The victor of The Open Championship in July, Molinari formed a dream partnership with Tommy Fleetwood this week, the duo's ideal record in fourball and foursomes matches a key factor in ensuring the United States of America remain without a win on European soil since 1993.
The 48-year-old Mickelson, appearing in his 12th straight Ryder Cup, still has time to turn his week around in Sunday's singles matches.
Reed, the man called "Captain America" after previous Ryder Cup successes, also claimed it was "not smart" of U.S. captain Jim Furyk to leave him out of two sessions. Thomas was one of few bright spots for the USA, as the 25-year-old went 4-1 in his Ryder Cup debut. Behind them, Woods was hanging tough against Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson started to pull ahead of Ian Poulter.
"You know this golf course has 18 holes?"
"I just try to do things, be professional and obviously I had an fantastic partner in Tommy", he said.
It was Molinari who withstood Woods' charge at the British Open in July, staying calm amid frenzied scenes playing with the American, who electrified Carnoustie as he stormed into the lead halfway through the final round.
"The golf course might not have suited them, it might not have set up great for them". Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was the heart and soul of the European team, and Garcia responded by going 3-1. By day's end the nickname "Moliwood" had emerged after an absolute shellacking of US wunderkinds Justin Thomas and Spieth. He became the first Italian to win a major.
"I'll have a better understanding of what my training needs to be for next year so that I certainly can endure the entire season because this year was very much up in the air of how much I would play or if I would play at all".
As the Europeans celebrated a sixth successive victory on home soil and ninth in the last 12 matches, it emerged the Dane had promised his players he'd indulge in some body art that showed the score if they could upset the odds against a star-studded American side.
"What this team did was not drop their guard until this moment right here", said Justin Rose, adding a moment of seriousness to the proceeding. They deserved to win.
After posting seven top-7s, climbing from 656th in the world to 13th, winning his first tournament in five years and being part of the Ryder Cup team, Woods, 42, is likely in for a long, extended break. "And, in the team room, they bring experience and understanding".
"You can call me insane, but I have every belief that these guys could get it done".
If that's the last Ryder Cup that Mickelson and Woods play in, they will have lifted just one trophy together, and it took a miracle to win that one in 1999.