Europe's Italian golfer Francesco Molinari (C) celebrates with Europe's English golfer Tommy Fleetwood after victory in during his singles match on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 30, 2018.
Fleetwood, one of five rookies in Bjorn's dozen, is the first European debutant in Ryder Cup history to win his first four matches while his union with this year's Open champion, already nicknamed Moliwood, is the first from Europe to win maximum points from the first two days.
Europe has a 5-3 advantage going into the second day of the Ryder Cup, a lead that feels even bigger with the momentum from its first sweep of a session since 1989.
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.
"It's disappointing because I went 0-4, and that's four points to the European team", Woods said after Europe had clinched victory in the biennial event. The match was all square briefly after a Woods birdie on the 12th, but Rahm won the next two holes and eventually closed out the 14-time major champion 2 and 1, paving the way for a European team win. In brief comments after losing his match to Rahm 2&1, he was resigned to having cost the USA a chance at victory with his play over the past three days.
One of golf's great mysteries continues: Why is Woods' Ryder Cup record so lousy? "Then it just comes down to us playing and playing as well as we can". The world's top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, fell 2 and 1 to Ian Poulter of England.
Woods came into the event on the back of a first win in five years at the Tour Championship and supposedly more invested than ever before in the contest having acted as a vice-captain in the victory at Hazeltine in 2016. I was fortunate enough to have won one and we were all coming here on a high and feeling great about our games, about what we were doing, and excited about playing this week. Mickelson, with a win in March, finished just outside of the top eight in the points list to earn an automatic berth on the team.
Sergio Garcia was in tears. Jordan Spieth is an abysmal 0-6 in singles matches in the Ryder Cup and Presidents cup combined, a statistic that is extremely confusing. Garcia showed why by going 3-1.
He played so poorly this year that he failed to qualify for the PGA Tour's post-season.
The victory moved Garcia onto 24 1/2 points at the Ryder Cup - past Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Billy Casper, and with only Nick Faldo on 25 ahead of him.