Two years after the Americans thought they had their Ryder Cup problems figured out, Europe reminded them Sunday why it practically has owned this shiny gold trophy for the last quarter-century.
Jim Furyk was proud of the United States' efforts at the Ryder Cup despite acknowledging they were outplayed as Europe triumphed in France.
Molinari and Fleetwood made history by becoming the first European pair to win four out of four matches at the Ryder Cup. Woods paired with Patrick Reed in the opening four-ball matches, and delivered the only USA loss of that session.
Poulter, a repeated Ryder Cup hero who'd inspired Europe's fightback in the so-called "Miracle of Medinah" six years ago, defied his ranking of 34 to see off world number one Dustin Johnson.
All manner of explanations have been given over the years, none of which really apply now, if they ever did: he doesn't care; he doesn't like playing with a partner; he's awful at team events.
"I'll work with the PGA of America and our Ryder Cup committee and I think we'll keep improving", he said.
Europe have retained the Ryder Cup in emphatic fashion as an emotional Francesco Molinari had the honour of securing the point that ultimately proved crucial.
The first man to hit a shot in the shadow of golf's first mega-stadium was the humble Finau, whose journey to the spotlight began with a free set of Majek clubs, supplemented with pawn-shop purchases, that he used through high school. Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was the heart and soul of the European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1. It was a fitting end for someone who was both lousy all week and who has the most losses in Ryder Cup history. "He hasn't mentioned it to me and I wasn't there", said the Dane. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson finished 1-4 for the US, winning an opening four-balls match with Rickie Fowler, then losing his next four, including a singles match to Ian Poulter.
"He said he would be ready tomorrow, and I put him in a position where I hope that our guys get off to a fast start and put him in that position".
After posting seven top-7s, climbing from 656th in the world to 13th, winning his first tournament in five years and being part of the Ryder Cup team, Woods, 42, is likely in for a long, extended break. "So statistically, there was a good chance of winning some points". "And, in the team room, they bring experience and understanding". The US players are better by every statistical measure. So thankful for Thomas to pick me and believe in me. By late Saturday afternoon, confident European fans were crooning "Bye Bye Miss American Pie". "That was the story here at Le Golf National, and maybe we just ought to acknowledge that the winners (by a 17.5-10.5 score!) played some incredible golf".
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