Ryder Cup 2018 - Day 3

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Europe regains Ryder Cup after dramatic Sunday Singles.
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September 30, 2018
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International Team Event

Ryder Cup 2018

September 28-30

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Past winners

September 28-30

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Past winners

Day 3

Europe regains Ryder Cup after dramatic Sunday Singles

Day 1

Day 2

Day 1

Day 2

September 30, 2018

Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the USA as star man Francesco Molinari became the first-ever European to win all five of his matches with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

© Matthew Harris / TGPL

Ian Poulter's dramatic 2-up win against Dustin Johnson had sent Thomas Bjorn's hosts to a guaranteed 14 points with Henrik Stenson 5-up on Bubba Watson with five to play, before Molinari finished the job.

"It's been an incredible week," said Molinari.

"It's been a long week, playing five matches, but you know, again, I stepped it up when I had to and you know, that putt on 14 was great. Just amazing."

Jon Rahm had earlier dealt Tiger Woods a fourth loss of the Ryder Cup as Europe weathered an early fightback from the US at Le Golf National.

© Matthew Harris / TGPL

Spanish rookie Rahm won his first Ryder Cup point with a 2 and 1 victory over Woods, the American suffering just his second singles defeat in eight matches in the competition.

"To beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on the Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it's the best feeling of my life," said the 23-year-old Rahm.

Rahm's triumph came after Thorbjørn Olesen, in the seventh match to tee off, powered to an impressive 5 and 4 win over the in-form Jordan Spieth to quell the US team's momentum.

Jim Furyk's men had pulled to within a point after claiming 3½ points from the first four matches on Sunday, with Justin Thomas defeating Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opening clash.

A calamitous 18th hole for McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman find the bunker with his tee shot, as well as the water, as Thomas picked up his fourth point of the competition.

Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka halved the second match, while Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2 after carding six birdies to put away the Olympic champion on the Albatros course.

Tony Finau romped to a 6 and 4 win over fellow rookie Tommy Fleetwood, denying the Englishman the chance to become the first European to win five points from a possible five at the Ryder Cup.

© Matthew Harris / TGPL

Sergio Garcia, who was one of Captain Thomas Bjørn's wild card picks, defeated Rickie Fowler 2&1 to move to 25½ career points and become Europe's all-time leading point scorer.

"It means a lot but at the end of the day, and I've always said it, it's about the team and I'm happy that I was able to help."

"Obviously I'm so thankful to Thomas for picking me and believing in me."

"I'm happy that I was able to help with some of the points."

"It's a bonus. It's something that I never thought I would have the possibility of doing and now that it's happened, you know, I'm just so happy."

14½ to win
Points Needed
14 to retain
Europe
 
USA
17½
Score
10½
Sunday Singles
Rory McIlroy
 
1 Up
Justin Thomas
Paul Casey
Halved
Brooks Koepka
Justin Rose
3&2
Webb Simpson
Jon Rahm
2&1
Tiger Woods
Tommy Fleetwood
6&4
Tony Finau
Ian Poulter
2 Up
Dustin Johnson
Thorbjørn Olesen
5&4
Jordan Spieth
Sergio Garcia
2&1
Rickie Fowler
Francesco Molinari
4&2
Phil Mickelson
Tyrrell Hatton
3&2
Patrick Reed
Henrik Stenson
5&4
Bubba Watson
Alex Noren
1 Up
Bryson DeChambeau
Saturday Results
10
Score
6
Saturday Morning Fourballs
Sergio Garcia
Rory McIlroy
2&1
 
Tony Finau
Brooks Koepka
Paul Casey
Tyrell Hatton
3&2
 
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
4&3
 
Tiger Woods
Patrick Reed
Ian Poulter
Jon Rahm
2&1
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Saturday Afternoon Foursomes
Henrik Stenson
Justin Rose
2&1
Dustin Johnson
Brooks Koepka
Sergio Garcia
Alex Noren
3&2
Bubba Watson
Webb Simpson
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
5&4
Tiger Woods
Bryson DeChambeau
Ian Poulter
Rory McIlroy
4&3
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Friday Results
Europe
 
USA
5
Score
3
Friday Morning Fourballs
Justin Rose
Jon Rahm
1 Up
Tony Finau
Brooks Koepka
Rory McIlroy
Thorbjørn Olesen
4&2
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Paul Casey
Tyrell Hatton
1 Up
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
3&1
Tiger Woods
Patrick Reed
Friday Afternoon Foursomes
Henrik Stenson
Justin Rose
3&2
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Ian Poulter
Rory McIlroy
4&2
Bubba Watson
Webb Simpson
Sergio Garcia
Alex Noren
5&4
Phil Mickelson
Bryson DeChambeau
Francesco Molinari
Tommy Fleetwood
5&4
Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth

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