SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Thomas Bjorn sounded a warning to his team Saturday that “this is not over” after Europe took a 10-6 lead heading into Sunday’s singles at the Ryder Cup.
It has been a remarkable revival for the hosts, who were 3-1 down after the first session as the U.S. initially appeared to justify its tag as favorites.
A stunning foursomes sweep came as part of eight consecutive points for the rampant Europeans, whose progress was checked slightly by a 2-2 draw in Saturday’s afternoon matches.
But Bjorn pointed to a long history of the tide turning on the last day of this event as Europe seeks to regain the title.
In 1997 at Valderrama, Europe’s five-point lead shrunk to one on the final day; at Brookline two years later, the Americans triumphed from 10-6 down, a feat Europe mirrored at Medinah in 2012.
“You keep reminding yourself that we had a big lead at Valderrama, we had a big lead at Brookline,” Bjorn said. “At Valderrama we won, but only just.
“At Brookline we lost. At Medinah we were a long way behind, and we turned it around.
“So history will show me and everybody on that team that this is not over. That’s what it’s all about. You go full bore [on Sunday].
“Get out there and do all the right things, and this is not over until you’ve got the points on the board.”
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Saturday’s lineup meant Bjorn’s compatriot Thorbjorn Olesen was the only European to get just one match in before the singles.
Bjorn explained: “That’s just what happens sometimes in the Ryder Cup; that you come in and you’re playing all right, and you’re doing the right things, and when you’re a rookie, you end up playing two games.
“That’s just the nature of the beast, and that’s hard for the captain, but it’s hard for the player.
“Thorbjorn is a good egg, and he’s a boy that will turn this around, and he might go out and show his old Danish friend that he was wrong [on Sunday].”