Europe surge into four-point lead over United States at Ryder Cup

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Here came "Moliwood" at Le Golf National, the latest Ryder Cup sensation and the first European tandem to win all four matches since the current format began in 1979.

It would not, in fact, be a surprise if Captain America's passport were revoked after what transpired in Saturday morning's fourball match alongside Tiger Woods against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, who dusted them, 4&3.

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

It surely helped that Thomas had been the only member of the U.S. team to play at Le Golf National when it staged the French Open on this Albatros course three months ago, finishing eighth.

Unlike in the past two Ryder Cups, when he was vocal and antagonistic toward the European players and fans, this week Reed has been as quiet as a shy sixth grader trying to fit in at a new school.

The Americans gave themselves a glimmer of hope, picking up the final two points.

Bjorn had opted to stick two of his most experienced men out first, looking to continue that momentum from Friday afternoon, and birdies apiece on three and four had them two up early on.

The talismanic Poulter all but ended the encounter as a contest with a dead-eyed birdie putt on the 13th, after an incredible recovery shot from McIlroy out of thick rough. I think the idea ... to rest him on Friday afternoon was a good one. "Get out there and do all the right things, and this is not over till you've got the points on the board". And he could have easily played with Woods or Mickelson, both of whom long ago figured to play no a couple of times per day but are sitting here at a combined 0-4.

"So I was waiting for the right moment, and I think to win the match this afternoon, it felt like the right time". The Americans have never made up that much ground away from home, though they were the first to win after trailing 10-6, at Brookline in 1999 when they front-loaded the Sunday lineup with their biggest stars. Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton won minutes later to put Europe up 7-3.

"It has been 10 years".

Johnson and Koepka lost a fierce tussle 2&1 against Europe's old reliables Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

The duo known as "Moliwood" led from the very first hole on the way to a 5-and-4 whipping, the match ending when DeChambeau missed a birdie putt at the par-5 14th hole, before it even reached a closing stretch that looks like something out of Waterworld. His tee shot on 11 went straight at the pin, his putt from five feet into the centre of the cup.

It left Garcia tantalizingly short of the one point required to take his tally past the 25 of all-time Ryder Cup points record scorer Nick Faldo. We ran up against two guys that were both playing well.

Having been 3-1 down to Team USA on Friday morning, Thomas Bjorn and his diligent dozen got down to business. "It's a remarkable performance, and that pairing came out of long conversations with the two of them, and a relationship they built with each other over a long time".

There was no such drama in match three as Molinari and Fleetwood - the first European rookie to claim four points from his first four matches - piled further misery on Woods.

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