Le Golf National, France (CNN)In the end it was a demolition job, except the dream-wreckers weren't the superstars of America. The face of a dejected and tired-looking Tiger Woods told the story as the deflated USA team met reporters at yet another losing Ryder Cup media conference, this time near Paris. Follow @cnnsport It wasn't supposed to end like this. They were supposed to be celebrating an historic Ryder Cup win in Europe. A first for 25 years, a hoodoo finally broken. Instead, joking and laughing their way through their meeting with the media, it was the champagne-clutching European side who had dismantled arguably the strongest team in history. JUST WATCHED Why Europe triumphed and US crumbled? Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Why Europe triumphed and US crumbled? 03:40 READ: Europe trounces USA in Paris Read More Tiger's toil, 'Moliwood' magic For Woods, the hero of golf for last week's stunning comeback win, it was a seventh defeat … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup: How a WhatsApp ‘love-in’ and tattoo pledge inspired Europe
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ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Tommy Fleetwood sat at one end of the dais on Sunday night and blew kisses across the table to Francesco Molinari, who emerged, with Fleetwood’s help, as the leading man in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory against the United States. Molinari, who sealed his 5-0 record with a 4-and-2 victory against Phil Mickelson in the singles round, was fielding a question about becoming a folk hero after following his victory in July’s British Open with his star turn here. Molinari, whose expressionless manner was made fun of in a precompetition team video, said with his usual poker face in place that statistically, he stood “a good chance of winning some points.” Before he could continue, Fleetwood leaned into his microphone and said: “You’re so arrogant. Get over yourself.” Led by Fleetwood, the European players all had a good chuckle, and not just because Molinari is about as modest as major winners come. The group … [Read more...] about In Ryder Cup, Europe Leaves Egos at Door. Those of U.S. Slam the Door.
ST-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — While roars erupted around him, Phil Mickelson wordlessly pounded ball after ball with his driver, like a player possessed. It was midway through Saturday’s morning session at the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, and Mickelson was the only United States player on the practice range. He was hard at work on a problem that none of the Americans have been able to solve this week: how to straighten their drives so they can find the course’s corsetlike fairways. The United States team’s most accurate player off the tee is the guy driving the cart, the captain Jim Furyk, who was 10th in the PGA Tour’s statistical rankings this season. Mickelson was No. 192, and his wildness off the tee greatly contributed to the 5-and-4 defeat he endured with Bryson DeChambeau in his first match, against Sergio García and Alex Noren in alternate-ball. After sitting out Saturday morning’s session, Mickelson wanted to play in the … [Read more...] about For Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup, One Last Chance to Deliver
ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The last time the United States won a Ryder Cup on the road, Davis Love III was a fresh-faced American rookie instead of a savvy two-time captain, and Ian Poulter, the future leader of the European team, was a teenage fan spending his nights in a tent. It was 1993, when holding a Ryder Cup in Europe still meant holding it in Britain. But the event has broken free of its traditional moorings in earnest now, as this week’s landing in the Paris suburbs makes clear. The Ryder Cup and France seem an odd marriage at first — and second — glance: The French would much rather watch soccer or play tennis than obsess over a three-day team golf competition. (And aren’t the British leaving the European Union soon, anyway?) The Cup is here on the Continent in search of new audiences and sustained momentum, and it will be back in 2022, pitching its merchandise tents at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome. By then, the … [Read more...] about Many Changes in the Ryder Cup Over 25 Years, and the Americans Seek One More
ST-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Chasing its first Ryder Cup victory on the road in 25 years, the United States took an early 3-1 lead on Friday morning, only to lose it in historic fashion in the afternoon. Europe unmistakably struck back on the first day of the first Ryder Cup to be staged in France, sweeping all four of the alternate-shot matches by considerable margins to go ahead by 5-3 heading into Saturday. “Emotions run high in this,” said Thomas Bjorn, Europe’s grizzled captain. “It was a tough, tough morning for me as a captain, and I’m sure it was a tough afternoon for Jim.” Jim Furyk, the U.S. captain and a longtime Ryder Cup player, has had to deal with plenty of European brilliance and celebration through the years. But this was the first time since the Ryder Cup began in 1927 that a European team had swept an alternate shot, or foursomes, session. “We didn’t come here to win the foursomes, we came here to win … [Read more...] about Afternoon Rout Gives Europe a 5-3 Lead at the Ryder Cup