Dominant Europe Takes Control of the Ryder Cup as U.S. Struggles

Deanna Kelley
September 30, 2018

"The three matches we played, they never missed a putt inside 10 to 12 feet", Woods groaned.

"That American line-up was always going to be extremely strong and it doesn't matter; we need to win our points".

The Team Europe duo were two up after two holes and McIlroy made a fine putt on the third for a halve.

Casey and Hatton, a Ryder Cup rookie, were on the losing side of a thrilling fourballs against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas on Friday, but blew away world number one Johnson and Fowler by going a combined nine-under.

The duo of world No. 2 Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson added Europe's other point Saturday afternoon with victory against top-ranked Dustin Johnson and 2018 double major champion Brooks Koepka as the United States of America struggled for a lifeline.

"We came here to do a job, and it wasn't to go in the record books or anything like that", Molinari said.

"That's the frustrating thing about matchplay".

Woods, alongside Patrick Reed, lost the fourballs session yesterday and both players were dropped for the afternoon leg.

The U.S. still faces a daunting 10-6 deficit heading into Sunday singles, and the task ahead looks even more hard playing at Le Golf National outside Paris.

Meanwhile Spieth was happy with his performance, saying: "I have been trending in the right direction as the season as gone on and I love this feeling", he said.

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The five-time major champion received a captain's pick from USA skipper Jim Furyk despite being out of form in recent months, and was erratic in Friday's foursomes before being left out totally on Saturday. They've joined forces to win four matches out of four on the first two days - the first European pair to achieve that fantastic feat in the transatlantic tussle.

And so he didn't say this lightly on Saturday night: "History will show me and everybody in that team that this is not over".

"I think early in the week, he looked a little exhausted", USA captain Jim Furyk said of Woods.

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has plenty of memories, too, both as a member of the 1997 team that almost coughed up a five-point lead at Valderrama, and also as a vice captain of that Miracle team at Medinah.

Finau and Koepka fell four holes down through eight holes before finally winning No. 9.

The 41-year-old Casey welled up at the side of the 16th green after his 3-and-1 win with Tyrrell Hatton against top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler in the fourballs on Saturday.

With the contest all square, Molinari reeled off three successive birdies from the 11th before Fleetwood sealed the match on the 15th as Woods could only manage bogey.

"Phil is, as you mentioned, a really good friend", said former US Open victor Furyk. "Just pretty (ticked) off, the fact that I lost three matches and didn't feel like I played poorly". He has a winning record with only two, with Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau joining an unsuccessful list.

Woods has failed to win seven consecutive matches, dating to his singles victory against Molinari in Wales in 2010. "We ran against two guys that were both playing well".

And that's exactly the way the European team wants Reed: silenced.

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