Ryder Cup -- Europe defeats United States to maintain home dominance

Francesco Molinari right and Tommy Fleetwood have been unbeatable at the Ryder Cup

MATT DUNHAM APFrancesco Molinari right and Tommy Fleetwood have been unbeatable at the Ryder Cup

Woods hasn't won any of his three matches. He'd heard the giddy fans in the grandstand stomping their feet and singing, "Gooooooneeeee be the U-S-A!"

"Massively important", Molinari said, when asked how important it was to keep pushing. "We have 12 wonderful players, and they can't all play every match, and you accept what you get". Mickelson also sat out both Saturday matches four years ago at Gleneagles when the Americans lost the Ryder Cup with Tom Watson at the helm. Furyk was an impotent captain for the USA, making decisions that seemed based off old memories instead of recent results. The Americans did it at Brookline in 1999, while Europe pulled off the Miracle at Medinah in 2012.

"We've got a feisty guy in Justin Thomas leading us off", Furyk said. The feeling of the momentum switching, of hearing the European crowd and seeing the blue - it's a tough feeling to stomach. "It's in the list of my top-3 nightmares in golf".

Now he's had two days of Ryder Cup matches with him, as well as Fleetwood, who has now earned the most points by any European Ryder Cup rookie. That's what it's all about. "We go ahead tomorrow and focus on what's ahead and not what's done". His fellow Dane, Thorbjorn Olesen, will be making his first appearance since a first-morning defeat in the company of Rory McIlroy.

Overall, Europe's superiority was obvious on Saturday morning as they stormed into an 8-4 lead. Woods, coming off an inspiring victory at the Tour Championship for his first title since his litany of back surgeries, has looked flat in the Paris suburbs. In contrast, Woods, Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, who didn't feature at all on the second day, have contributed zilch for the Americans and all are playing poorly. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has a 1-3 record, presumptive Player of the Year Brooks Koepka is under.500 (1-2) and three-time victor Bryson DeChambeau has looked wholly out of his depth as a rookie on the road.

For the United States, it was a big week of questions with few answers.

"We've been outplayed", he said.

"History will show me and everybody on that team that this is not over".

But this was more about the Europeans as a team, and they were tougher than ever on a course they know well. "There's no bones about it".

They had started the day 10-6 up, needing to secure four and a half of the 12 points available to win back the trophy and extend their stranglehold on home soil that dates back to 1993.

It fell to Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth to try to salvage a victory over Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm in the last of the early matches Saturday, and the Americans did not disappoint. "We're trying to make some magic tomorrow".

Justin Thomas reacts to his match-winner.

'It's frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn't perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back'.

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