They arrived with a swagger. They left humbled, sent packing by Europe's band of brothers.
Tiger Woods will partner Patrick Reed against Europeans Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood when the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris Friday.
It's been a tough few months for the average Italian sports fan, watching on with envy as 32 other nations vied for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The Tiger Woods fairytale may not quite have come true, but it was a dream finish for Francesco Molinari as he became the first Italian man to win a major with victory in the British Open.