"To have a Ryder Cup end that way, for me personally, it doesn't feel very good because I didn't help my teammates earn any points".
Mickelson's miserable Ryder Cup was mirrored by Tiger Woods, who came into the event on the back of his first win in five years.
Ask any of the US players and their answer will be the opposite.
Not only was he the first European to ever go 5-0 in a Ryder Cup, but he was just the fourth person ever to do so.
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood's friendship was there before the Ryder Cup.
The United States won three of the top five singles matches on Sunday to close the gap on Europe to just one point.
For after Paris defied the doubters who said the French would not get behind a Ryder Cup, the next one on this continent is in Rome in 2022.
And yet the U.S. were thrashed, put to the sword in such fashion that after winning the first three of Friday morning's fourballs, they lost eight matches in a row, heading home with their third-biggest defeat in history despite arriving with a team as good, by most estimations, as any they have ever sent overseas.
Continued to be a reliable option for the Europeans, winning twice in foursomes with Stenson. My pre-tournament bets yielded over 19 units profit, from backing Thomas at [8.0] and getting a tied place out of Webb Simpson.
It turned out to be the most lopsided European triumph since an 18.5-9.5 victory at Ireland's K Club in 2006.
"They played some great golf this week, and I take my cap off", Furyk said.
"I know everyone wishes they had played better and I wish I probably would have done some things differently as well", said the US captain. He did fall to a struggling Reed in singles, though.
PARIS - Tiger Woods is not used to others celebrating at his expense, but there he was on the 17th green Sunday afternoon, helpless.
"How do you sum that up?", European captain Thomas Bjorn said. He should get another shot at being captain.
Team Europe lifts the Ryder Cup after their 17.5-10.5 victory at Le Golf National. Thomas deserves to be the new Captain America. Would love to see him on another Ryder Cup team. Johnson went from 1 up to 2 down in a four-hole stretch that ended his chances. One of the European players' wives also witnessed the incident, and an insider reported that she was "clearly shocked and upset by the nastiness, which was very threatening". He had a brilliant start Friday, but by Saturday it looked like Thomas was doing most of the work.
Won his opening four-ball match alongside Finau, but didn't win again.
Woods was 0-4, the first time in eight Ryder Cups that he failed to contribute a single point.
It's true it blunted the power advantage of men like Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thomas and Tony Finau and it inspired comment from many including David Leadbetter and Sam Torrance that here was the way to address the problem of the modern ball flying too far and obsoleting so numerous world's great courses. It is the antithesis of the Ryder Cup, an event that needs no hype but sucks it in anyway, a week where nothing has to be forced because it lies there latent, ready to emerge without being pushed or concocted.
"We came over here and played our practice rounds and prepped for this golf course", said Furyk.
The three dormie games meant victory was secure but Ryder Cup tradition demands a man who "delivers" the winning point and nobody has delivered like Molinari this week. Even in a blowout, there are dozens of moments that, while not exactly great if you're a US fan, will be remembered for years and years.
As the Europeans celebrated a sixth successive victory on home soil and ninth in the last 12 matches, it emerged the Dane had promised his players he'd indulge in some body art that showed the score if they could upset the odds against a star-studded American side. Should be his final Ryder Cup after this performance.
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