Padraig Harrington next in line to be Europe’s Ryder Cup captain

Europe's Rory Mc Ilroy celebrates after holing a putt to halve the fifth hole at Le Golf National on Saturday

Three of captain Thomas Bjorn's predecessors in the role, Brian Huggett, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal, delivered a series of messages created to fire up the Europeans - and it seemed to do the job as they beat the United States comprehensively in Paris.

This was a predictable result.

Europe had seized a 10-6 edge in Saturday's foursomes and fourballs matches and got the points they needed to swipe the trophy after an early USA surge.

His performance came despite ending a five-year wait to win a PGA Tour title, the PGA Championship, the weekend before. His self-belief won. So of course he showed up in Paris expecting to play better than he has in the last few months-and when he didn't, he wasn't going to question himself.

England's Ian Poulter, Europe's wildcard talisman, birdied the 18th hole to beat world number one Dustin Johnson 2-up and put Europe on the brink of victory. Jon Rahm had knocked his approach shot stiff, a short birdie putt away from putting Woods out of his misery, another Ryder Cup match lost.

One of the more curious aspects of playing an individual sport, and one of the least understood by outsiders, confronted Thomas Bjorn near the beginning of his golfing career. Earlier in the week, McIlroy admitted he had paid the price for -failing to control his emotions in his singles match with Patrick Reed at Hazeltine two years ago.

OK, now that's just borderline insane.

Jim Furyk was proud of the United States' efforts at the Ryder Cup despite acknowledging they were outplayed as Europe triumphed in France. But the eye-opening seven-point winning margin was the result of a ideal storm.

Instead it was Captain America Patrick Reed, who had played like he should have been demoted to private or maybe shipped out entirely on a honourable discharge, who broke ranks in a telephone call to the New York Times.

In other words, the lopsided nature of this contest must be considered something of a fluke. The Europeans have now claimed the Ryder Cup in four of the last five tournaments.

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One example: The Euros' ability to harness momentum.

Francesco Molinari walked straight into the heart of a throng of rowdy European fans beside the 16th tee and was soon covered with beer from plastic pint pots.

This time around the big swing came earlier, on Friday afternoon.

Thomas Bjorn was diplomatic when asked about this clear splinter in the U.S. team yesterday. The Americans, who had gotten off to a 3-0 start in the morning, were immediately on their back foot, and they never recovered.

Even in singles, the one Ryder Cup format where he had a good record, Woods could not rise to the occasion, losing for the first time since his debut against Costantino Rocca in 1997.

He has also totally turned around his rivalry with the 14-time major victor in 2018, having avenged his singles loss at Celtic Manor with the three wins alongside Fleetwood, after also lifting the Claret Jug in July when playing partner Woods had led with eight holes remaining. Woods went back out with Bryson DeChambeau. "That's four points to their side and none to our side".

The duo became the first European partners to go 4-0 together in Ryder Cup history.

The difference is that the Europeans get the team dynamic, and the US clearly still don't.

Who could have predicted that?

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