The Ryder Cup is back in Europe’s hands.
Francesco Molinari went 5-0 for the week, beating Phil Mickelson on Sunday to clinch the Cup for Europe. With Molinari’s victory, Europe led 14 1/2-9 1/2 with three matches still on the course.
He is the first European player to go a perfect 5-0 under the Ryder Cup’s current format.
The Americans started the final day with a 10-6 deficit and got early wins from Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson to make a run.
Europe continues its dominance on home soil, winning for the sixth consecutive time as the home team. The Europeans have had all the mojo since trailing 3-0 Friday morning, winning each day, 5-3, and winning a Ryder Cup record-tying eight consecutive matches to build its hefty lead coming into the 12 singles matches.
A record point for Garcia
Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson won their matches against Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson respectively to increase Europe’s advantage to 16 1/2-9 1/2.
Garcia becomes the all-time points leader in Ryder Cup play with 25.5, surpassing Nick Faldo’s 25.
Molinari takes it for Euros
How fitting that Francesco Molinari wins the clinching point for Europe in the 42nd Ryder Cup. On the 16th, Molinari finds the green while Mickelson dunks his tee shot in the water and concedes with a handshake. Molinari beats Mickelson 4 and 2.