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Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods reacts to USA's crushing Ryder Cup defeat

03 October 2018

Meanwhile, European pick Sergio Garcia, who hadn't shown much form all season, went 3-0-0 to become the winningest player in Ryder Cup history. Even if he had not won any points here, he's still won a lot of Ryder Cup points.

They win as one.

"Personally for me, it doesn't matter what you do in singles", he said. But you know, we do it together.

Bjorn said he was not aware of the incident.

But in the end, name value mattered little as Europe confidently batted the United States charge away, winning the Ryder Cup by a heavy margin of 17.5 points to 10.5 points. In brief comments after losing his match to Rahm 2&1, he was resigned to having cost the US a chance at victory with his play over the past three days.

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Europe entered the day just 4.5 points shy of clinching the cup, which the Americans won in 2016. Meanwhile Reed lost twice with Tiger Woods and his Captain America image took a pummelling.

Reed said Jordan Spieth had not wanted to play with him, thereby breaking up a successful partnership at Gleneagles and Hazeltine. Dustin Johnson had risen to world No. 1. Bryson DeChambeau, in his first Ryder Cup, was shut out.

However, winning the Tour Championship on the eve of the Ryder Cup appeared to take its toll, as did the 42-year-old's packed playing schedule, as he flopped badly in France.

A USA comeback would have tied the biggest in Ryder Cup play, equaling the four-point American rally in 1999, and would have been the first by the Americans on European soil since 1993.

"We just didn't quite execute", said Mickelson, who admitted this Ryder Cup may have been his last. I could have conversations with them and know how they work, what they do, what makes them tick, what makes them do the right things coming into it, so we could out-lay plans for them and then go with that.

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For sure, home advantage plays a part too.

Mark Thompson, managing director of sponsorship management firm SponServe, said they could become "one of the most valuable partnerships in golf history".

"A neutral set-up is not going to happen for 20 or 30 years", Harrington said.

The response got a rousing reaction from the European fans that were packed around the green at Le Golf National's third hole. "Then it just comes down to us playing and playing as well as we can". On Day 1, he sent out his five rookies in the first fourball session, determined to get the nerves out of their system and carry out a plan that was weeks in the making. After all he endured to get back here, and after the success he had along the way, the Ryder Cup pain is undeniable. "That's four points to their side and none to our side". Yes, he gets to fill out the squad with some captain picks, makes the pairings and is responsible for building team camaraderie.

In contrast, Jim Furyk's three wildcards combined for just two points - both of those picked up by rookie Tony Finau.

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'I think it might be a couple of months before I'm able to think about that, ' said Bjorn, smiling. It's a small thing but indicative that he is tolerated as a special case and isn't a real team player. The comebacks (or meltdowns, depending on your perspective) at Brookline and Medinah have forever changed the tenor of a 10-6 score. In each of those miracle matches the eventual victor got off to a blazing-fast start, winning at least the first five matches, and sure enough there was about a half-hour period Sunday when the Americans were in position to claim the first six matches.

Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods reacts to USA's crushing Ryder Cup defeat