Team Europe brings home 2018 Ryder Cup
With their win in the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup, the European team reclaimed the Cup from the United States while also continuing a trend of maintaining a homefield advantage, winning each tournament played on European soil since 1993.
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The 2018 Ryder Cup will be remembered for a few more memorable moments. Sergio Garcia now owns the Ryder Cup scoring record, amassing 25.5 points during 9 contests, breaking Nick Faldo’s mark of 25 points in 11 tries. Faldo’s record for most career Ryder Cup appearances was also topped this year when the US’s Phil Mickelson played in his 12th tournament.
When play began Friday morning, the US team jumped to an early 3-1 lead, with the EU team scoring their only morning foursome point thanks to team Francesco Molinari-Tommy Fleetwood defeating team Tiger Woods-Patrick Reed with a score of 3&1.
After going undefeated in the Friday afternoon foursomes, team Europe would take a 5-3 lead and never look back.
Saturday morning saw more of the same, with the European squad winning 3 of 4 to stretch the lead to 8-4. After splitting the afternoon foursomes, Team Europe entered play Sunday with a comfortable 10-6 lead.
Despite the margin, the Americans did their best to keep things interesting. Picking up 2.5 points in the first four holes, team US was poised to make a charge; however, the Europeans would take the next six holes, essentially clinching the tournament. With Phil Mickelson, already 3 holes back, finding the water on hole 16 and conceding to Molinari, not only did it guarantee the Cup was returning to Europe, if guaranteed Molinari scoring the maximum 5 points possible during a single tournament.
With the Europeans win at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, just outside of Paris, France, the American’s will look to recapture the cup while defending their own home turf on September 25-27, 2020, when the 43rd Ryder Cup tees off from the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.