Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Another poor day for Woods as inexplicable Cup record continues

Another poor day for Woods as inexplicable Cup record continues

The U.S. only won one of its four-ball (best ball) matches in the morning before coming back to win two of the foursomes matches. He'd heard the giddy fans in the grandstand stomping their feet and singing, "Gooooooneeeee be the U-S-A!"

Thomas admitted afterwards: "We were two down after two holes so to close it on the 15th green showed that we both played unbelievable". Down 10-6, the USA needs an early momentum boost to have any chance at a miracle.

"Just pretty pissed off, the fact that I lost three matches, and didn't feel like I played poorly", he said. You have to think emotionally what he put into his comeback to this season, the amount of golf he played leading up, trying to make the Ryder Cup team, trying to, basically, nearly win the FedEx Cup.

In 2012, at Medinah, Furyk faded late to allow Garcia to win the 17 and 18 holes and steal a crucial point in what would become the biggest American collapse ever.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee thinks Woods has been a victim of his own aura, his mere presence negatively affecting his partners. The feeling of the momentum switching, of hearing the European crowd and seeing the blue - it's a tough feeling to stomach.

"I have a lot of belief in him, and I trust him as a player, but also trust him very much as a person. They played a great session of golf from top to bottom". While that may not seem like a daunting task to overcome, it has only been done twice in Ryder Cup history and neither of those comebacks has been on European soil.

And it was Thomas's six-foot putt on 17 that secured the solitary U.S. point, a lifeline amid the red distress flares. That's what it's all about. We go again tomorrow.

McIlroy and Sergio Garcia led the way.

And that's exactly the way the European team wants Reed: silenced.

While a four-point lead is daunting, such a comeback in singles is not unprecedented. The Americans haven't won in Europe since 1993.

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That got the U.S. a hole back, and they were ahead when a poor Poulter pitch and a yipped McIlroy putt led to European bogeys at the 6th and 8th.

Trailing 5-3 overnight and hurting from that clean sweep in the second session, the Americans were looking for a first start in the fourballs.

Phil Mickelson (0-1) and Bryson DeChambeau (0-2) have each been skunked at Le Golf National.

If Bjorn was cautious heading into day two, Furyk had no option but to sound a note of optimism.

"We've been outplayed", he said. I would never get ahead of myself in this. A year later they were picked to represent the United States in the Evian Junior Masters in France.

"So we've got to get off to a good start, we know that but even if we were leading, we would say the same I think this. There's no bones about it".

Poulter held his nerve over a six-footer on the sixth after Spieth's handsome approach to within a few feet had opened the door for the Americans, and then produced a characteristic slice of Poulter Ryder Cup magic with a sensational putt from right across the seventh green to put Europe up for the first time.

After McIlroy and Thomas get the action under way at 11.05am, Paul Casey will tackle Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose will face Webb Simpson and Jon Rahm will go up against Tiger Woods.

"It was fantastic", Garcia said.

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