Europe produced a stirring performance at Le Golf National in Paris to win the Ryder Cup and land pre-match odds of 11/8 for their loyal backers.
Thomas Bjorn’s side held firm on a gripping final day, winning seven of the singles matches to complete a 17.5 – 11.5 victory.
The United States had got off to a fast start on Sunday, closing the gap to a single point after wins for Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Tony Finau, before the hosts pulled away as John Rahm, Ian Poulter, Thorbjorn Olesen, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren all won their matches.
Rahm set the tone with his 2&1 win over Tiger Woods, who spent the weekend skulking around the course like a child forced to visit the pencil museum against his will. Just a week after winning the Tour Championship, the former world number one lost all four of his matches.
Fittingly, it was left to Molinari to clinch the winning point by beating Phil Mickelson, with the Open champion becoming the first European in Ryder Cup history to win all five of his matches. Garcia also made history, becoming the highest-scoring Ryder Cup player of all time with his tally of three points, fully justifying Bjorn’s controversial decision to hand him one of his four wildcards.
The next match will be in two years’ time at Whistling Straits, where Martin Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|