US Falls Flat at Ryder Cup (Again), Loses to Europe 17½–10½
Tiger and Phil go winless, as the Americans lose for the ninth time in the past 12 Cups.
The U.S. Ryder Cup road woes continue, as the team was trounced in Europe once again, this time losing 17½–10½ at Le Golf National in Paris, France. The Americans haven’t won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993.
Also true to form were the disappointing performances by U.S. golf superstars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The pair went winless—Woods: 0–4; Mickelson: 0–2—for the tournament. Mickelson, making his record 12th Ryder Cup appearance, sealed the victory for Europe when he sent a shot into the water in his match, guaranteeing his opponents the 14½ points needed for a Cup victory. Mickelson also set the dubious record of losing his 22nd Cup match, the most all-time by an individual competitor.
“This team has been incredible from the start,” said European team member—and 2018 British Open champion—Francisco Molinari. “We were determined to do the job. Nothing was going to stop us. And you saw it on the course.”
The Americans entered Sunday down 10–6. But despite an early rally that closed the gap to one, the Europeans clobbered the U.S. in individual play as the afternoon wore on. The only thing left for the U.S. team to do is to wait until 2020, when the Cup comes to Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin and hope home turf serve them well.