Europe reclaims Ryder Cup after beating USA in France

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson cruised to a 3 and 2 victory over Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren, keeping the Spaniard half a point shy of Nick Faldo's record haul of 25, while Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth claimed their second point of the day and third of the event with a convincing 4 and 3 triumph over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

Only last week, crowds were roaring for Woods as he won the Tour Championship, but Woods missed a 20-foot putt that would have extended the match, with Molinari and Fleetwood winning and maintaining the pressure on the USA from the 5-3 lead Europe took Friday. As has it being set up to punish wayward shots, preventing the USA long-hitters to hit drivers with gay abandon. It never materialised. At one point, in fact, Europe were up in all four matches again.

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

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. I've played in my Ryder Cups, and I don't care how many matches I play in as long as we win and I think that's what it's all about.

"If we can get two or three points early, it gets to be quiet and uneasy around here". A third point saw Spieth and Thomas become just the fourth United States pairing to achieve that haul since it became Europe versus the US. "So we are carrying that as a little bit of momentum, I guess".

- Thomas Bjorn's hosts started strongly in the opening fourballs on Friday, but Koepka and Finau flipped around the first match as the U.S. claimed an early 3-1 lead.

They were 5 up at the turn over Woods and Bryson DeChambeau, and a brief rally only delayed the inevitable.

Woods has failed to win seven consecutive matches, dating to his singles victory against Molinari in Wales in 2010. Helped by Casey, back on this stage for the first time in a decade, bursting out of the blocks with five birdies in the first six holes - three of them were hole winners - they were nine-under for 16 holes in beating Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

Woods insisted that his body feels just fine.

The 14-time major champion becomes one of just four golfers in history to play in four events and not record any points.

"That's the frustrating thing about match play". You can see how much it means to us by Sergio's reaction; he comes into his own in this tournament.

The rest of Europe wasn't too shabby either.

  • Stacy Allen