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Winner’s Circle: Europe Reclaims Ryder Cup in Blowout

On Sunday at Le Golf National, the Europeans smoked the U.S. team in singles play to reclaim the Ryder Cup.

The star of the week in Paris – without question – was Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who entered Sunday holding a 4-0 record, and then clinched the 2018 matches by taking out Phil Mickelson, 4 & 2.

Francesco Molinari Clinches Ryder Cup for Europe
Francesco Molinari celebrates after winning his match and clinching the Ryder Cup for the Europeans at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The Americans got off to the start they needed when Justin Thomas beat Rory McIlroy, 1 up, after the Northern Irishman made a mess of the 18th hole. Brooks Koepka lost a late lead to Paul Casey, but still salvaged a half-point.

Another American point was added to the board when Tony Finau trounced Tommy Fleetwood, 6 & 4, which was quickly followed by Webb Simpson beating Justin Rose, 3 & 2, to shave the European lead to just one point, 10.5 to 9.5.

But thereafter, the scoreboards at Le Golf National were painted almost entirely blue, as the Euros took seven (7) of the next eight (8) matches to win 17.5 to 10.5.

Match 1
Justin Thomas beat Rory McIlroy, 1 up

Match 2
Brooks Koepka halved Paul Casey

Match 3
Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose, 3 & 2

Match 4
Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods, 2 & 1

Match 5
Tony Finau beat Tommy Fleetwood, 6 & 4

Match 6
Ian Poulter beat Dustin Johnson, 2 up

Match 7
Thornjorn Olesen beat Jordan Spieth, 5 & 4

Match 8
Sergio Garcia beat Rickie Fowler, 2 & 1

Match 9
Francesco Molinari beat Phil Mickelson, 4 & 2

Match 10
Patrick Reed beat Tyrrell Hatton, 3 & 2

Match 11
Henrik Stenson beat Bubba Watson, 5 & 4

Match 12
Bryson DeChambeau vs Alex Noren

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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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