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Reaction to Europe's Ryder Cup victory over United States

01 Octobre 2018

Italian Francesco Molinari fittingly took the glory as Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the United States in dominant style on Sunday, but it was a complete team effort that delivered what turned out to be a crushing 17.5-10.5 victory.

Furyk stood by the decision - criticised by ex-European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley - of his players to stay away despite their counterparts' superior knowledge of Le Golf National making a significant difference.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Ken Tanigawa made a 35-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to win the Pure Insurance Championship for his first PGA Tour Champions title. Certainly it was a tight one, with neither player going more than 2-up.

Fans raise cutouts of the faces of Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy in Saturday's Ryder Cup action. He surrendered the hole and match after failing to sink his bogey bid from the drop zone with Thomas on the green in two.

European captain Thomas Bjorn left his news conference Saturday hinting at a secret motivation for his squad ahead of the final-day singles.

Europe won, 17½-10½, the most lopsided victory since consecutive 18½-9½ victories by Europe more than a decade ago when the Americans looked utterly lost.

"I felt all along that this was a good group of guys", Bjorn, who in 1997 became the first Dane to play in the Ryder Cup, told reporters with his team by his side.

The delirious scenes afterwards included Ian Poulter dressing up in a pillar box outfit - he is known as The Postman because he always delivers - and the Englishman said mischievously: 'When I get home to Florida I'm going to put it on and post some letters to my American neighbours'. "It was a really hard time for Tommy to get in the match", Finau said.

"To beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it's the best feeling of my life", said the 23-year-old Rahm.

Thorbjorn Olesen was also benched by Europe after one appearance on Friday but as a rookie that was no big surprise. The second hole of that encounter was halved in a triple-bogey six, and Noren was enduring a particularly torrid time.

"I've been part of another two winning teams where I didn't bring full points, and I'm glad after I've been carried on the shoulders by some of these guys to give something back", he said.

He bounded up the fairways like a teenager, eager to discover the fate of his shots, and whipped up the vast crowds that lined every hole and filled every bank or grandstand. "It's been so much fun".

The United States' quest to win a Ryder Cup on European soil will have to wait at least four more years. Spieth is now 0-6 in singles matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.

Justin Rose, rested for the morning fourballs, returned to partner Henrik Stenson in the foursomes to a 2&1 defeat of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka - ranked one and three in the world. Only one American, Justin Thomas, came over to play in this year's French Open at the venue. Thomas was a rookie in name only as he showed he could be the man to build a team around for the next decade and some.

Tony Finau (2-1-0) - Justified his selection as a captain's pick with two earned points ... the only two earned from all four of team USA's picks.

"Personally, I went 0-4 so it's disappointing".

Without close friend Francesco Molinari by his side, Tommy Fleetwood is having a tough time in the Ryder Cup singles.

How fitting that it fell to Molinari to clinch the winning point for Europe at the Ryder Cup on Sunday. His accuracy was huge throughout the week. Johnson went from 1 up to 2 down in a four-hole stretch that ended his chances.

Reaction to Europe's Ryder Cup victory over United States