Ryder Cup the victor as Paris hits hole in one

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In victory or defeat, Furyk's players would close ranks around their captain, just as they did when the USA team lost the 2012 Ryder Cup with then-captain Davis Love III, and Mickelson was not going to turn the press postmortem into a soap box.

"I felt like we came out of, in the past, having our most successful pairing in the Ryder Cup", Furyk said on Thursday after the first-session pairings were announced.

During the ecstatic celebrations, Fleetwood said: "These are images that we will never get exhausted of watching". The former world number one headed to Paris in high spirits after capping a magnificent comeback season from injury with his first title since 2013 at the Tour Championship last week.

In the process, Molinari - who had been winless in six prior Ryder Cup matches - became the first European and only the fourth player ever to go 5-for-5 in a Ryder Cup and did so just two months after hoisting the Claret Jug.

"It's up there, I have to say", admitted Bjorn in reply to being asked where he rated this team, bearing in mind that it had recorded a convincing victory over the strongest U.S. side in terms of world rankings in the event's history.

Francesco Molinari was hailed in his native Italy on Monday for his "out of this world" performance that helped seal a resounding victory for Europe over the United States in the Ryder Cup. The Italian and the vast majority of Bjorn's team was swallowed by the masses, lost in song in celebration. So out of 10 possible points they played for, the trio came up with just one.

Justin Thomas, who was the top American performer with four points, Webb Simpson and Tony Finau gave Jim Furyk's team a glimmer of hope with early wins but then the European points started pouring in.

Three of USA captain Jim Furyk's picks didn't win a match. "We had two potentially fantastic teams and we went out and tried to play our best".

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Losing captain Jim Furyk defended his troops, pointing out that several had visited the course before the British Open. He got pats on the shoulder from several European players, including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

The "Moliwood" duo are the only European pair in history to claim four victories from as many matches, paving the way for their team's dominant position.

When he complained about Furyk leaving him out of the foursomes on Friday and Saturday - "for somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don't think it's smart to sit me twice" - he was clearly forgetting his woeful form in the morning fourballs more quickly than anyone else. We'll continue to build on it, and improve in a couple of years, and this is a very meaningful, special team for me personally too, because our captain is one of the best people in golf, and somebody that I've always looked up to and cherished our friendship. However in the four subsequent sessions, only one trailer at halfway went on to win (Thomas in singles).

"Molinari in outer space in the Ryder Cup: decisive point and record wins", it said.

Mickelson joined Woods in heading home pointless.

"I think he's frustrated and disappointed because he knows he was playing well coming into the tournament, " said caddie Joe LaCava.

"It's by no means easy to be picked", said Bjorn.

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