Europe Beat USA, Clinch Ryder Cup

by Samuel Abasi Posted on October 1st, 2018

Paris, France : After jumping out to a commanding 10-6 lead through two days, the Europeans cruised to victory on Sunday in the 42nd edition at Le Golf National outside Paris, winning the singles competition, 7-4-1. The final: Europe 17.5, U.S. 10.5.

Francesco Molinari carded the winning point, clinching the 2018 Ryder Cup for the Europeans.

“This team has been incredible from the start,” Molinari told the Golf Channel. “We were determined to do the job. Nothing was going to stop us. You saw it on the course.”

It’s hard to describe,” Molinari said. “I’m just so proud of everyone on the team. It’s an amazing group of guys. Anyone of us would have deserved the clinch the winning point.”

Europe entered the day just 4.5 points shy of clinching the cup, which the Americans won in 2016. The Europeans have now claimed the Ryder Cup in four of the last five tournaments.

Molinari picked up the final point on the 16th hole. He sent his tee shot onto the green on the 163-yard Par-3. Phil Mickelson followed that shot by sending his tee shot into the water, handing the win to Molinari and the Europeans.

Europe has now won nine of the last 12 meetings.

Tiger Woods, coming off his 80th career victory last week at the Tour Championship and first in five years, lost to Jon Rahm, 2 & 1, and went 0-4 on the week.

“It’s disappointing because that’s four points to the European Team,” said Woods. “It’s not a lot of fun. “It’s frustrating because when we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level I had been playing, and I just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”

Woods ran into buzz-saws most of the week. In singles, Rahm birdied the first hole to go 1-up and led 2-up after eight holes. Woods hit a great second shot to the par-5 ninth and won the hole with an eagle, then evened the match with a birdie at No. 11. But he bogeyed 13 and 14 to lose both holes and never recovered.

After playing seven of the last nine weeks, the 42-year-old Woods admitted he was gassed.

“It’s been a lot of golf for a short period of time,” Woods said.

Even with the great year he had, it was not the way Woods wanted to end it. Although it marked his eighth Ryder Cup appearance, he hadn’t competed since 2012.

“It doesn’t feel very good because I didn’t help my teammates win any points,” said Woods. “At the end of the day, we came here as a team and we win or lose, and unfortunately we lost this one.”

Europe entered the day just 4.5 points shy of clinching the cup, which the Americans won in 2016. The Europeans have now claimed the Ryder Cup in four of the last five tournaments.

Molinari picked up the final point on the 16th hole. He sent his tee shot onto the green on the 163-yard Par-3. Phil Mickelson followed that shot by sending his tee shot into the water, handing the win to Molinari and the Europeans.

The Americans began the day on top, with Justin Thomas finishing 1-up on Rory McIlroy. Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka halved in Match 2 before Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3-and-2 in Match 3.

Team USA pushed the score to 10.5 to 9.5 but weren’t able to fully close the gap from the first two days of the tournament.

“I would have loved to have won my match obviously, but look at the score on the board there,” McIlroy. “We’ve done more that enough to regain the trophy. The one thing that I’m really happy about is that we’ve run the Ryder Cup, but all 12 of our players have contributed a point, which I think is really important.”

Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods 2-and-1 in Match 4, pushing Woods’ record to 0-4 at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Tony Finau claimed another point for the Americans, beating Tommy Fleetwood 6-and-4, before the Europeans got hot.

Ian Poulter beat Dustin Johnson 2-up. Thorbjorn Olesen beat Jordan Spieth 5-and-4 and Sergio Garcia beat Rickie Fowler 2-and-1. Garcia became Europe’s all-time leading Ryder Cup points getter with the victory.

Then came Molinari, who rushed past Mickelson 4-and-2, clinching the win for the Europeans. Patrick Reed ended up beating Tyrrell Hatton 3-and-2. Henrik Stenson beat Bubba Watson 5-and-4. Alex Noren was still finishing out his round with Bryson DeChambeau after the Europeans clinched the victory.

“I think at the end of the day, I tip my cap to the European side,” USA captain Jim Furyk said. “They played great golf. What’s the difference? I saw putts going in. I saw great golf shots. My team fought hard. I’m really proud of them.”

“You say that Thomas did a better job than I did. Their team played great. There isn’t much more I can say.”

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