Coming into a 2018 Ryder Cup, we suspicion dual of a 10 best players of all-time (Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson) would be a bonus to an already-loaded U.S. side. As it turns out, we forgot to demeanour during their career Ryder Cup annals entrance in was 31-37-10. It’s now 6 worse as Woods mislaid 4 matches in Paris and Mickelson mislaid two. No golfers in story have mislaid some-more than Woods and Mickelson. They are now a total 31-43-10 in Ryder Cups.
Mickelson “leads” a approach with 22 Ryder Cup losses. Woods is now usually behind him with 21 after “breaking out of” a tie with his captain Jim Furyk on Sunday in Paris.
I suspicion this year would be opposite since they were surrounded by 10 of a best golfers alive, destiny gymnasium of famers who will have plaques subsequent to theirs in 10 or 20 years. They led a organisation in majors with 19, yet a other 10 guys came in with 12 of their own. Brett Wetterich and Vaughn Taylor, they were not.
It went feeble from a start, though. Woods interconnected with Patrick Reed in a opening four-ball matches, and delivered a usually U.S. detriment of that session. They got kick 31. After creation 6 birdies in a initial 10 holes they went wordless a rest of a approach and got housed during a finish by Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari. It would somehow (?) get worse from there.
Woods sat that afternoon, and Mickelson interconnected with mathematician and golfer Bryson DeChambeau. They played 14 holes in 1 over in a foursomes apportionment of a eventuality and never saw a 15th. Mickelson would lay a rest of a week until singles, and Woods competence as good have.
Two some-more toxic waste for Big Cat — one with Reed and one with DeChambeau — on Saturday left him 0-3-0 and looking for answers. They wouldn’t come on Sunday.
He got matched opposite rookie Jon Rahm in singles, and child did it not go well. Rahm finished him on a 17th hole with his fourth birdie of a day. Woods was even standard over a march of their compare (with an eagle). A unconcern that lingered all week was momentarily damaged adult with a large fist siphon eagle during No. 9, yet that waned and so did he and Rahm put him to nap late.
Mickelson on a other palm went divided to good fervor. In his sham quarrel with Molinari he played 16 holes in roughly 2 over and conceded his compare (and a Ryder Cup) on a H2O round on a par-3 16th. It was a wise finish for someone who was both lousy all week and who has a many waste in Ryder Cup history.
Some of that is astray — we have to have played in some-more Ryder Cups than anyone else to have some-more waste than anyone else — yet his 18-22-7 record speaks for itself. And nothing of a tongue is great.
“Well, it’s unsatisfactory since we went 0-4, and that’s 4 points to a European team,” pronounced Woods after his match. “And I’m one of a contributing factors to since we mislaid a Cup, and it’s not a lot of fun. It’s frustrating since we came here, we suspicion we were all personification flattering well, and we usually didn’t perform during a turn that we had been playing, and usually got behind early in a matches and never got back.”
“To have a Ryder Cup finish that way, for me personally, it doesn’t feel unequivocally good since we didn’t assistance my teammates acquire any points,” pronounced Woods. “At a finish of a day, we came here as a organisation and we win or lose, and unfortunately we mislaid this one.”
Woods and Mickelson were both captain’s picks and approaching to assistance a U.S. organisation in a series of opposite ways, not a slightest of that was aggregating during slightest a handful of points. While it sounds like they were critical total in a organisation room (always good), their on-course play could not have been reduction inspiring. Maybe that doesn’t matter to a rest of a organisation yet maybe it does.
“I suspicion that a approach he brought everybody in together on decisions … some of we competence doubt some of a decisions, yet all was finished with reason, input, suspicion through,” pronounced Mickelson. “It’s adult to us to execute, and we usually didn’t … execute. we suspicion that this was unequivocally a special week for all of us, and there have been dual years, this year and 2006 with Tom Lehman, where it breaks my heart a small bit some-more than others, since those dual we didn’t govern while we were given each event to succeed.”
If that’s a final Ryder Cup that Mickelson and Woods play in, they will have carried usually one prize together, and it took a spectacle to win that one in 1999. Woods hadn’t finished a organisation when Mickelson won it in 1995. And afterwards he missed both a 2008 and 2016 versions. All a others have been European wins. Woods and Mickelson are 1-7 in Ryder Cups where they both play.
It’s a unhappy suspicion that we competence never see Woods and Mickelson on a same Ryder Cup organisation again. Mickelson is 48 and will be 50 during a subsequent one during Whistling Straits in 2020. Woods will be 44, and there are always damage questions. For all these dual have finished in and for a game, they haven’t found success during Ryder Cups. That’s a mystery, for sure, and it appears it will substantially sojourn that approach forever.