Europe beat the USA in Golfs Greatest spectacle the Ryder Cup. Against all the odds Europe, the underdogs, best the USA convincingly on a tough Golf Course. The setup of the course lead to narrow fairways, punishing roungh and lots of it! Thomas Bjorn really did a great job at setting up the course to really test the golfers. Europe spent many days on the course practising and it can be said that this was one of the key reasons why the beat the USA, who didn't spend much time at all practising on the course. Jim Furyk did a great job as USA captain but his team just didn't perform. Compare that to the european team, who pushed and pushed to the very last with a will to win that was absolute. OK you can say being on home ground with a home crowd helps, and it does, but its a team game "Look at Medinah" and the USA really didn't play as a team.
Open champion Francesco Molinari beat Phil Mickelson to get Europe to the 14½-point winning mark, simultaneously becoming the first European to win five points in one Ryder Cup. The Italian, who was immediately drenched in beer by celebrating fans, said it "means more than winning majors".
Spaniard Sergio Garcia secured a victory of his own to surpass Sir Nick Faldo as the Ryder Cup's leading points scorer with 25½, then sobbed as he was called a "legend" by team-mate Justin Rose. "I don't usually cry, but I couldn't help it, what a week," he said. "It's been a rough year, but we fought hard. I'm so thankful to Thomas Bjorn for believing in me." Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy led 'thunder clap' cheers with an exuberant 70,000-strong crowd, while captain Thomas Bjorn embraced each of his "amazing" players.
"Some people say golf is boring - well, this is certainly not boring," said Bjorn. "I've experienced a lot of Ryder Cups but this is the top one." His opposing captain Jim Furyk said: "You have to tip your cap, they outplayed us."
Finally what about the "Postman" Ian Poulter! Always delivers doesn't he with so much passion!
Well done to the European Team, Bring on Whistling Straits in 2020
Europe will go into Sunday's singles matches needing only four and a half points from a possible 12 to regain the Ryder Cup after dominating saturday at Le Golf National.
Leading 5-3 overnight, Europe came out charging to take three points from four in the morning's fourballs and establish an 8-4 lead..
Inspired by the brilliant partnership between Open champion Francesco Molinari and debutant Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Bjorn's men then secured two of the four points on offer in the afternoon to hold a 10-6 lead.
Molinari and Fleetwood's 5&4 foursomes victory over Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau meant they have now won all four of their matches together - a European record. US skipper Jim Furyk was grateful for the performance of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who took the solitary American point in the morning as they beat Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm 2&1, then came back to comfortably defeat Poulter and Rory McIlroy 4&3 in the afternoon. Poulter was doing his best, as he always does at Ryder Cups, but McIlroy just wasn't on song. Missing to many fairways. He needs to step up to his A Game in the singles tomorrow.
Once again too many US players were wayward off the tee and failed to make good their approach shots, Furyk looked in dismay as his team of star names failed to cope with the challenging course set-up. The US came into this Ryder Cup as favourites, hunting their first win on foreign soil in 25 years. However 14½ points is all that is required to win back the trophy, European captain Bjorn knows his team now have a wonderful chance. Only twice in the previous 41 stagings of this biennial event have a team come from four points down coming into the final day singles to win - the US at Brookline in 1999 and Europe at Medinah six years ago.
Rose & Stenson 2&1 Johnson & Koepka
Garcia & Noren 2&3 Watson & Simpson
Molinari & Fleetwood 5&4 Woods & DeChambeau
McIlroy & Poulter 3&4 Thomas & Speith
All set for a great final day at the Ryder Cup!!!
Garcia & McIlroy 2&1 Finau & Koepka
Casey & Hatton 3&2 Johnson & Fowler
Molinari & Fleetwood 4&3 Woods & Reed
Poulter & Rahm 1&2 Thomas & Speith
Well what a difference after lunch! Europe slaughtered the USA 4-0.
Europe always do well in Foursomes but todays pairings we exactly what the team needed to pull back from the morning.
Rose & Stenson 3&2 Johnson & Fowler
McIlroy & Poulter 4&2 Watson & Simpson
Garcia & Noren 5&4 Mickelson & DeChambeau
Molinari & Fleetwood 5&4 Thomas & Speith
All set for a great 2nd day at the Ryder Cup!!!
The European Team suffered a little in the FourBall matches this morning
Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler beat a poor Rory McIlroy and Thorbjorn Olesen 4&2. Then Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau came from two down to steal a point from Justin Rose and John Rahm on the 18th. Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton were three down after seven holes but fought back to level with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth with five to play, only to slip away again and lose on the 18th. The solitary European point came from Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, who surged past a muted Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods 3&1. Midway through the morning the overall contest had been beautifully poised, Europe and the US both up in one match, the other two all-square. But within a few holes the US were up in three, and had it not been for Fleetwood and Molinari's comeback, the scoreboard would have replicated that from two years ago at Hazeltine, when the US seized a 4-0 lead that would never be relinquished.
Thomas Bjorn has now a solid European Team
His 4 Wildcard picks are : Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia
These are now part of the final European Ryder Cup team of : Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.
Jim Furyk has his Ryder Cup team nearly complete, one wildcard left
The USA team so far is : Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods. The final pick will be done on September 10th, after the BMW Championship.
Not long before the Ryder Cup starts - Europe v America at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - September 28th - 30th
In a week where Paul Waring won his maiden European Tour title after a play off victory over Thomas Aiken in the Nordea Masters, Thorbjørn Olesen moves towards the automatic qualification spots for the European Ryder Cup side.
The Dane finished in solo fourth after rounds 68, 66, 67 and 67 to finish 12 under par for the tournament – two back of Waring and Aiken.
This high finish saw Olesen, nicknamed “Thunderbear,” leapfrog Ian Poulter into the final qualifying spot on the World Points List and, with two European Tour events left before the first eight players are confirmed, Olesen will be looking to keep his place.
As it stands, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood make up the four players qualifying on the European Points List. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Olesen make up the following four players on the World Points List.
The European Tour heads to Prague for the D+D REAL Czech Masters this week, before the final qualifying event at the Made In Denmark Tournament.
In addition to his eight qualifiers, Thomas Bjørn will have four further wildcard selections join his team at Le Golf National.
This gives the likes of Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Russell Knox, Eddie Pepperell and Ian Poulter, just two weeks to make up the required points, otherwise they will be relying on a wildcard pick from captain Bjørn.
The points system concluded on 12 August following the US PGA Championship, with the top eight players on the points list securing a spot on the 12-man team.
The four remaining slots are captain's selections. Three players will be announced by Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship on 3 September and the final name will be announced after the BMW Championship on 9 September.
The Top eight players already securing a place are.
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.