Europe win The 2018 Ryder Cup
Paris, September 30: Team Europe won The Ryder Cup for the sixth successive time on home soil, defeating the United States 17½ – 10½ at Le Golf National, Paris.
Spearheaded by the pair of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who won all four of their matches together, Europe entered today’s Sunday Singles with a four-point cushion, leading 10-6 after the first two days of play.
Records were smashed all over L’Albatros course, as the talismanic Molinari secured his side’s winning point, defeating Phil Mickelson 4&2, and became the only European player in history to win all five of their matches at a Ryder Cup.
Sergio Garcia became the most successful Ryder Cup player of all-time, securing his 25th and a half point as he defeated Rickie Fowler, surpassing Sir Nick Faldo’s record of 25.
Captain Thomas Bjørn’s Captain’s Picks, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson proved the difference as they secured nine and a half points to the two secured by Tony Finau – the only Captain’s Pick made by Jim Furyk to win any points at Le Golf National.
The United States threatened a comeback as they claimed some early points, with Justin Thomas and Finau winning their matches against Rory McIlroy and Fleetwood, but Paul Casey’s half with Brooks Koepka stopped the rot and Europe started to take control of proceedings.
Jon Rahm became just the second player to defeat Tiger Woods in a singles match, emulating Costantino Rocca’s achievement in 1997.
Ian Poulter maintained his unbeaten run in singles, ending Dustin Johnson’s 100% streak of three wins 2 Up, and rookie Thorbjørn Olesen defeated Jordan Spieth in the singles to ensure that every member of Team Europe won at least a point for the first time since 2004.
Henrik Stenson defeated Bubba Watson 5&4 shortly after Molinari secured the winning point and Alex Noren ended the session in some style as he holed a 40-foot putt on the 18th green to defeat Bryson DeChambeau 1 Up and secure Europe’s largest winning margin since The 2006 Ryder Cup