad thing to see such emotion expressed in a pursuit in which too many players deadpan their moments of individual victory, even in majors.
In truth, while a European success on away soil with the odds stacked against them would have been a great story, the Ryder Cup needed an American victory, and so the pulse of the most compelling week in golf is again truly racing.
The second guessing over what pairings might work and which players should or should not be rested in sessions may have swallowed the practice day storylines in one gulp but when it came down to it, such set-piece nuances really mattered very little.
The team with the better players won by an appropriate scoreline.
With a recent and growing trend towards home team victories by wide margins, it’s apt to recall that the foundation of the revival of the Ryder Cup was generated in circumstances when the matches between the United States and a team from Great Britain and Ireland had long become uncompetitive.
It was a crisis which was threatening the very existence of the event on the calendar and prompted Jack Nicklaus to suggest to Lord Derby in 1977 to broaden the team on this side of the Atlantic into one that represented Continental Europe rather than just Great Britain and Ireland.
The effect of the new format did little to change the lopsided nature of the matches initially but then came the arrival of a young new captain in Tony Jacklin and a team led on the field of play by Severiano Ballesteros which proceeded to rattle the Americans to within a point at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida in 1983.
The drama of that final day was the seed which germinated into European success two years later and many more over the decades which followed.
A fairly healthy amount of tribalism, really unknown in the sport up to then, began to grow too, which added a new dimension in which rules and etiquette had traditionally been cornerstone of civilised behaviour inside and outside the ropes.
Then came the defining 'War on the Shore' in 1991 at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, where the US channeled some of the militaristic pride that was prevalent at the time, as the Gulf War had just ended, into spurring on their team.
In one instance, the American players sported camouflage caps while local radio DJs thought it would be a good idea to ring and disturb European players in their rooms in the middle of the night – a ruse that was dubbed 'wake the enemy'.
On the course, the crowd created such a cauldron-like atmosphere that the Ryder Cup captains two years later, Tom Watson and Bernard Gallacher, came to an agreement to ask their players to help quell any incitement of the crowd.
As a result, the muted atmosphere at the Belfry in 1993 suited the USA just fine and they won on away soil thus retaining the trophy which, in both scenarios, is something they haven’t achieved since, which is possibly not a coincidence.
When 1999 came along, the fans at Brookline in Boston were in no mood to continue the unwritten pact of relatively civilised crowd behaviour that had been tacitly agreed over the previous three matches.
They had a thin-skinned lightning rod target in Colin Montgomerie whose singles opponent Payne Stewart pleaded for his own fans to turn down both the volume and the invective.
Ever since then, it’s been a bit of a free-for-all and the partisan nature of the matches has seen a bit of a 'withering-on-the-vine' of what has made the Ryder Cup so compelling.
From 1983 to the so-called 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012, 11 of the 15 matches came down to singles results in just a couple of matches on Sunday afternoon.There was a sense that a putt here, a holed bunker shot there or a hooked drive into heavy high hay could swing the momentum either way.
It seemed that almost every Ryder Cup was a dopamine trigger for partisan senses and frayed nerves.
But home advantage has gradually become an element which is fuelling one-sided blowouts that are great for the winning team, but are extracting some of the nectar which has made the Ryder Cup the greatest spectacle in golf.
The once steady diet of ultra-competitive matches – which were possibly taken for granted – has given way into four consecutive iterations of the competition without a Sunday nail-biter and the level of home town advantage was never as great at it was at Whistling Straits.
It’s not just the crowd. The playing arenas have become more and more skewed towards the home teams’ strengths. Some may feel that’s the way it should be, but the net effect has seen four consecutive Ryder Cups in which the singles on Sunday were filled with a sense of inevitability rather than the excited anticipation that only finales which are in the balance can engender.
Steps were taken at Whistling Straits to reduce the home captain’s influence on course configuration and from the Monday morning of Ryder Cup week, Steve Stricker could do no more and the pin positions and tees were mostly set up by the PGA of America’s highly respected Kerry Haigh and Mats Lanner of the European Tour.
While there was home court advantage, it wasn’t nearly at the extreme level as the European set-up at Le Golf National in 2018.
European captain Padraig Harrington has long advocated that home advantage should be significantly scaled back and that someone from a neutral tour could be employed to set-up the course.
While that idea probably won’t even make it to the back-burner for a while, there’s a sense that something of that nature might be expedited as a result of the 19-9 record win for the USA on Sunday last.
Although maybe they should hold back for when the matches return to USA in 2025 because such is the strength-in-depth of American golf right now, Europe might need all the home town advantage they can muster if Rome 2023 is to see a return to the kind of Ryder Cup edge-of-seat-finale we all want to see.
The PGA of America and the European Tour have a duty of care to the matches for both historical and financial reasons. A procession of one-sided contests where the home team prevails and fans behave badly won’t kill the competition, but as the mantra of 'grow the game' rings ever more prevalently, it might be acknowledged that no tournament nor even a major championship opens new fan horizons as much as the Ryder Cup.
It’s probably too big to fail or even falter a little, but why take the risk.