Sunday, 30 September 2018
Thomas Bjørn  (Getty Images)
Thomas Bjørn (Getty Images)

Thomas Bjørn hailed Europe's determination and focus after leading his side to a 17.5-10.5 Ryder Cup victory at Le Golf National.

Francesco Molinari secured the winning point - becoming the first European player to compile a 5-0 record in the contest, with American Larry Nelson the only other to do so in 1979.

On a thrilling final day, the Italian completed a perfect haul with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickeslon after the United States had threatened a stunning comeback.

"I felt all along that this was a good group of guys, but I have to say, when we got here on Monday, we got together," Bjørn said. 

"This turned out pretty exciting because the way that the 12 of them have just joined up together as a team and the way they looked after each other and been there for each other and been there for each other throughout the whole week made captaincy pretty easy.

"The hardest thing about the captaincy I think this week was that there's 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."

The US won three of the top five singles matches to close the gap on Europe to just one point, but rookies Thorbjørn Olesen and Jon Rahm claimed the notable scalps of Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods as the tide began to turn blue again.

It was then left to the experienced quartet of Molinari, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson to complete the win with victory in their respective matches, before Alex Noren beat Bryson DeChambeau on the last to give the score a healthy gloss.

"Today's performance, 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," Bjørn added. 

"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.

"The whole team has been part of this. And I think it's very easy to sum it up: some play five matches and some play two matches, but they all contribute, and when you sit in this situation at the end of it... I've played in my Ryder Cups, and I don't care how many matches I play in as long as we win and I think that's what it's all about. 

"I think we all feel that way now. We got it right this week. 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. We never, ever looked towards their team about what they were about. We were about us as a team and what we do.

"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."
 

 

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