Fleetwood, Molinari make European Ryder Cup history

Sep 30, 2018, 00:07
Fleetwood, Molinari make European Ryder Cup history

One of those victories came courtesy of the partnership of McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, with the European pair downing Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka 2&1.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari were given the chance to claim their fourth win in as many matches - and third against Woods - while Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy reunited for a contest with Spieth and Thomas.

Denmark's Olesen struck his first Ryder Cup tee shot into the water, but spent much of the match carrying four-time major victor McIlroy, who failed to make a single birdie or win a hole.

For his afternoon round, McIlroy was paired with Ian Poulter as they went up against Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas. They were 4-1-2 in the Ryder Cup, 8-1-3 if you include Presidents Cup.

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Leading the field coming into the final day this morning, Woods got off to a flier with a birdie on the first hole, aided by competitors Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy dropping shots. But after being whitewashed so dominantly and entering the trailing 5-3, the Americans desperately needed to create some early momentum to climb back into the match. We need every single man on the course to do their bit and really play hard and be determined to win this back. Paired with Woods instead of Jordan Spieth-who was paired successfully with Reed in 2014 and 2016-Reed has been uncharacteristically subdued.

With a home Ryder Cup this week, that fan behavior didn't seem it would be something to come up with McIlroy this time. Yet... "Now that we as a group - Tiger, myself, Furyk and (assistant Steve) Stricker - we've been part of the winning side on the Presidents Cup, we've been on the losing side on the Ryder Cup. we know exactly what the difference is and now that we have involvement we're going to fix it".

There have been two memorable comebacks from a 10-6 deficit.

What a joy it would be to see him and Poulter paired off in the Sunday singles.

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It surely helped that Thomas had been the only member of the United States team to play at Le Golf National when it staged the French Open on this Albatros course three months ago, finishing eighth. "If we go out there and we get a couple of points early then the pressure shifts exclusively on to them", he said. "Playing Ryder Cups over here are extremely fun", said three-time major victor Spieth.

Incidentally when asked about whether their energy levels were waning after playing two 36-hole days in a row Thomas and Spieth had a simple answer: "We are 25 years old".

"It was the Casey Express train the front nine", Hatton said after collecting his first Ryder Cup point.

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