Superb Sergio Garcia repays Thomas Bjorn’s faith at Ryder Cup

May JohnsonSep 30, 2018

Mickelson was desperate to make this team because the 48-year-old saw it as his last chance to win a Ryder Cup on European soil.

Europe regained the Ryder Cup as captain Thomas Bjorn's team reached the 14.5 points they required to beat the United States at a packed Le Golf National on Sunday.

"You think of Brookline, Medinah and plenty of other examples where scorelines don't mean much", the Dane said.

"Today's performance, there was a little moment in the middle of it all where I was getting a little bit anxious, but then everybody stood up and did their bit", Bjørn added.

"This is probably the most important 18 holes ahead of these 12 players for a long time".

While most sports fans may seek out a trip to Las Vegas with an eye toward the Super Bowl, a prestigious fight or March Madness, a late September journey centered on the Ryder Cup for at least one person.

When Jon Rahm downed Tiger Woods 2&1 on the 17th hole with his fourth birdie of the day, the only question left was who would do the final deed.

The Sunday loss was Woods' first in singles since losing to Italy's Costanino Rocco at his first Ryder Cup in 1997 and dropped him to 4-2-2 in that format.

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Despite the US claiming three wins in the first six matches, halving one and losing only one, it wasn't almost enough to give themselves a chance as the Europeans won three of the next four matches to claim another Ryder Cup win on home soil (they haven't lost at home since 1993).

This US team was meant to be their strongest ever, yet they were ultimately thrashed and Alex Noren provided the flawless finish for Europe - long after their victory had been secured - with a lengthy putt to beat Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th green.

The Spanish rookie recovered to move 2-up, only to show his nerves with a missed short putt on 16 to see his lead halved with two holes remaining. USA captain Jim Furyk chose not to disrupt his pairings from Friday, altering only the golfers' order of play, and Team Europe continued its dominance in the early Saturday fourball matches.

It was a harsh end to what had been an incredible year for Woods 42, who returned from multiple back surgeries without much idea how he would fare, and rose from 656th in the world to 13th, capping his PGA Tour season with his 80th victory a week ago at the Tour Championship.

Woods insisted that his body feels just fine.

"I'm just so proud for everyone on the team", Molinari said. "We can play well and nothing can happen". A 3-1 win, though, did very nicely indeed for the home team. We ran up against two guys that were both playing well. At one point, they made six out of eight birdies on the back nine, and only one person was in the hole at a time. "They did that a lot to us". The Americans need to equal the biggest last-day comeback to hang on to the trophy and, in the process, claim a first away victory since 1993.

Another still looms over Woods, dragging him down.

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