For the moment, with his 2 and 1 loss to Jon Rahm in the Sunday singles, Woods is tied with Phil Mickelson for most Ryder Cup losses in U.S. history. It was just his second loss on a Sunday at the biennial event, dropping his record to 4-2-2 in singles and 14-21-3 overall.
Riding into Paris on the high of winning the Tour Championship last week, his first win on the PGA Tour in five years, he’ll head back to the States without having scored a point for Team USA.
Woods carded the day’s first eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, along with two birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys in 17 holes. Not one of Woods’ matches made it the full 18 holes.
The eagle appeared to be a turning point for Woods. It cut Rahm’s lead to just 1-up, and then the 14-time major champion squared the match two holes later.
But consecutive bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 increased Rahm’s lead to 2-up once again.
He had another chance to make a clutch putt on the par-3 16th but missed left. Rahm bailed him out, missing an even shorter putt that would’ve halved the hole but instead decreased his lead to just one again. The Spaniard rebounded with a birdie on No. 17 to seal the win.
Rahm scored Team Europe point 12.5, closing the door on the American comeback.