The crazy thing about Phil (as has been brought up numerous times in all of our golf threads) is that he can be the hottest golfer on the course tomorrow. No one has ever been able to flip the switch on and off like he can. I don't know that Kuch would've done much better, I think Xander isn't ready personally and I'm surprised anyone really thinks Kisner is ready for this kind of thing.
Couple of things that I think explain Euro dominance:
1. Course familiarity. When held in Europe, they are without a doubt way more familiar with the course that particular year and those types of courses generally than the Americans are. When in the United States, there is no relative lack of familiarity for lots of the Euros because they play in the United States as well as Europe.
2. Normally I think the "they want it more" argument is stupid when talking about professional athletes, but in the case of the Ryder Cup I think it's valid. The game of golf is a global game, but it is also still centered in the United States. Only one of the four majors is in Europe and had a European "feel" to it. This isn't on the same level as any major, but I think the Euros assign more importance to this than the Americans do and get more fired up about it.
Disagree with lots of the above. I don't think very many of the Euros are playing this course regularly, and there's no question the drive to win the Ryder Cup the Americans have. It's blatantly evident by just watching.