I'm one of the reasons we lost Ryder Cup, says Woods

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood won their fourth consecutive match Saturday to extend Europe’s Ryder Cup lead

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood won their fourth consecutive match Saturday to extend Europe’s Ryder Cup lead

The Americans have never made up that much ground away from home, though they were the first to win after trailing 10-6 at Brookline in 1999, when they frontloaded the Sunday lineup with their biggest stars. Molinari doesn't normally show much emotion on the golf course but even he found himself caught up in the occasion, cupping his ear to try and raise the noise level in the crowd at one point. The team nature of the event has never seemed to fit with his lone-wolf approach and steely focus.

The Italian beat Phil Mickelson 4&2 to get Europe to the 14½-point winning mark with several singles matches still out on the Le Golf National course.

"We're really, really, really happy with how it's gone these past two days", Bjorn said. A third point saw Spieth and Thomas become just the fourth USA pairing to achieve that haul since it became Europe versus the US. Tiger's 0-4-0 record made him the fourth player since 1979 to win zero points and lose four matches.

No European pairing had ever won four matches together at a Ryder Cup, with Lanny Wadkins and Larry Nelson the only duo to go 4-0 for the United States of America back in 1979, but that feat was accomplished by the Open champion and his esteemed rookie partner as they trounced Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau 5 and 4. "Doing what they did yesterday afternoon", Spieth said of Europe's Friday sweep.

'It was getting tight a little bit but I had belief and faith in this team that they were going to deliver and they delivered more than they should have'.

"We've got some work to do", Woods said.

Mickelson will have to shake off some rust. It became 10 points out of 11 when they also came out on top in the first two afternoon matches to finish before the U.S. hit back to share that session.

Woods played twice, and at times it looked as though he were playing by himself.

The turning point was when rookie Finau's tee shot on the par-three 16th hit a railway sleeper separating the green from the water, spun into the air and settled three feet from the hole.

That wasn't enough to contend against "Moliwood".

Garcia, a controversial wildcard pick by captain Thomas Bjorn after missing the cut in all four majors and struggling for form in 2018, justified his selection with three victories from his four matches. The writing was on the wall for Woods, paired with Bryson DeChambeau on this occasion, after Fleetwood and Molinari opened with a birdie. I've played in my Ryder Cups, and I don't care how many matches I play in as long as we win and I think that's what it's all about.

Woods has failed to win seven consecutive matches, dating to his singles victory against Molinari in Wales in 2010. One week ago, he overcame four back surgeries to win for the 80th time on the Tour Championship, a signal that he was all the way back.

"Everything feels pretty good", Woods said.

"That's the frustrating thing about match play. We ran against two guys that were both playing well".

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