SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – The United States’ long wait for a Ryder Cup victory on European soil goes on after they slumped to an emphatic 17.5-10.5 defeat at Le Golf National.
Jim Furyk’s men briefly threatened to pull off a stirring Sunday comeback, but ultimately came up well short as Europe recorded a sixth successive home win.
Our Ryder Cup round-up brings you all of the key details from a memorable day in Paris.
DAY 3 SCORES
Justin Thomas beat Rory McIlroy 1 up
Paul Casey halved with Brooks Koepka
Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2
Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods 2 and 1
Tony Finau beat Tommy Fleetwood 6 and 4
Ian Poulter beat Dustin Johnson 2 up
Thorbjorn Olesen beat Jordan Spieth 5 and 4
Sergio Garcia beat Rickie Fowler 2 and 1
Francesco Molinari beat Phil Mickelson 4 and 2
Patrick Reed beat Tyrrell Hatton 3 and 2
Henrik Stenson beat Bubba Watson 5 and 4
Alex Noren beat Bryson DeChambeau 1 up
— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) September 30, 2018
Singles score: Europe 7.5-4.5 United States
Overall score: Europe 17.5-10.5 United States
THE BIG MOMENTS
– Europe moved to the magical 14.5-point mark when Mickelson found the water off the 16th tee and promptly conceded defeat to Molinari, who was 2 up at the time.
– The U.S. had initially closed to within one point, their charge starting when Thomas beat McIlroy at the 18th thanks to the Northern Irishman finding a plugged lie in a fairway bunker, failing to escape and then firing into the water.
– Fittingly, the last action of the event brought one more memorable moment for Europe, Noren holing a monster putt on the final hole to beat DeChambeau.
The perfect way to finish!!!#TeamEurope #RyderCup pic.twitter.com/8hn4hC8Qf6
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 30, 2018
STARS OF THE DAY
– Olesen had not played since Friday morning, but showed why Thomas Bjorn rates him so highly, thumping Spieth 5 and 4.
– Finau turned in a similarly impressive display to beat the previously unstoppable Fleetwood 6 and 4.
– Yet the man who took center stage was Molinari, whose victory over Mickelson saw him become the first European in history to win five matches out of five at a Ryder Cup.
FLOPS OF THE DAY
– Woods’ defeat to Rahm ensured the winner of last week’s Tour Championship finished with an abysmal 0-4 record. Seven days on from his drought-breaking success at East Lake, Woods must reflect on another hugely disappointing Ryder Cup campaign.
– Mickelson also ended the event without a point, albeit from just two matches, while world No. 1 Johnson suffered a fourth defeat in five outings, at the hands of world number 34 Poulter.
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) September 30, 2018
WHAT THEY SAID
“Thomas [Bjorn] was a better captain, and their team outplayed us. And there’s nothing more you can say. They deserved to win.” – United States captain Jim Furyk is magnanimous in defeat
“This is the best team room I’ve ever been in. It was calm. It was determined. It was focused. It was fun. Everything that this Ryder Cup was, is what I think the Ryder Cup should be about for a European team.” – Bjorn hails the togetherness of his squad
“I’ve been kind of carried by the other guys the other two times I was on the winning side, and it was about time to help them and do a good job. But it’s really not about the individual. It’s about the group. It’s incredible.” – Molinari plays down his major role in Europe’s success