Dominant European duo makes Ryder Cup history

Europe have taken a significant lead over USA in the Ryder Cup

Europe have taken a significant lead over USA in the Ryder Cup

Every European player won at least once in the event.

The forgiving layout at Hazeltine two years ago played into the USA team's hands, with greater margin for error off the tee a boon to their power-packed line-up.

Europe now has won nine of the last 12.

"This team has been incredible from the start", Molinari said.

Welcome to the Monday Finish, where the Americans ventured across the Atlantic with high hopes to end the losing streak that has seen them lose every Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993, but didn't even come close to doing so despite looking like the better team on paper. There's nothing else you can say. They deserved to win.

This is a very different Molinari to the one that played in Europe's winning teams in 2010 and '12, claiming just half a point in each of them. He also said that the problem was the "buddy system" that kept him away from Jordan Spieth.

Justin Thomas (4-1-0), the best American player, had played the French Open this year; Koepka had played it during a stint in Europe early in his career. Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau, though rookies, were proven winners.

Jim Furyk was proud of the United States' efforts at the Ryder Cup despite acknowledging they were outplayed as Europe triumphed in France.

"For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don't think it's smart to sit me twice", said the 28-year-old Reed, who was part of the 2014 and '16 Ryder Cup-winning squads.

"We got it right this week".

"So a lot of big events, and a lot of focus, a lot of energy goes into it".

For this year's edition, Bjorn and Co. exploited a considerable home-course advantage. You can see that here.

Thomas Bjorn was diplomatic when asked about this clear splinter in the United States team yesterday. Mickelson, who came into the week ranked second to last on TOUR in Driving Accuracy, looked especially lost in trying to find the bowling alley-like fairways at Le Golf National.

Woods partnered with 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed for the morning fourballs session on Friday, but lost 3&1 to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood - a European pairing that proved to be unbeatable throughout the weekend. Sergio Garcia asked Molinari at a news conference held by all members of the European team. "That's four points to their side and none to our side". Thomas was a better captain this week. Jim Furyk's captain's picks finished 2-10-0 with both wins coming from Tony Finau (pending DeChambeau finish). They are what makes the special...

The only other player who didn't play Saturday was Europe's Thorbjørn Olesen. In each of those miracle matches the eventual victor got off to a blazing-fast start, winning at least the first five matches, and sure enough there was about a half-hour period Sunday when the Americans were in position to claim the first six matches.

Collectively, all of this might make for interesting dialogue or click-bait journalism, but it completely disregards the major reason why Europe put a 17.5-10.5 thumping on the Le Golf Nationale outside Paris.

Stenson duly handed Bubba Watson his fourth defeat in four singles matches before Noren added the icing with the last shot of the week.

"There's always a moment where it looks like a spark of light", Furyk said.

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