The US' Ryder Cup dream is dead

The US' Ryder Cup dream is dead

The US' Ryder Cup dream is dead

Europe's Danish captain Thomas Bjorn (C) raises the trophy flanked by his team as they celebrate winning the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018.

No European pairing had ever won four matches together at a Ryder Cup, with Lanny Wadkins and Larry Nelson the only duo to go 4-0 for the United States of America back in 1979, but that feat was accomplished by the Open champion and his esteemed rookie partner as they trounced Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau 5 and 4. A 3-1 win, though, did very nicely indeed for the home team.

Sergio Garcia had returned to the course at dawn to complete his third round. The new partnership didn't fare any better than the first one. Helped by Casey, back on this stage for the first time in a decade, bursting out of the blocks with five birdies in the first six holes - three of them were hole winners - they were nine-under for 16 holes in beating Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

The US, seeking a first overseas win in 25 years, had the better of a topsy-turvy fourballs session, with Spieth particularly impressive when he and Thomas beat Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up.

The reigning Masters champion endured a nightmare round on Saturday, hitting multiple balls into the water, spending much of his time in the rough, and even hitting one tee shot out of bounds and nearly into a spectator shopping area. He must have been gutted about them ending up in a rematch. The Europeans hit more fairways, made more putts, and didn't make as many mistakes as their American counterparts.

Molinari said: "It means so much, more than majors, more than anything".

Wins for Spanish rookie Jon Rahm over Tiger Woods and for Poulter and Molinari in their matches handed the cup back to Europe, which has dominated the competition this century.

If not for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, the Americans might really be in trouble. If the visitors do pull off that comeback, expect that pair to be at the heart of it.

Garcia did not have to wait long to make his tilt at history, going out with Noren again in the foursomes to take on Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

Woods toiled away in the afternoon with Bryson Dechambeau but the magic was not there and he was powerless to prevent a 5&4 defeat by "Moliwood". "They made a bunch of birdies, and we didn't answer".

Wildcards Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia also played leading roles for Europe.

It got worse for the Americans.

So far, so good for Europe.

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