Molinari & Europe Dominate Ryder Cup

Team USA won three of the first four points on Friday morning. Then it was all Europe for 48+ hours, beating the U.S. squad 17.5 to 10.5 in points.

Point System: Each team gets a point for each event win, whether it was a fourball match, foursome grouping, or a singles match on Sunday. Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey halved their 18-hole singles play on Sunday, giving each team a half point. 

Saturday 

Europe led 5-3 after Friday's fourball and foursomes. They went 5-3 on Saturday, too. The European duo of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were undefeated through the first four competitions. 

Sunday

Trailing 10-6 to start Sunday's action, Team USA needed to win eight out of 12 singles matches to retain the cup (12 golfers for each side were paired up 1-on-1 for 18 holes). And for a moment, it looked like they might pull it off...

Of the first three groups off the tee, Justin Thomas defeated Rory McIlroy, Koepka and Casey halved, and Webb Simpson defeated Justin Rose. Suddenly, it was 10.5 to 8.5. 

Tony Finau and Patrick Reed would go on to secure points for Team USA, but Europe took seven of the 12 Sunday pairings, including Jon Rahm's dramatic win over Tiger Woods.

Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari defeated Phil Mickelson on Sunday to cap a perfect weekend for the 35-year old Italian. Five events. Five wins. 

And with that, we'll put the clubs in storage and say goodbye to golf until 2019. 

GolfJeff Yoder