Molinari: British Open champ, now Ryder Cup hero

Grant SmithOct 01, 2018

Italian Francesco Molinari fittingly took the glory as Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the United States in dominant style on Sunday, but it was a complete team effort that delivered what turned out to be a crushing 17.5-10.5 victory.

Francesco Molinari wrote himself into Ryder Cup folklore with five points from five matches, the last of those tipping Europe over the magic 14½ mark as he beat veteran Phil Mickelson.

"It's disappointing because I went 0-4, and that's four points to the European team", Woods said after Europe had clinched victory in the biennial event.

"This team has been incredible from the start", Molinari said.

Third-ranked Brooks Koepka, this year's US Open and PGA Championship victor, halved with England's Paul Casey in a match neither led by more than 1-up.

They were 5 up at the turn over Woods and DeChambeau, and a brief rally only delayed the inevitable.

Jordan Spieth was blown out 5 and 4 by lowest-ranked player on the European team, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

The finish line, in the shape of the 18th green at Le Golf National, was just up ahead, so close he could see its fluttering flag and the thousands of expectant spectators surrounding it, waiting, praying for the four-time major victor to do something special to edge Europe closer to winning the Ryder Cup. Thomas put his hand over his mouth, like a horror movie poster, when his 15-foot putt for birdie stopped on the edge of the hole on No. 15. "But I don't think he's going to let it spoil the year that he had".

"I'll work with the PGA of America and our Ryder Cup committee and I think we'll keep improving".

Roared on once again by huge and partisan galleries, Europe's pairings initially dominated as their misfiring rivals struggled to locate fairways and greens on a breezy Autumn morning south-west of Paris. 'For me it's been a lot of golf in a short period of time after so long out, but it has given me a better understanding of what I can endure, ' he said.

Furyk had no excuses for the defeat and instead admitted that opposing captain Thomas Bjorn had outperformed him, although he was still keen to credit his players.

Coming off an emotional week in Atlanta, where he won for the first time in more than five years, Woods showed up to Le Golf National and just looked gassed. Woods went 0-3 over the first two days. 'That was definitely the worst decision I made this Ryder Cup'. Garcia jubilantly and tearfully hugged his wife when he had helped take back the Cup, last won by the United States.

"I don't usually cry but what a week", said the Spaniard.

But this was more about the Europeans as a team, and they were tougher than ever on a course they know well.

Woods played 18 tournaments plus the Ryder Cup in 2018, one year after playing three competitive rounds of golf. We both like the course and we are similar players. "It's been a cool experience for me, and I'm proud to be on this team".

'I just tried to do things well and be professional and I had an awesome partner in Tommy alongside me.

And there wasn't much US captain Jim Furyk could do about it. "Playing against a team like that, that's putting that well, you're going to have to make a lot of birdies, and we didn't".

"But, they outplayed us".

"I might go and post some letters when I get home", the beaming Englishman chuckled, before suggesting he would get the costume framed.

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