Tiger Hopes For a Better Outcome in Sunday’s Singles Match Against Rahm
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – The United States hasn’t brought back the Ryder Cup from Europe in 25 years. Barring a big turnaround, the drought is in serious danger of being extended.
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead Friday morning in Fourballs, the Americans have been steamrolled by a relentless European Team at cool and energized Le Golf National — outside Paris. They have dominated the team sessions and take a commanding 10-6 advantage into singles play on Sunday.
Following the fast start, the Americans were shutout 4-0 in Friday afternoon foursomes and trailed 5-3.
Fueled by more than 50,000 screaming fans, Saturday produced more success. Europe rolled 3-1 in the morning Fourballs, then split the afternoon Foursomes.
Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed teamed up again Saturday morning and sustained a similar result against Franceso Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, falling 5 & 4. Woods kept the match close, but once again, the Europeans sizzled down the home stretch, winning four of the last five holes.
In the afternoon Foursomes, Woods was paired with Bryson DeChambeau against Molinari and Fleetwood. It marked the 14th different partner Woods has played with in eight Ryder Cup Matches.
Once again, Molinari and Fleetwood were not to be denied. They won four of the first eight holes and never looked back in a 5 & 4 win.
“Pretty pissed off I lost three matches,” Woods said.
The U.S. needs eight points on Sunday to earn a tie and retain the crown. Woods will oppose Jon Rahm in the fourth match at 6:41 a.m. ET.
NBC will provide final day coverage on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Saturday Morning Fourballs
Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia (E) def. Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau (U.S.), 2 & 1.
Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton (E) def. Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler (U.S.), 3 & 2.
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood (E) def. Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed (U.S.), 4 &3.
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas (U.S.) def. Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm (E), 2 & 1.
Saturday Afternoon Foursomes
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson (U.S.) def. Sergio Garcia and Alexander Noren (E), 3 & 2.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose (E) def. Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka (U.S.), 2 &1.
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood (E) def. Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau U.S.), 5 &4.
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, 4 & 3.
Sunday Singles (ET)
6:05 a.m. — Justin Thomas vs. Rory McIlroy
6:17 a.m. — Paul Casey vs. Brooks Koepka
6:29 a.m. — Webb Simpson vs. Justin Rose
6:41 a.m. — Tiger Woods vs. Jon Rahm
6:53 a.m. — Tony Finau vs. Tommy Fleetwood
7:05 a.m. — Dustin Johnson vs. Ian Poulter
7:17 a.m. — Jordan Spieth vs. Thorbjorn Olesen
7:29 a.m. — Rickie Fowler vs. Sergio Garcia
7:41a.m. — Phil Mickelson vs. Franceso Molinari
7:53 a.m. — Patrick Reed vs. Tyrrell Hatton
8:00 a.m. — Bubba Watson vs. Henrik Stenson
8:17 a.m. — Bryson DeChambeau vs. Alex Norren