Right… you have to take into account that the European Tour players get a false boost from the bias (toward the European Tour) in the OWGR system.
Sagarin ratings have the U.S. team as:
And the European team as:
Average: 27.17… and still 17.6 if we leave out Garcia and Oleson.
The U.S. has 7 of the top 8, and nobody ranked lower than 36th (and 11 of 12 are ranked 21st or higher).
Europe has 1 of the top 8 (admittedly, yes, #1), and has two players ranked outside of the top 50, and six (half the team) ranked worse than the 11th best American ranking.
Hmmm, while typing that up, Dan made similar points, though I may have done some math badly as my averages are slightly different? Or maybe he did. Whatever… they're close.
Things are patterns until they're not. The past doesn't predict the future. Europe was winning in the U.S. until recently, too, yet very nearly lost the last three here in the U.S.
Things are patterns until they're not. The past doesn't predict the future.
On the other hand, the OWGR is biased towards European players because it weights European Tour events more heavily than they should be. If you look at other ranking systems, the Americans are even further ahead. For example:
https://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.02675.html (Total Strokes Gained on the PGA Tour; Average US rank is 13.8; Average Euro rank is 20.7. Sergio and Oleson aren't on this stat, which means the Euro's ranking is probably higher than it should be.)
http://rankings.golfweek.com/rankings/default.asp?T=world (Sagarin Rankings; Average US rank is 11.9; Average Euro rank is 26.4.)