Ryder Cup: Match recaps, Day 3

Crushing foursomes sweep puts Europe 5-3 ahead

Ryder Cup: Match recaps, Day 3

Justin Thomas had a classy message for Rory McIlroy after beating the Northern Irishman in their singles match on the final day of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Phil Mickelson will not play; nor will Fowler, Reed or Finau. "I mean, he put a lot of work and effort into it and played a lot more golf than he's used to". The match was all square briefly after a Woods birdie on the 12th, but Rahm won the next two holes and eventually closed out the 14-time major champion 2 and 1, paving the way for a European team win.

Spieth and Thomas definitely pulled their weight on Saturday.

'It was getting tight a little bit but I had belief and faith in this team that they were going to deliver and they delivered more than they should have'. Jim Furyk's captain's picks finished 2-10-0 with both wins coming from Tony Finau (pending DeChambeau finish).

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson cruised to a 3 and 2 victory over Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren, keeping the Spaniard half a point shy of Nick Faldo's record haul of 25, while Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth claimed their second point of the day and third of the event with a convincing 4 and 3 triumph over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. There was precious little magic to be found for the US, or for Tiger Woods, who won a stirring victory less than a week ago.

That reduced the deficit to three points and saw Thomas record stats of 4-0-1 on his Ryder Cup debut. It never materialised. At one point, in fact, Europe were up in all four matches again.

Rahm dropped his putter after making a 5-foot birdie on the 17th hole as Woods stood to the side of the green, arms crossed.

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.

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".

The former world number one headed to Paris in high spirits after capping a magnificent comeback season from injury with his first title since 2013 at the Tour Championship last week.

McIlroy's three birdies on the front nine had helped the Europeans build their big lead.

Woods insisted that his body feels just fine.

- With the tide seemingly turning towards the visitors as they cut the Europeans' lead to one point, Woods hit back against Rahm to level their match with six holes to play.

"That's the frustrating thing about match play".

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