With Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, boyhood pals who were the only American pairing to secure more than a point, the U.S. had their own version of “Moliwood”, but it was in too short supply.
With the European celebration engulfing the green, Woods could only take off his cap and wish congratulations to the victors before retreating to a spot off to the side with his girlfriend, Erica Herman. “In 2014, after another loss on foreign soil, Phil Mickelson disparaged Tom Watson’s my-way-or-the-highway leadership, leading to a rule-by-committee approach”. And No. -1 ranked Dustin Johnson went 1-3, with none of those three ever playing together.
He got matched against rookie Jon Rahm in singles, and boy did it not go well. And we were involved and we thought that the teams came out of our four-man squad. European captain Thomas Bjorn used his wild-card selections on Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, neither of whom had won a tournament this year.
In 18 tournaments, Woods posted seven top-10 finishes and ended up second in the FedEx Cup to Rose.
Tommy Fleetwood (4-1-0) – A stud on debut in the Ryder Cup despite being hammered 6 and 4 by Tony Finau in singles.
“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me”. “I know. That might not feel very American”.
Europe entered play Sunday needing to reach 14 1/2 points in the singles matches, with each pairing counting for one point. His 18 starts represented his most since 2012.
Woods’ record in Ryder Cup matches is now 13-21-3 – an abysmal record for a player who has enjoyed so much individual success. Then again, as of now, he’s scheduled to be the captain, not one of the team’s players.
It seemed a long time since the United States won Friday’s opening morning fourballs 3-1 but, after Europe roared back to sweep the foursomes 4-0 in the afternoon, they never looked back.
“You keep reminding yourself that we had a big lead at Valderrama, we had a big lead at Brookline, and at Valderrama, we won, but only just”, said Bjorn.
Furyk said he broke up the duo in an effort to make two winning teams out of one.
Their strong bond was further evidenced when Fleetwood was one of the first to congratulate the Italian on becoming just the fourth player – after Arnold Palmer, Gardner Dickinson (both 1969) and Larry Nelson (1979) – to claim five wins from five matches. “The last month has been a struggle”.
“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice”, Reed said.
Molinari wasn’t the only history-maker. He improved his record to 22-12-7. Don’t expect it to be the last time these two players face each other in a Ryder Cup match.
It was Molinari who withstood Woods’ charge at the British Open in July, staying calm amid frenzied scenes playing with the American, who electrified Carnoustie as he stormed into the lead halfway through the final round.
But it’s hardly been the week for either Mickelson or Woods to celebrate.
Woods alone lost four points to Europe. Overall, the four picks were 2-10. Finau made six birdies and not a single bogey in his 14 holes. “The worst decision I made all week!”
The 38-year-old had missed all four cuts in the Majors this year and forgotten what winning felt like.
“But at the end of the day we did the best we could and we all worked hard”.
“I threw a lot at him”, Casey said.
“The teams pretty much picked themselves, the team meetings were easy”. You bet it did.
He’s an incredible golfer, but on top of that … He was the lone player from his team in the field. But they beat us on the course. While it sounds like they were important figures in the team room (always good), their on-course play could not have been less inspiring.
Le Golf National, designed by Hubert Chesneau and constructed 30 years ago on a former landfill site, was created as a “stadium course” with each hole flanked by steep banks and raised walkways offering sweeping views of the action.
This gets a 5/5 from us..