Where the Ryder Cup was won and lost

Where the Ryder Cup was won and lost

Where the Ryder Cup was won and lost

No sooner had he wound up his celebrations at Le Golf National, revelries so exuberant that he pulled a calf muscle, than he was anointing Padraig Harrington as the prime candidate to lead Europe's Ryder Cup defence at Whistling Straits.

"I think that a lot of people thought that the Ryder Cup was over before it was played", Garcia said.

"I think early in the week, he looked a little exhausted", USA captain Jim Furyk said of Woods. "It's an incredible achievement". "We were determined to do the job".

"To have a Ryder Cup end that way, for me personally, it doesn't feel very good because I didn't help my team mates earn any points". Instead, the Americans will head to Rome in 2022 still looking for their first away win in seven tries.

"I couldn't even dream of a summer like this".

At various points, thousands of fans massed on ridges where they were able to watch multiple tees and greens without moving, while 18 huge video screens meant spectators could watch every ball. "To play the golf I did, barely missed any shots, and to clinch it the way I did, a lot of emotions". When the US played well, Europe played better.

On a cold, windy morning in a suburb of Paris, the US began the day with some ragged golf. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.

"It's been unbelievable. I played great on the front nine". We just have to tip our caps.

However, winning the Tour Championship on the eve of the Ryder Cup appeared to take its toll, as did the 42-year-old's packed playing schedule, as he flopped badly in France. This is the best team room I've ever been in. - Molinari after winning all five of his matches.


Europe's Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy reacts to the ovation of the gallery during his fourball match on Saturday.

Rahm's triumph came after Thorbjorn Olesen, in the seventh match to tee off, powered to an impressive 5 and 4 win over the in-form Jordan Spieth to quell the U.S. team's momentum.

The United States team, the reigning Ryder Cup champions, were the pre-tournament favourite for a reason - the team featured some of golf's biggest and best players, from Woods himself to current world number one golfer Dustin Johnson and the three-time major victor Jordan Spieth.

"To beat Tiger, one of the greatest players of all time, for the pivotal point, it's the best feeling of my life", Rahm said. Dustin Johnson had risen to world No. 1.

It was Molinari who withstood Woods's 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.

"Oh, he'd be brilliant", a jaded but beaming Bjorn said in a morning-after-the-night-before chat as workers began dismantling the huge Ryder Cup set-up at Le Golf National.

That would be Sergio Garcia, who won a point himself shortly afterward and now has amassed 25 1/2 points in Ryder Cup competition - topping Nick Faldo's record of 25 - over the years.

"I really wanted to get everybody on the golf course every day, but a couple of things turned out, " Bjorn said.

"It's up there, I have to say", admitted Bjorn in reply to being asked where he rated this team, bearing in mind that it had recorded a convincing victory over the strongest United States side in terms of world rankings in the event's history.

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