By DOUG FERGUSON
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe waited dual prolonged years for that one impulse when a Ryder Cup was behind in a hands.
Exactly when it happened Sunday was unclear, creation it all a better.
At roughly a same time, in dual singles matches on dual greens during Le Golf National distant by 150 yards of water, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia any done standard to secure during slightest a half-point, possibly one giving Europe a 14½ points it indispensable to recover a Ryder Cup from a Americans.
As a jubilee was usually removing started, Molinari capped off a initial 5-0 week during a Ryder Cup for a European.
Three of those points came during a responsibility of Tiger Woods, who left France though contributing a point. Molinari won his singles compare opposite Phil Mickelson, strictly putting a winning indicate on a house for Europe and putting Mickelson in a record book for a many waste in Ryder Cup history.
Then, Garcia won his compare to set a record for a many career points in Ryder Cup history.
It was like that all week.
Europe constructed stars aged and new with a group that was as clever as ever.
“We got it right this week,” European captain Thomas Bjorn said. “We never, ever looked toward their group about what they were about. We were about us as a group and what we do. … Everything that this Ryder Cup was is what we consider a Ryder Cup should be about for a European team.”
Mostly, it’s about winning.
The final shot came from Alex Noren, who after surrender a brief birdie putt to Bryson DeChambeau on a 18th hole, done a 40-foot birdie putt to win a match.
That done it 17½-10½, a biggest Ryder Cup subjection in 12 years.
Two years after a Americans suspicion they had their Ryder Cup problems figured out, Europe reminded them Sunday that group many has owned that glossy bullion prize for a final quarter-century.
Europe now has won 9 of a final 12. The Americans sojourn winless divided from home given 1993.
And there wasn’t many U.S. captain Jim Furyk could do about it.
“They played some good golf this week, and we take my top off,” Furyk said. “Thomas was a improved captain and their group outplayed us. And there’s zero else some-more we can say. They deserved to win.”
Molinari was usually as good on his possess as he was with Tommy Fleetwood, and a best year of his golfing life somehow got better. Just over dual months ago, he was posing with that china claret jug during a British Open as Italy’s initial vital champion. This felt usually as honeyed given it was a prize he common with a team.
“This group has been implausible from a start,” Molinari said. “We were dynamic to do a job. Nothing was going to stop us. And we saw it on a course.”
It was a many unilateral feat given uninterrupted 18½-9½ victories by Europe some-more than a decade ago when a Americans looked definitely lost. They shaped a Ryder Cup Task Force after a 2014 loss. The suspicion was to build smoothness and momentum, and it seemed to work when a Americans won during Hazeltine in 2016.
Now, maybe it’s behind to a sketch board.
“Let’s be honest — a European side played some artistic golf,” Mickelson said.
The same couldn’t be pronounced for Mickelson or Woods, dual giants of their generation, both with losing annals in a Ryder Cup.
Mickelson didn’t even play on Saturday and mislaid his matches on Friday and Sunday. He started a week by environment a record with his 12th coming in a Ryder Cup, and it finished with 22 losses, a record by possibly side. At 48, he competence not get another chance.
“I did not play good this year,” Mickelson said. “This could unequivocally well, realistically, by my final one.”
Woods was 0-4, a initial time in 8 Ryder Cups that he unsuccessful to minister a singular point. This was one week after he capped a personal quip following 4 behind surgeries by winning a Tour Championship, a 80th of his PGA Tour career and initial in some-more than 5 years.
But he looked like he lacked appetite on a march and positively in his debate over a final dual days.
“It’s unsatisfactory given we went 0-4, and that’s 4 points to a European team,” he said. “And I’m one of a contributing factors to since we mislaid a cup, and it’s not a lot of fun. It’s frustrating given we suspicion we were all personification flattering well, and we usually didn’t perform during a spin that we had been playing, and usually got behind early in a matches and never got back.”
But this was some-more about a Europeans as a team, and they were worse than ever on a march they know well.
Trailing 10-6 going into a final day of singles, a Americans indispensable to put red points on a house early to build momentum. It never happened. Justin Thomas won a leadoff compare over Rory McIlroy though not until a 18th hole.
Webb Simpson and Tony Finau, a sole splendid mark among a wild-card picks for Furyk, won easily. Behind them, Woods was unresolved tough opposite Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson started to lift forward of Ian Poulter.
“There’s always a impulse where it looks like a hint of light,” Furyk said. “When it was there for us, Europe played unequivocally well.”
It wasn’t there long.
Rahm won dual true holes with pars to seize control. Johnson strike into a H2O on a 13th during a four-hole slip that took him from 1 adult to 2 down, a compare Poulter wound adult winning.
Thorbjorn Olesen, who had played usually one compare a prior dual days, went 5 adult during a spin over Jordan Spieth and won in 14 holes. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles matches in a Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
Garcia was in tears.
He played so feeble this year that he unsuccessful to validate for a PGA Tour’s postseason. Bjorn picked him anyway, observant he was a heart and essence of a European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1. His feat over Rickie Fowler gave him 25½ points in a Ryder Cup career that began in 1999.
“I consider that a lot of people suspicion that a Ryder Cup was over before it was played,” Garcia said. “And we guess, unfortunately, they picked a wrong team.”
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