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Utah’s Tony Finau wins singles match, but Europe wins back the Ryder Cup

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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup is heading back to Europe.

The home team secured the victory when Phil Mickelson knocked one in the water at the par-3 16th hole, conceding his match to Francesco Molinari right on the tee box. The home team has a 14½-9½ lead with three matches still on the course at Le Golf National.

Molinari became the first European player to go 5-0 in the competition since the current format was adapted in 1979.

The Americans came into Sunday facing a daunting 10-6 deficit, and there was a glimmer of hope when they closed to within a point midway through the afternoon when Utah's Tony Finau had a 6-and-4 victory over Tommy Fleetwood, one of the stars of the European team over the first two days. But some of their biggest names failed to come through.

Tiger Woods lost all four of his matches in France, capped by a 2-and-1 loss to 23-year-old Jon Rahm of Spain, the youngest player in the event. Jordan Spieth was blown out 5 and 4 by lowest-ranked player on the European team, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. The world's top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, fell 2 and 1 to Ian Poulter of England. And Molinari finished if off by beating Mickelson, who lost both of his matches.

The Americans have not won a Ryder Cup match in Europe since 1993.


4:40 p.m. (local time)

Tiger Woods went winless in France.

Spain's Jon Rahm knocked off the 14-time major champion at the Ryder Cup on Sunday, rolling in a short birdie putt at the 17th hole for a 2-and-1 victory.

Woods dropped to 0-4 over three days at Le Golf National, a big reason Europe is on the brink of reclaiming the trophy.

It was certainly not what Woods envisioned after winning the Tour Championship a week ago — his first victory in more than five years and 80th overall.

Europe holds a 12½ -9½ lead and needs only two more points to capture the Cup.


4:05 p.m.

The Americans are only a point behind Europe after wins for Webb Simpson and Tony Finau in the singles.

Finau had a 6-and-4 victory over Tommy Fleetwood, one of the stars of the European team over the first two days. Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2.

The Europeans' lead has been trimmed to 10 1/2-9 1/2.

In the second match out, Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka finished all square. It was the first halved match at this Ryder Cup.


3:40 p.m.

The United States has won the first point of the singles at the Ryder Cup, with Justin Thomas beating Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opening match.

It reduced the Americans' deficit to 10-7. They need 14 points to retain the cup.

A tight match, featuring many missed putts, went to the 18th hole. McIlroy's drive found a bunker and the ball was plugged. He attempted to chip out but the ball rolled back into the sand, and his next shot went into the water.

They shook hands before either made it to the green.


3 p.m.

Without close friend Francesco Molinari by his side, Tommy Fleetwood is having a tough time in the Ryder Cup singles.

Fleetwood is 5-down to Tony Finau after nine holes and looks unlikely to complete a sweep of wins at Le Golf National this week.

Fleetwood teamed with Molinari to win four points for Europe across the fourballs and foursomes.

No European player has won five points at one Ryder Cup, but Molinari is on target to do so. He is 2-up on Phil Mickelson after six holes.

Justin Thomas slipped 1-down to Rory McIlroy after missing a par putt from 3 feet at No. 13. Thomas reacted by picking up his ball and throwing it behind him into the water in disgust.


2:20 p.m.

All 12 singles matches are out on the course, and the Europeans have made the solid start they needed as they look to bring back the Ryder Cup.

Europe is up in six of the matches, the United States leads in two of them, and the others are all square.

Webb Simpson holds the biggest lead at Le Golf National, 3-up on Europe's Justin Rose. Tiger Woods, looking for his first point of the week, is 2-down to Jon Rahm.

Rory McIlroy was 2-up on Justin Thomas after four holes in the opening match but they are all square heading to the back nine.

The Europeans are 10-6 ahead and need 14 1/2 points to regain the cup.


12:30 p.m.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas got things started on the final day of the Ryder Cup, with Europe holding a commanding lead and the United States hoping for another historic comeback.

Europe went into Sunday's singles with a 10-6 edge, needing only 4 1/2 points from the 12 matches to reclaim the prize it lost two years ago at Hazeltine. The Americans must get eight points to keep the Cup.

On a sunny day with temperatures climbing toward the mid-60s at Le Golf National, the United States put Thomas in the leadoff spot against the four-time major champion from Northern Ireland.

The home team was looking for another strong showing from Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who became the first European duo ever to win all four of their matches in fourballs and foursomes. Fleetwood is facing Tony Finau, while Molinari takes on Phil Mickelson, who didn't play at all Saturday after a poor showing in his only match so far.

Tiger Woods was facing Spain's Jon Rahm, looking for his first victory of the weekend. Woods went 0-3 over the first two days.

Only two teams have rallied from a four-point deficit heading into the final day: the Americans at Brookline in 1999 and Europe at Medinah in 2012.


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