A look back at the Ryder Cup in numbers as Europe beat the United States 17.5-10.5

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Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup with a 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States at Le Golf National in Paris.

Here, we look at the contest in numbers:

0: Three American players failed to register a point – Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

4: Tommy Fleetwood scored four points, a joint-record for a European rookie, equalling the performance of Thomas Pieters two years ago.

5: Francesco Molinari scored five points, the best performance ever by a European player in the Ryder Cup.

6: The European pair of Alex Noren and Sergio Garcia, and the American partnership of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, both managed to run up triple-bogey sixes on the par-three second hole in their foursomes match on Saturday. It was an unlikely way to see a hole halved.

9: Europe have won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups.

12: All 12 members of the European team contributed at least a point.

Making history: Sergio Garcia.

Making history: Sergio Garcia.

18: Only six of the 28 matches over the three days reached the 18th hole.

22: After losing twice, Mickelson has now lost more matches than any other player in Ryder Cup history. Woods has now lost 21 after four defeats this week.

25.5: Points now scored by Sergio Garcia in his Ryder Cup career, a new record, surpassing the previous mark of 25 set by Sir Nick Faldo.

6,900: Number of seats in the grandstand behind the first tee.

7,000: People worked on the event at Le Golf National throughout the week, including 1,050 marshals and 650 police officers.

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Triumphant Europe skipper Thomas Bjorn hails Ryder Cup winners as 'best team room he's been in'

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Captain Thomas Bjorn hailed the victorious European team as the best he had been involved with after they reclaimed the Ryder Cup in Paris.

Bjorn’s team wrapped up a 17.5-10.5 victory over the United States by scoring seven-and-a-half points in Sunday’s singles session at Le Golf National.

It was Bjorn’s eighth taste of the Ryder Cup, having previously played in the competition three times and served as a vice-captain on four occasions.

The Dane said: “This is the best team room I’ve ever been in. It was calm, it was determined, it was focused, it was fun.

“Everything that this Ryder Cup was is what I think the Ryder Cup should be about for a European team.

“How do you sum that up? I felt all along that this was a good group of guys. The way they looked after each other and have been there for each other throughout the whole week made captaincy pretty easy.

“The hardest thing about the captaincy was that there were so many guys playing well, and being in such good frame of mind, that I wanted to get everybody on the golf course, but you can’t.”

Europe came into the final day holding a 10-6 lead and their ultimate margin of victory looked convincing, but the United States did make them battle hard.
They claimed three points early on to move within one and, at that stage, what proved a pivotal match between Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods was in the balance.

Bjorn said: “There was a little moment in the middle of it all where I was getting a little bit worried, but then everybody stood up and did their bit.

“I can’t describe how I feel about these 12. They have been amazing from day one and I’m just so proud of them.”

All 12 members of Bjorn’s team contributed at least a point over the three days.

Bjorn said: “That doesn’t happen very often. The whole team has been part of this.

“We worked as a team and we knew we were up against very strong opponents, but we went out on the golf course and believed in ourselves and what we stand for as a team.”

Bjorn attracted some criticism over his wildcard selections in the build-up to the tournament after opting for experience over form in, most notably, the case of Sergio Garcia. Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson were his other picks.

Bjorn said: “I’m not very good at adding up, but I’m sure if I put these numbers together, they make the difference in the score. I think I got it right and they have been fantastic.”

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Justin Thomas shines for America in our Ryder Cup player ratings

David Cooper 30/09/2018
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Heartbroken United States golf stars will go back to the drawing board in search of their first Ryder Cup win in Europe since 1993 after a resounding 17.5-10.5 defeat Sunday.

The American squad, featuring 11 of the world’s 17 top-ranked players, dropped seven of the last eight singles matches at Le Golf National in their worst loss since 2006.

Here, we rate the 12 players from the losing team.

Bryson DeChambeau
P: 3 W: 0 L: 3 H: 0. Pts: 0

The rookie was supposed to be the steadying influence on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson but had crushing foursomes defeats with both. Had a half-point cruelly snatched from his grasp after a brilliant approach at the last by Noren’s long putt. 4

Tony Finau
P: 3 W: 2 L:1 H: 1. Pts: 2
A better rookie performance from the big-hitter, he saved his best till last with a 6&4 win over a clearly drained Fleetwood. 6

Rickie Fowler
P: 4 W: 1: L: 3 H: 0. Pts: 1
Flattered to deceive again. Failed to generate any chemistry or good form with partner Johnson over the first two days and was always behind against Garcia in singles. 4

Dustin Johnson
P: 5 W: 1: L: 4: H: 0. Pts: 1
Hugely unimpressive for the world number one, who made numerous visits to Le Golf National’s water hazards and could barely hole a putt until the last round when it was too late. 2

Phil Mickelson
P: 2 W: 0 L: 2 H: 0. Pts: 0
Came into the event in poor form and it was never likely to improve under such testing circumstances. Was hopelessly wayward and, after bizarrely being picked in Friday’s foursomes, was benched Saturday and was no match for a rampant Molinari in singles, losing four holes to bogey. 2

Patrick Reed
P: 3 W: 1 L: 2 H: 0. Pts: 1
USA’s self-styled Captain America failed to live up to his billing, looking horribly out of sorts. Appeared more interested in playing up to his pantomime villain caricature right up until the last with his solitary win over Hatton after the cup had already been lost. 3

Webb Simpson
P: 3 W: 2 L: 1 H: 0. Pts: 2
America’s steady man, he pulled off a good victory over Rose in the singles while also managing to get a point with Watson despite his troubles. 6

Jordan Spieth
P: 5 W: 3 L: 2 H: 0. Pts: 3
Could not have done much more in his partnership with Thomas, taking three points from a possible four. Putter went cold against Olesen in a demoralising singles victory. 7

Justin Thomas
P: 5 W: 4 L: 1 H: 0. Pts: 4
The USA’s star performer. Never looked like he was out of a hole, making clutch putts from everywhere. A dogged competitor whose singles battle with McIlroy was an important morale-booster for his side. 8

Brooks Koepka
P: 4 W: 1 L: 2 H: 1. Pts: 1.5
Never lived up to his billing as the player of the year and looked a shadow of the player who won two majors this summer. 5

Bubba Watson
P: 3 W: 1 L: 2 H: 0. Pts: 1
Never looked happy with the tight set-up of Le Golf National and that was reflected in his play. A 5&4 thrashing in the singles summed up his week. 3

Tiger Woods
P: 4: W: 0 L: 4 H: 0. Pts: 0
Came into the event on the back of his first win in five years but that appeared to have taken a physical and emotional toll and he never got close to the form which rejuvenated his career this year. Iron play was not as sharp and he was poor off the tee. 2

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