Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018|8:45 a.m.
By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France– Payback belongs to Europe, and so does the Ryder Cup.
Two years after the Americans thought they had their Ryder Cup issues found out, Europe advised them Sunday why it practically has owned this glossy gold prize for the last quarter-century.
British Open champion Francesco Molinari was simply as excellent on his own as he was with Tommy Fleetwood. The very best year of the Italian’s golfing life got back at much better at Le Golf National when he ended up being the very first European– and just 2nd player given that the existing format started in 1979– to win all five of his matches.
The last one triggered a wild, champagne-soaked event.
Europe already was ensured the 14 1/2 points it required because they were guaranteed halves in two matches. Molinari made it main. He was 2 up and securely on the green at the par-3 16th green when Phil Mickelson struck into the water, removed his cap and conceded the match.
Mickelson was desperate to make this group due to the fact that the 48-year-old saw it as his last possibility to win a Ryder Cup on European soil. He ended up losing both his matches. He began the week by setting a record with his 12th Ryder Cup appearance. He ended it by setting a more suspicious Ryder Cup record with 22 losses.
He wasn’t alone. Tiger Woods went 0-4, the very first time in his eight Ryder Cups that he cannot contribute a single point.
But this was more about the Europeans as a team, and they were tougher than ever on a course they know well.
” This group has been amazing from the start,” Molinari stated. “We were determined to do the job. Nothing was going to stop us. And you saw it on the course.”
Routing 10-6 going into the final day of singles, the Americans needed to put red points on the board early to build momentum. It never ever took place. Justin Thomas won the leadoff match over Rory McIlroy, but not until the 18th hole.
Webb Simpson and Tony Finau, the only bright area among the wild-card choices for U.S. captain Jim Furyk, won quickly.
But that was it.
Rahm won the very first hole against Woods and never ever routed. He dropped his putter after making a 5-foot birdie on the 17th hole as Woods stood to the side of the green, arms crossed. One week ago, he overcame four back surgeries to win for the 80th time on the Trip Champion, a signal that he was all the method back.
And after that at the Ryder Cup, it was another outcome with which he is far too familiar. Woods has used just one winning team in 1999.
” It’s frustrating because I went 0-4, which’s 4 indicate the European team,” he stated. “And I are among the contributing factors to why we lost the cup, and it’s not a lot of enjoyable. It’s frustrating since I believed we were all playing quite well, and I simply didn’t carry out at the level that I had actually been playing, and simply supported early in the matches and never returned.”
Thorbjorn Olesen, who had actually played only one match the previous 2 days, went 5 up at the turn over Jordan Spieth and won in 14 holes. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
Sergio Garcia was in tears.
He played so poorly this year that he cannot receive the PGA Tour’s postseason. Thomas Bjorn chose him anyway, saying he was the like the captain of a football team. Garcia revealed why by going 3-1. That final triumph over Rickie Fowler made Garcia the most significant contributor in Ryder Cup history with 25 1/2 points.
All that was left to identify was the last rating with one match still on the course.
By then, it was settled where supremacy lies in these biennial matches. Europe now has won nine of the last 12 times.