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Tiger Woods sleepwalks his way to four losses in Ryder Cup

01 Octobre 2018

Europe defeated the U.S.to win the Ryder Cup, golf's premier worldwide team competition. Take Justin Thomas (4-1) out of that top-5 mix on the US side and Johnson, Brooks Koepka (1-2-1), Bryson DeChambeau (0-3), Rickie Fowler (1-3) and Jordan Spieth (3-2) were a combined 6-14-1.

Chimenti added: "A player who wins everything in the Ryder Cup for three consecutive days must be considered among the most important athletes not only in Italian but world sport".

Critics will keenly note that the USA won exactly two out of a possible eight points in the foursome sessions and Furyk's captain's picks contributed a grand total of 2 points, compared to Europe's picks who produced more than half (9 ½ points) of the Continent's winning total. "And I'm one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup".

Four-time major champion McIlroy told Sky Sports: "Thomas said in one of his team meetings earlier this week that if we won this Ryder Cup he would get the score tattooed on his behind". Something had to give in that match; neither had ever lost in Ryder Cup singles.

Tony Finau insists he did not witness any unrest within the Team USA camp during the Ryder Cup. "This is my seventh out of ninth week I believe".

Reigning British Open champion Molinari defeated five-time major victor Phil Mickelson 4 and 2 to give Europe an insurmountable 14½-9½ lead over the favoured Americans in the biennial team showdown at Le Golf National.

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.

But there is more to winning Ryder Cups than high fives and high golf rankings - and so it proved.

Patrick Reed spoke to the New York Times after the U.S.A's loss on Sunday, criticising the "buddy system" of the visitors camp as he said that it was Spieth's influence which split up the most successful American Ryder Cup pairing in history.

It was Molinari who withstood Woods' charge at the British Open in July, staying calm amid frenzied scenes playing with the American, who electrified Carnoustie as he stormed into the lead halfway through the final round.

Jim Furyk's American team had 31 majors between them to Europe's eight.

All but one US player competed in last week's US PGA Tour Championship and six of the 12 US players had not seen Le Golf National before this week, but Furyk wasn't taking fatigue or an unknown course as excuses.

The Americans began the day on top, with Justin Thomas finishing 1-up on Rory McIlroy.

Any captain worth his salt would ensure the course is set up to suit the home team and Thomas Bjorn did precisely that.

"Our captain is one of the best people in golf", Mickelson said, praising Furyk for bringing the players into the decision-making process. Those four were a combined 9-4-1.

Woods and Mickelson are about to stage a two-man Vegas shootout that will make them many millions of dollars.

"That first tee shot was not like anything I've been involved in before, it was like an National Football League game back in the States", American rookie Tony Finau said. You know what they say about doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result, right?

Tiger Woods sleepwalks his way to four losses in Ryder Cup