In case you missed it, the USA has already won the Ryder Cup this week in Scotland. Okay, so it was the Junior Ryder Cup, but a win is a win. And a dominating one at that, with a final score of 16-8, the fourth consecutive win for the USA. The competition took place on the Rosemount course (pictured above) at Blairgowrie Golf Club, 40 minutes north of Gleneagles. It could be argued that the venue, which is featured in the fall issue of LINKS, was more impressive than the PGA Centenary course hosting the other Ryder Cup, at least when it comes to architectural pedigree; Old Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie and James Braid all had a hand in the design of Rosemount. The biennial Junior event, which started in 1997, is different in another way: it pits coed teams (six boys and six girls) from Europe and the USA against each other. The latter is comprised of the top two finishers in the Junior PGA Championship, the winners of the Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior, and four captain’s picks. The teams play foursomes, mixed four-ball and singles over two days. Notable past participants include two of this year’s Ryder Cuppers, Hunter Mahan (who played on a losing USA squad in 1999) and Rory McIlroy (a member of Europe’s victorious 2004 team). If you are stretching to find any kind of positive omen related to this weekend’s competition, keep in mind that the USA won the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles 13 ½ to 10 ½. So there’s that.