The Top 4 European Moments At The Ryder Cup

The Top 4 European Moments At The Ryder Cup
16:06, 30 Sep 2018

Team USA's long search for a Ryder Cup victory on European soil continues as they have been beaten by a rampant Europe at Le Golf National in France.

USA haven't won in Europe since 1993 and their drought continues as Europe sealed a deserved victory after virtually dominating the contest since Friday lunchtime. 

It has been a roller-coaster of emotions and we take a look at the top-four European moments of a Ryder Cup that began with USA dominating the opening session before Europe came roaring back.

Rory McIlroy - Shot Of The Day On Friday
It seems like a lifetime ago now but Rory McIlroy was having a day to forget on Friday, until he produced a moment of magic in the foursomes with Ian Poulter.

McIlroy's partner had done him few favourites as he was stuck in a very awkward position at the thirteenth hole, but he managed to get out of the sloping rough and lift the ball up over water onto the green. It was remarkable.

Tommy Fleetwood's Dad
The sight of Tommy Fleetwood's dad living every moment of his son's Ryder Cup debut was wonderful to witness. The elder Fleetwood was mic'd up during Friday's play as Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, and he came out with some absolute gems during the course of the day. 

A personal favourite was his reaction to Molinari's winning putt in the fourballs victory over Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods...

 "Should have known he'd hole it. How to finish them off, how to finish them off. 

Birdie, Birdie, Birdie, Ta-ra!"

Molinari and Fleetwood won all four of their matches together. Fleetwood was defeated in the singles, although Molinari became the first man in Ryder Cup history to win all five of his matches. It has been some turnaround for the Open Championship winner as he hadn't won a single match during his two previous Ryder Cup appearances!

Ian Poulter's Eye Popping Celebration
Ian Poulter was a man under pressure when taking on the world number one, Dustin Johnson, in the singles on Sunday. He went through the ringer during the course of a thrilling contest and his celebration after nailing a putt was the stuff of legend.

Fist pumping, eyes bulging, there was every chance a vein was going to pop out of his head. Super stuff and that is why the European fans love 'The Postman' - he always delivers.

That Winning Moment

The USA had threatened a comeback on the final day during the singles, but Europe kept chipping away and got there in the end. The Americans always tend to be stronger in the singles and there was a point where they threatened revenge for the 2012 'Miracle Of Medinah' with an amazing comeback, although they came up short in the end as Europe held their nerve.

More specifically, Molinari was the man who sealed the winning point as Phil Mickelson conceded their match, meaning Europe had collected the 14.5 points they needed for victory. 

Europe had been seeking redemption for their defeat at Hazeltine in America two years ago, and they duly delivered the goods on home soil. Time to celebrate!

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