Billy Horschel believes it may be "wishful thinking" for American fans to believe they will dominate the Ryder Cup for the next decade following the record victory at Whistling Straits.

The 10-point winning margin secured by Steve Stricker's side is the largest in the modern era and was achieved by a predominantly young side, all 12 of whom contributed at least a point before the singles and were ranked inside the world's top 21.

That prompted Jordan Spieth to predict that the same scoreline could be repeated in Italy in 2023, 30 years after the last American win on European soil, with former captain Paul Azinger hailing "a new generation and a new time, full and total domination."

"I think everyone is a little wishful on that," Horschel said ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he will partner his father in the team section of the pro-am event at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

"I'm not saying it's not going to happen, but in 2016 we won at Hazeltine and everyone thought we solved the plan, we figured it out.

"We put this task force together after the 2014 Ryder Cup, we've done everything and we figured out how to win the Ryder Cup, and then we go over to France and get our butts kicked.

"Yes, the thing we do have in our advantage right now is we do have a good young group of core players for the US that are going to more than likely play a lot more Ryder Cups over the next 10, 15 years, where the Europeans are in a transition mode with (Lee) Westwood and (Ian) Poulter probably playing their last Ryder Cups.

Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry watching on


"You've still got Sergio Garcia and I would expect Justin Rose to be on another Ryder Cup team but they are in their early 40s. They are in the transition of who is going to take those reins and run with it.

"Obviously Jon Rahm has proven he can do that, and he's going to be a stalwart on the European Ryder Cup for many years.

"Yes, the way it looks on paper, it looks like it could be a thing of dominance for the next few years. But things on paper don't always equal to winning Ryder Cups.

"At the end of the day the players have to play well. The captains can do everything behind the scenes, they can get all the stats, all the figures, pair the players up perfectly, but at the end of the day the players have to hit good golf shots and they have to make putts.

"When I looked at it, all 12 Americans played really great. There wasn't one player that wasn't playing great last week or wasn't on some type of form when they played, and the Europeans were just a little off."

Billy Horschel


Horschel's victory in the BMW PGA Championship earlier this month took him to second in the Race to Dubai behind Open champion Collin Morikawa and the 34-year-old is now targeting becoming the first American to top the European Tour's money list at the end of the season.

"At the beginning of this year I'll be honest, it wasn't one of my goals," the world number 18 said. "But after playing well in the WGC events and playing decent in the majors, the big goal for me is to win the Race to Dubai, be the first American to do that.

"That's a special thing to do as I found out being the first American to win a Rolex Series event and being the second American (after Arnold Palmer) to win at Wentworth, the BMW PGA."