Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Tiger
Woods said that he "didn't play poorly" on Saturday, despite sliding to
his third straight defeat of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National as
Europe grabbed a 10-6 lead to take into the singles.
The 14-time major champion and Patrick Reed suffered a second
fourballs loss to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, 4 and 3, in
the morning before Woods was brushed aside by the same pairing alongside
Bryson DeChambeau in the foursomes, 5 and 4.
Woods was the star attraction this week in France after capping an
incredible comeback season after injury with his first title since 2013
But even at his imperious best, he was never a strong Ryder Cup
player when in a pairing, and he has now won only nine, lost 19 and
halved one of his 29 fourballs and foursomes matches in the event.
Woods was unlucky in some respects - being partnered with a totally
out-of-sorts Reed, and also being drawn against the red-hot Molinari and
Fleetwood duo three times.
"Just pretty pissed off, the fact that I lost three matches, and didn't feel like I played poorly," said Woods.
"That's the frustrating thing about match play. We can play well and
nothing can happen. We ran against two guys that were both playing well
and when one was out of the hole, especially in best-ball, the other one
made birdie and vice versa.
"They did that a lot to us. At one point, they made six out of eight
birdies on the back nine, and only one person was in the hole at a time.
That's the nature of match play."
The United States will need to equal the record Ryder Cup comeback if
they are to retain the trophy on Sunday, after their thrilling win in
the 1999 "Battle of Brookline" and Europe's triumph at Medinah six years
But Woods has a far better record in singles play, having only lost
one of seven matches, while also lifting the WGC World Matchplay title
The 42-year-old has been trusted as the fourth man out for the US in
the singles, where he'll be facing European rookie Jon Rahm.
"We've got some work to do tomorrow," said Woods.
"Hopefully we can
get off to a quick start and get up in some of these matches, and turn
the tide a little bit."
Reed badly let down the former world number one in the fourballs on both days.
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 almost into a
spectator shopping area.
Woods played down his teammate's horror show, though, admitting that
it was a similar story to 24 hours before, when they lost 3 and 1 to
Molinari and Fleetwood.
"We fought back from 2-down to get it to all-square," he said. "And
then we didn't do anything from there. They made a bunch of birdies, and
we didn't answer."
Reed will be in the 10th match out on the course on Sunday against
Tyrrell Hatton, and US captain Jim Furyk still has hopes that "Captain
America" can still find his game at the perfect time.
"I'm sure Patrick is disappointed," Furyk said.
"The guy has got more
heart, more will, loves the Ryder Cup as much as anyone I know, and we
put him in a position tomorrow where I feel like he's a very important
Results after Saturday's afternoon session of the 42nd Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States at Le Golf National:
Europe 10 United States 6
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson (Europe) bt Dustin Johnson/Brooks Koepka (USA) 2 and 1
Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA) bt Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (Europe) 3 and 2
Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) bt Tiger Woods/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 5 and 4
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Ian Poulter/Rory McIlroy (Europe) 4 and 3
Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe) bt Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (USA) 2 and 1
Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) bt Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA) 3 and 2
Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) bt Patrick Reed/Tiger Woods (USA) 4 and 3
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Ian Poulter/Jon Rahm (Europe) 2 and 1
Henrik Stenson/Justin Rose (Europe) bt Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA) 3 and 2
Rory McIlroy/Ian Poulter (Europe) bt Bubba Watson/Webb Simpson (USA) 4 and 2
Sergio Garcia/Alex Noren (Europe) bt Phil Mickelson/Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 5 and 4
Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) bt Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth (USA) 5 and 4
Brooks Koepka/Tony Finau (USA) bt Justin Rose/Jon Rahm (Europe) 1-up
Dustin Johnson/Rickie Fowler (USA) bt Rory McIlroy/Thorbjorn Olesen (Europe) 4 and 2
Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) bt Paul Casey/Tyrrell Hatton (Europe) 1-up
Francesco Molinari/Tommy Fleetwood (Europe) bt Patrick Reed/Tiger Woods (USA) 3 and 1