Europe Defeats U.S. to Win Ryder Cup

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Tiger Woods was as hot as any golfer in the world heading into the Ryder Cup this weekend.

The United States needed to equal its biggest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history to retain the trophy, but Team USA continued to struggle at Le Golf National, and several American players dropped lopsided matches.

"I nearly was hoping Sergio would do it", the Italian said immediately after his victory over a hapless Phil Mickelson confirmed the Ryder Cup was coming back to Europe.

Spaniard Rahm dedicated his win to his late compatriot Seve Ballesteros, the five-times major champion whose passion for the Ryder Cup helped lift the event from virtual obscurity into one of the biggest events on the calendar. They combined to score 9.5 points with Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson getting three each, Poulter winning two and Casey netting 1.5. It's now 0-4.

Finau, a Lehi resident, and Koepka were 4 down with five holes to play in the morning session, but they won Nos.

"I thought that the way he brought everybody in together on decisions. some of you might question some of the decisions, but everything was done with reason, input, thought through", said Mickelson. "I just can not describe how I feel about these 12". They have been awesome from day one and it was easy for me to guide them.

"I think I got it right". The top five ranked players on the US side - all in the world top 10 - combined for a record of 10-15-1. "At the end of the day, we came here as a team and we win or lose, and unfortunately we lost this one".

At that point, the US had cut the deficit to 10.5-9.5 and the momentum was firmly on the Americans' side. The 42-year-old golfer was coming off his first PGA Tour win in more than five years, taking home the Tour Championship last weekend. McIlroy pointed out before the Ryder Cup began that he was pleasantly surprised with Rahm's contribution to the conversation.

Molinari became the first European player to go 5-0 in the competition since the current format was adopted in 1979.

"For me, it's been a lot of golf for a short period of time". Next year's Presidents Cup will be played months after the finish of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, at Royal Melbourne in Australia, so Woods will have more time to space out his schedule.

"We never, ever looked towards their team about what they were about". "It's a course they know pretty well but they did a great job playing it". They hit key shots and knocked in the clutch putts.

The golf season meanders somewhat from here, with the evidently shattered Tiger Woods expected to play only in his own invitational event before next January.

Four years ago after defeat in Gleneagles Mickelson was hugely critical of captain Tom Watson but he had nothing but praise for Furyk.

Phil Mickelson lost both of his matches and his form was so dodgy Furyk played him only twice - and probably should have played him only once, in the singles, which is a requirement.