Francesco Molinari claims victory for Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris’ Le Golf National

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The Ryder Cup

Francesco Molinari continued his fine seasons form by winning the vital point which sealed a 17 ½-10 ½ victory for Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris’ Le Golf National.

The Italian set a new tournament record by becoming the first European player ever to win five points in a single Ryder Cup.

He wasn’t the only player to set a new record, as Sergio Garcia became Europe’s highest ever points scorer, surpassing Nick Faldo, scoring 25 ½ points.

Over the weekend we were treated to a wonderful “bromance” between Francesco Molinari and Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood.

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Francesco Molianri in action.

Between them, the duo nicknamed “Moliwood”, enjoyed a very successful pairing as they won two fourballs and two foursomes over the first two days.

For a sport that is known for its individuality, team Europe’s captain Thomas Bjorn praised the “team spirit” of his squad. He said, “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,” stated the 47-year-old.

This was proven true when it was revealed that every member of team Europe won at least a point for their team.

The Ryder Cup attracts many fans, some of whom aren’t majorly interested in golf, but it also attracts many people to golf courses, some of which see the tournament on television and believe that they would like to take up the sport. This is no different in Preston Golf Club.

Martin Hull, a member of Preston Golf Club, spoke about how the Ryder Cup saw a rise in numbers in the club in just a few hours, “There’s only nine members out there, the other 20 are non-members, it really is a brilliant spectacle for anyone who enjoys or watches sport” said Mr Hull.

Europe’s brilliant Ryder Cup was summed up perfectly with the last shot of the tournament by Alex Noren who made a monster 40-foot putt to birdie and win the last hole against the USA’s Byrson DeChambeau.

The win gives Europe their fourth Ryder Cup win in the last five tournaments.