42nd Edition Ryder Cup
Team Europe take victory against United States in Paris at the 42nd Ryder Cup in Paris.
Sergio Garcia 2017 US Masters champion, beat Rickie Fowler 2&1 to take his points tally to 25.5, with it Garcia surpassed Nick Faldo as Europes greatest ever points scorer in Ryder Cup history causing him to break down in tears. Ian Poulter “The post man” delivered a point after beating Dustin Johnson, meanwhile Paul Casey stole a precious half against Brooks Koepka in match two, after Thorbjorn Olesen completed an amazing 5&4 win over Jordan Spieth.
Spanish rookie Jon Rahm won his first Ryder Cup point in style after a 2&1 victory over Tiger Woods – leaving Woods without a point for the contest in four attempts. “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”.
That defeat for Woods was his twenty first in his eight Ryder Cup appearances and left his tied for the most overall losses, before Mickelson soon lost his twenty second match with what might be his final shot in the competition.
The final day of the 42nd edition began in perfect conditions and with Europe confident after being in control of the last four sessions, but the scoreboard reads 14-14. Nerves increased as Rory McIlroy, all square with Thomas up for the last, blocked his tee-shot into a plugged lie into a bunker and required two shots to get out – the 2nd catching the lip of the trap falling into the water hazard.
Europe’s lead-off man was required to give up after taking five shots to reach the green, while world number two Danny Rose also on the back-foot, three down after eight holes against Simpson. Tommy Fleetwood, Ryder Cup rookie, won his first four matches on Le Golf National but could not reproduce his form of the first two days and Finau took full advantage by the American securing four birdies in five holes from the seventh – clutching an impressive 6&4 win.
Paul Casey evened his clash with PGA Championship and US Open winner Brooks Koepka – a great birdie on the 17th While Rahm was held back by a Tiger Woods eagle at nine, Woods went on to bogey the next two holes handing the advantage straight back to Jon Rahm who couldn’t hold back the tears.
American, Jordan Spieth, could not come back from three early bogeys giving Olesen his first Ryder Cup point, before Sergio Garcia held of Rickie Fowler and added to the lists of records beaten over the incredible week, securing his spot at the top of the points-won league table – 25.5.
British Open champion Francesco Molinari overcame five time major winner Phil Mickelson to get Europe to the 14 point winning mark, while becoming the first ever European to win five points in one Ryder Cup. Giving Europe a great edge over the favoured Americans on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt.
The final shot came from Alex Noren a Swedish rookie, who after conceding a short birdie putt to Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th hole, made a 40-foot birdie putt to win the match. Europe now has won nine of the last 12. While the Americans remain winless away from home since 1993.
A great day for European golf.
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