< Back to blog

Europe reclaims Ryder Cup after beating US in France Posted On 01 October 2018

American fightback falls short as Europe run out convincing seven-point winners in Paris

Europe’s golfers have won back the Ryder Cup after beating the US team 17.5-10.5 after a tense, dramatic and historic afternoon at Le Golf National in Paris.

Italian Francesco Molinari, who become the first European plater to contribute a maximum five points from his five matched, sealed the victory with his four and two win over Phil Mickelson.

Molinari, who was immediately drenched in beer by celebrating fans, said it meant everything to him: “So much, so much more than majors, more than anything. It’s been an incredible week. Obviously they had probably the strongest team ever and were just so good.”

Moments earlier, Europe’s Ian Poulter, also known as “The Postman” because he always delivers, had beaten world number one Dustin Johnson setting his team up for victory against their US counterparts.

Heading into Sunday’s final-day singles trailing 10-6, the rejuvenated US team got off to the perfect start when Justin Thomas took the first match by beating Rory McIlroy on the 18th hole to reduce the deficit to three points.

Jim Furyk’s US team managed to bring the deficit down to just one point after Webb defeated Justin Rose and Tony Finau, but the holders failed to hold their nerve, allowing Europe, captained by Thomas Bjorn, to fight back.

Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy led “thunder clap” cheers with an exuberant 70,000 strong crowd, while Thomas Bjorn embraced each of his “amazing” players.

“Some people say golf is boring – well, this is certainly not boring,” said Bjorn. “I’ve experienced a lot of Ryder Cup’s but this is the top one.”

His opposing captain Jim Furyk said: “You have to tip your cap, they outplayed us.”

The Europe team’s victory means the US has not won the biannual event away from for 25 years. Furyk’s team was billed as the strongest ever to play for the cup, but the US players, not for the first time, failed to live up to the hype on the course.

< Back to blog

Connect with us

Recent Posts

Forty-two medals up for grabs at championships

The 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships will be the 48th edition of the games and will be held between October 25th and November 3rd   The event will mark the first time that the Championships will be held in Qatar, and the middle east – who will also be hosting the next World Cup in …

Read more...

Keep your own little monsters entertained!

It hardly seems possible, but summer is officially over and with both Halloween and Bonfire night fast approaching, here are a few ideas to keep everyone happy   Pumpkin carving Halloween wouldn’t be the same without getting creative and a little messy carving pumpkins! Instead of buying one from your local supermarket, why not make …

Read more...

Warm up this winter

This Slimming World dish is perfect for warming up all the family on cold nights. Easy to make, it’s just the recipe you need for Bonfire night!   Spicy, baked bean soup SERVES 4 | 30 MINS – VEGAN Low calorie cooking spray 400g frozen mixed onions, carrots and celery (or 200g each frozen chopped …

Read more...

What will you be wearing this Autumn?

When you think of Autumn, what springs to mind? Hot drinks, falling leaves, lots of colour and conkers? Well, Autumn is just around the corner which means it will be time to put our summer clothes away and get out our ‘in-between’ clothes before we need our winter woollies! Given the very hot summer we …

Read more...

Preparing your property for the onset of winter

After a gloriously sunny and hot summer, it is nearly time to dig out the woolly jumpers and thick coats from the back of the wardrobe now that winter is approaching Before winter strikes, it is important to prepare yourself and your home before you are left with any nasty or stone-cold surprises. As the …

Read more...