Dominant Europe Takes Control of the Ryder Cup as U.S. Struggles

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Every European player won at least once in the event. Doesn't have many relationships with the top American players, but he may be too talented to not make the team automatically or not be picked.

No one mentioned problems with the US system after the Americans won two years ago in a home game at Hazeltine.

He has lost seven consecutive times in the team format, a terrible record that defies easy explanation, not that people will shy away from trying.

"They still do that much better than us", Reed said of the Europeans.

Three of captain Thomas Bjorn's predecessors in the role, Brian Huggett, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal, delivered a series of messages created to fire up the Europeans - and it seemed to do the job as they beat the United States comprehensively in Paris. They deserved to win.

It was probably a tournament too far for the 14-time major victor, who was another of captain Jim Furyk's wildcard selections, after making a remarkable return to form after spinal fusion surgery.

But while it will be three months before the European Tour's CEO Keith Pelley sits down with Bjorn, his predecessors Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley and a player from the Tournament Committee to name the man to lead Europe's defence at Whistling Straits, it appears that Harrington is already ahead of the game.

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PARIS - Tiger Woods is not used to others celebrating at his expense, but there he was on the 17th green Sunday afternoon, helpless.

But according to an anonymous person who was part of the United States team said Reed didn't really want to play with Spieth.

The point being, the Ryder Cup isn't like projecting a Masters leaderboard.

Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018.

"It doesn't happen very often that everybody on the team scores points and so I think we got it right this week - we worked as a team". "We went through a horrid spell in the 1970s and '80s where we didn't win a whole lot, and that's still pretty recent and fresh in our memories".

There were countless moments that induced booming cheers around the course as the world's best battled for one of the sport's most coveted trophies. On Tuesday, Phil Mickelson said "I honestly think this is the best I've seen him swing the club since 2000". Europe not only whitewashed the USA, going 4-0, no match even reached the 17th hole.

That was not the case at Le Golf National, where the thick rough and numerous water hazards punished a lack of accuracy. But the heavily favored Americans aren't just playing worse than expected. On Day 1, he sent out his five rookies in the first fourball session, determined to get the nerves out of their system and carry out a plan that was weeks in the making. Sergio Garcia was overcome with emotion. That overall mantle belongs to his mentor and best friend, the late Seve Ballesteros, and Olazabal channelled his compatriot in the course of his captaincy during the extraordinary 2012 iteration. Which is why Bjorn's brilliance mostly can found in his wildcard selections: His captain's picks earned 9 ½ points, while Furyk's were a combined 2-10. They are what makes the special... Others, though, will be happy that Europe's crowds are beginning to match their American counterparts for creating a hostile atmosphere, even if it did get personal on occasion.