"I didn't think it was a great Ryder Cup setup, to be honest". Nothing was going to stop us. "We want to be tested".
"I think anyone of us would have deserved to clinch the winning point", Molinari said, "and I was nearly hoping Sergio was going to do it because I knew he was going to become the guy with most points (in Ryder Cups)". Before the competition began, the hosts had played a cumulative 232 rounds of competition golf on the course, the United States just eight, half of them by Thomas (four points from five). As one of the five committee men who will rubber-stamp that decision, Bjorn gave the Irishman, who was one of his vice-captains last week, an enthusiastic endorsement.
For a team of largely bomb-and-gouge specialists the setup at Le Golf National was kryptonite.
"There's just one Tiger and he's called Chicco", headlined Corriere Dello Sport, using 35-year-old Molinari's nickname.
This was a predictable result. They had the strongest team considering all 12 were among the top 25 players in the world ranking.More news: Donald Trump lashed out at two female reporters for doing their job
Molinari has been transformed since he started working with Dave Alred, an elite performance coach who helps players improve the mental side of their game.
The Americans began the day on top, with Justin Thomas finishing 1-up on Rory McIlroy. But it was a calculated risk Bjorn was comfortable with. Just when it looked like Koepka and Finau were going to dunk all over Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlory and storm back to win that match, Garcia ended them as only the all-time Ryder Cup points leader can. Coming off an emotional week in Atlanta, where he won for the first time in more than five years, Woods showed up to Le Golf National and just looked gassed.
"It's hard to argue that when you've got players like Alex [Noren] and Tommy [Fleetwood], who have won around here; that they obviously feel good about themselves. Well, then you'll all see it as well, I guess".
Bjorn compared Le Golf National to TPC Sawgrass, which annually hosts The Players, but that's an oversimplification.
He has also totally turned around his rivalry with the 14-time major victor in 2018, having avenged his singles loss at Celtic Manor with the three wins alongside Fleetwood, after also lifting the Claret Jug in July when playing partner Woods had led with eight holes remaining.More news: Murray ends season after Verdasco loss
Furyk took the heat for the loss, saying: "Thomas was a better captain and their team outplayed us". "But he was still hitting great shots".
"It was clearly the best", said Poulter.
"Why don't you ask Francesco how are 17 and 18 playing?" Spieth at times displays a swagger that I think we all know lurks deep within, and I find it rather delightful.
"If you compare it to the types of courses that America likes to play their Ryder Cups on, no rough, easy pins birdie-fests, we like to play them on as tough a test as we can possibly get".
'I just tried to do things well and be professional and I had an incredible partner in Tommy alongside me. His overall record is now 13-21-3, giving him the second-most losses in American team history - behind Phil Mickelson, who lost both of his matches this week and has now lost 22 times. "We probably found a better way around it", Bjorn acknowledged.More news: American, Japanese win Nobel for cancer research
For sure, home advantage plays a part too. A right-handed pull hitter has always been able to do some damage at Fenway Park, and there's a reason why Rafael Nadal is known as "The King of Clay".