Woods, who sealed a remarkable return from injury with a first PGA Tour win for five years last week, went through the team portion of the Ryder Cup without gaining as much as half a point.
They need to start embracing and enjoying that challenge if they're going to compete and win this Ryder Cup, because at the minute they're behind the eight-ball.
But this was no time to celebrate. "We'll just keep going hard".
And now they have to do it by themselves.
Europe's captain Thomas Bjorn shrugged off an incident involving Rory McIlroy as tempers threatened to boil over on a raucous second day at the Ryder Cup.
Woods hasn't won any of his three matches.
"And also, it's Phil Mickelson, Major champion". "Europe flipped it quickly and got some unbelievable momentum in the afternoon for 4-0".
There have been two memorable comebacks from a 10-6 deficit.
Poulter held his nerve over a six-footer on the sixth after Spieth's handsome approach to within a few feet had opened the door for the Americans, and then produced a characteristic slice of Poulter Ryder Cup magic with a sensational putt from right across the seventh green to put Europe up for the first time. Europe has had a better grasp on matchups all competition, and this one was a no-brainer for captain Thomas Bjorn after their success together in 2016.
He took his hat off to Europe for their brilliance in the foursomes, commenting: "We have to shore things up, and I'm guessing we'll switch things up in the afternoon tomorrow". "We've seen the scenarios play out over the years". "The guy's got more heart, more will [and] loves the Ryder Cup as much as anyone I know". "I'm proud to be on this team and proud to be standing next to those other 11 teammates and proud to win a point".
Even so, he couldn't contain a smile. That will tie him with Billy Casper for second-most on America's all-time list - with Mickelson, of course, at the top spot. "It can go any way but we're really, really, really happy with how it's gone these first two days".
Had it not been for Jordan Spieth it could have been worse still for the holders. And the decision to reunite McIlroy and Poulter for the foursomes when they had combined so impressively the previous afternoon still seemed like a sensible move.
Paul Casey was emotional after a clutch performance in Saturday morning four-balls that included five birdies in the first seven holes.
Poulter spoke only about his disappointment at not being able to personally follow-up on his Friday afternoon foursomes win, with McIlroy.
In other matches, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy beat Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, 2&1.
None of the foursomes matches reached the 17th green, with two finishing on the 14th, as the Europeans bounced back superbly to give their fans plenty to cheer after they had been quietened by the morning setback at Le Golf National near Paris.
"We're also well aware of what's in front of them tomorrow so we go back to hotel now, we refocus and we try and get some exhausted legs worked on".
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