Sunday, September 30, 2018

Molinari wins all five of his matches in France

Europe win Ryder Cup by 17.5 to 10.5

The 2018 Ryder Cup was dramatic for a short while during the Sunday singles matches, but in the end, Europe rolled to a clear 17.5-10.5 victory after entering the day leading 10-6.
The United States team certainly made the hosts earn the victory with a downhill string of early points and half points, but in a flurry at the end, the Euros took back the trophy after losing it two years ago and kept the U.S. from winning on European soil for the first time since 1993.
It felt close for a while (and it was on the scoreboard), but after losing the first session 3-1 on Friday morning, Europe went on to win the next four with a combined score of 16.5-7.5.
It was an absolute thumping for the U.S., which came in as one of the better teams in this event's history. It was also the Americans' worst loss at this event since 2006 when they fell 18.5-9.5 at the K Club.

Sunday singles -- Europe wins 17.5-10.5 overall

United StatesEuropeResult
Justin ThomasRory McIlroyUSA wins by one hole
Brooks KoepkaPaul CaseyMatch halved
Webb SimpsonJustin RoseUSA wins 3 and 2.
Tiger WoodsJon RahmEurope wins 2 and 1.
Tony FinauTommy FleetwoodUSA wins 6 and 4.
Dustin JohnsonIan PoulterEurope wins by 2 holes
Jordan SpiethThorbjorn OlsesnEurope wins 5 and 4
Rickie FowlerSergio GarciaEurope wins 2 and 1
Phil MickelsonFrancesco MolinariEurope wins 4 and 2 (clincher)
Patrick ReedTyrrell HattonUSA wins 3 and 2
Bubba WatsonHenrik StensonEurope wins 5 and 4
Bryson DeChambeauAlex NorenEurope wins by 1 hole.
 
With victories from Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Webb Simpson -- plus a half point from Brooks Koepka -- the Americans moved to within 10.5-9.5 of the Europeans, which led the Ryder Cup since Friday afternoon onward. But the Yanks would only win one point the rest of the day.
After Thomas, Finau and Simpson provided hope, a handful of other matches teetered toward the U.S., and a path to victory was at least visible. However, the United States could not afford to let any of the matches in the middle topple Europe's way as captain Jim Furyk front-loaded his singles with guys who were playing better golf. The back end looked dicey from the start.
Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson badly needed to flip their matches against Jon Rahm and Ian Poulter, respectively, and they didn't. Europe got two full points from them, and it was all but over.
When Rahm downed Woods 2 and 1 on the 17th hole with his fourth birdie of the day and Poulter took world No. 1 Johnson at the 18th, beating him by two holes, the only question left was who would do the final deed. The answer was somewhat humorous.
Phil Mickelson, who struggled all week and helped engender the task force that led to the selection of this team, hit a ball in the water on No. 16, took off his hat and conceded to Francesco Molinari.
The point meant Molinari is just the fourth man to go 5-0-0 in a Ryder Cup and the first to ever do it in the same year he won a major. Woods and Mickelson combined to go 0-6-0 in the Ryder Cup, and Woods' 0-4 mark made him the fourth to do that in a single Ryder Cup since 1979.

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