Struggling Americans produce predictable finish at Ryder Cup

Hope Soto
October 4, 2018

"Thomas (Bjorn) was a better captain, and their team outplayed us".

This was a predictable result.

USA writers still assume they have the 12 best players in the world.

He arrived in Paris on a high after ending a five-year victory drought when he won the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.

Paris - What the Americans need is a Ryder Cup team filled with guys like Patrick Reed.

"The European side played some exquisite golf and flat-out beat us - but they beat us on the course". Dustin Johnson had risen to world No. 1.

Bryson DeChambeau: Went 0-3 in his Ryder Cup debut, but also paired with struggling players in Mickelson and Woods. He's a great captain and his 12 team members, top to bottom, all played very well.

The Europeans won six of the last seven matches to equal the spread from Hazeltine and hand the Americans their most lopsided defeat in 12 years.

OK, now that's just borderline insane.

"Oh, he'd be brilliant", a jaded but beaming Bjorn said in a morning-after-the-night-before chat as workers began dismantling the huge Ryder Cup set-up at Le Golf National. But the eye-opening seven-point winning margin was the result of a flawless storm.

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In other words, the lopsided nature of this contest must be considered something of a fluke.

Enough of the second-guessing for captain Jim Furyk and all the lame excuses and theories as to why the United States flamed out at another Ryder Cup on European soil.

One example: The Euros' ability to harness momentum.

Europe's captain Thomas Bjorn shrugged off an incident involving Rory McIlroy as tempers threatened to boil over on a raucous second day at the Ryder Cup. The galleries erupted. The normally stoic Molinari made a beeline for a pack of fans wearing yellow Oxford shirts and flat-bill European caps, and he bounced and danced amid the frenzied crowd, bathing in champagne. "There's pressure on you if you're going to be picked, and they stood up, all of them this week, and showed what they are worth". The Americans, who had gotten off to a 3-0 start in the morning, were immediately on their back foot, and they never recovered.

Bjørn offered a defence of Jim Furyk, the defeated United States captain who came under attack from one of his own players, Patrick Reed, in the Ryder Cup aftermath.

Thomas Bjorn's decision to select Ryder Cup stalwart Sergio Garcia despite his dismal form this season proved an inspired one as the Spaniard claimed three wins from four matches to eclipse Nick Faldo and become the leading points scorer in Ryder Cup history with 25.5. He halved his singles match with Tiger Woods at Medinah to ensure Europe didn't just retain the cup but won it outright, yet he didn't feel he really contributed.

Speaking of Woods, Furyk's captain's picks haven't carried their weight in France as Woods, DeChambeau, Finau and Phil Mickleson have a combined record of 1-7-0.

Somehow, though, Finau (2-1-0) was the only one to earn any points for the U.S. Mickelson looked lost, Woods exhausted and confused by the greens, and DeChambeau like the victim of circumstances and hot players for Europe.

On a remarkable afternoon, Molinari becomes the first European player to compile a flawless 5-0 record in the contest, with American Larry Nelson the only other to do so in 1979, while Garcia's 2 and 1 victory over Rickie Fowler made him Europe's all-time leading Ryder Cup points scorer.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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