There were varying cadences, but the chants of “U.S.A.,” from long before the opening tee shot until well after the outcome of the 43rd playing of the Ryder Cup was no longer in doubt, made it clear that something was missing. That something: the European fans.

Those not familiar with the electricity, not to mention the wonderfully zany atmosphere that is customary with Ryder Cup competition, might have just thought that the partisan cheering was something normal — like a sellout crowd cheering on the Aggies over in College Station on a Saturday afternoon in the fall. Not so.

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