SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – (Wire Service Report) – No media fingers could be pointed at partners who didn’t live up to their end of the bargain on Sunday.
With an opportunity to build on the United States’ early momentum in singles on Sunday, Tiger Woods never led against Jon Rahm, and the Americans’ hopes for a dramatic comeback were all but dashed when Spain’s young star closed out his match with a clutch putt on No. 17.
With Europe holding significant leads in several matches left on the course, it was only a matter of time until the U.S. had officially lost its sixth consecutive Ryder Cup on foreign soil. Woods, 42, has never been a part of a victorious American team in Europe.
He did manage to square the match up after No. 12, but Rahm quickly took the momentum back by winning the next two holes and putting Woods on the ropes.
“The tee shot on 14 was big,” Woods lamented. “I didn’t put it in play, and I just made the – just got the match to all-square. Made eagle at 9 and birdied 12. So it was important to get the ball in play. Didn’t do it. Made back-to-back bogeys and consequently the matched slipped into his favor.”
Woods entered the day 4-1-2 in his Ryder Cup career in singles, but with only a 9-19-1 record overall after going 0-3-0 in group play over the first two days at Le Golf National in Paris.
He was the more solid player in each of his group pairings, but Sunday was an individual letdown while sitting in a critical position for the Americans, who had pulled within one point of the Europeans after winning 3 1/2 of the first four points.
“Well, it’s disappointing because I went 0-4, and that’s four points to the European Team,” he said. “And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the Cup, and it’s not a lot of fun.
“It’s frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”
–Field Level Media