McIlroy again unreliable in Ryder Cup singles

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Francesco Molinari fittingly clinched victory at Le Golf National as Europe maintained their outstanding streak in home Ryder Cups with a convincing 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States. His 4-and-2 win over Phil Mickelson, sealed when the American conceded the match after dumping a tee shot into the water at No. 16, gave Molinari a fifth point of the week.

Woods three times had the misfortune to face the European powerhouse duo of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, who teamed up for four wins.

"We've got to take all that in and you look at Brookline, Medinah, plenty of examples of these scorelines not meaning a lot until you get to singles", Bjorn said. They got beat 3&1.

Thorbjorn Olesen crushed Jordan Spieth one day after Bjorn sat him for both sessions Saturday.

The 35-year-old had never won a full point from his two previous Ryder Cup appearances in 2010 and 2012, but he has now been part of three winning teams, and he said this was the best outfit of the lot.

Rahm, who led after all but one hole, pumped his fists and screamed with joy after his winning four-foot birdie putt left Europe two wins from victory.

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"I spent more time hitting balls throughout the week than I have all year trying to find something that would click, and it's just been a struggle".

"To have a Ryder Cup end that way, for me personally, it doesn't feel very good because I didn't help my teammates earn any points", he added.

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.

"The European side played some exquisite golf and flat-out beat us - but they beat us on the course".

"I was not playing my best, " Mickelson said. But he'd barely begun talking to Mickelson when Thomas Bjorn, his European counterpart, came over and offered Lefty a very classy thank-you for displaying the kind of sportsmanship the organizers had in mind when they first put Sam Ryder's solid-gold trophy up as a prize. I'd love to be in Italy [in 2022], but you know, 41 right now, so we'll see. Every time, probably most of my wins, I've been a bit teary.

"There was a little moment in the middle of it all where I was getting a little bit anxious, but then everybody stood up and did their bit", Bjorn said.

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"I think he's frustrated and also disappointed because he knows he was playing well coming into the tournament, " said Joe LaCava, Woods' caddie.

He split up the USA's most successful partnership at Gleneagles and Hazeltine in Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed and, while Spieth won three out of four with Justin Thomas, Reed was awful paired with Tiger Woods. "We did just an fantastic job".

"Their captain did a better job than I did", United States captain Jim Furyk said. "This is the best team room I've ever been in".

"Some of that [poor record] might be that Tiger Woods hasn't played his best golf, but primarily it is that he hasn't had the support", said Chamblee, a former PGA Tour victor. "Just pretty pissed off, the fact that I lost three matches and didn't feel like I played poorly".

"They outplayed us", said USA captain Jim Furyk, who has cut a dignified figure through hard times for his team which included nine major champions. Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was the heart and soul of the European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1.

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