Europe extends Ryder Cup lead to 10

30 September, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • The 2018 Ryder Cup

It surely helped that Thomas had been the only member of the United States team to play at Le Golf National when it staged the French Open on this Albatros course three months ago, finishing eighth.

The suggestion was that he had be goaded by an American spectator although Europe's captain, Thomas Bjørn, insisted that he had not seen the incident.

The Team Europe duo were two up after two holes and McIlroy made a fine putt on the third for a halve.

Thomas and Spieth stopped the rot in the anchor game with a 2 and 1 victory over Poulter and Jon Rahm.

However, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson hung on for a potentially vital victory over Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, the European pair prevailing on the 17th to leave the US with a mountain to climb. We need every single man on the course to do their bit and really play hard and be determined to win this back. I know Phil. He wants to be out there just like everyone else. And he could have easily played with Woods or Mickelson, both of whom long ago figured to play no a couple of times per day but are sitting here at a combined 0-4. While certainly not impossible to pull off such a comeback - it was done in 1999 by the Americans at Brookline, and again in 2012 by the Europeans at Medinah - the US hasn't won the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic in a quarter-century. "His pace looked a little bit slow walking; I think that's expected coming off a big win". Same with captain Jim Furyk, who is keenly aware of the Americans' struggles in the event and has been around for all the recent changes that were supposed to put the Americans on a better path to greatness.

After getting off to a good start in the Friday morning four-ball matches that saw the US go up 3-1 over the Europeans, things came unraveled.

Saturday's rally was "almost a similar thing", Finau said.

"Just pretty (ticked) off, the fact that I lost three matches and don't feel like I played poorly", he said.

Spieth and Justin Thomas were the heroes for Team USA on Day Two of the Ryder Cup, in Paris.

As it turned out, Saturday turned into another 5-3 drubbing, which added to the first-day issues makes for the largest singles deficit to overcome in Ryder Cup history.

Finau and Koepka fell four holes down through eight holes before finally winning No. 9.

Reed, the pugnacious talisman across his first two Ryder Cups, was having a disgusting time off the tee, and was grateful for Woods' long birdie putt on seven that brought the contest back to a single hole. They were 4-1-2 in the Ryder Cup, 8-1-3 if you include Presidents Cup. "You'd have to ask Tiger", he said.

But Furyk, who has again paired Woods with Reed in Saturday's fourballs - once again against Molinari and Fleetwood - rejected those claims.

"That's the nature of match play".

Woods' last tournament victory came at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013, before a run of both poor form and injury bought his dominance to a crashing halt. You have to think emotionally what he put into his comeback to this season, the amount of golf he played leading up, trying to make the Ryder Cup Team, trying to, basically, nearly win the FedExCup.



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