Europe records a historic comeback to defeat United States at the Ryder Cup – Tiger Woods gave it away
Things didn’t go quite as expected, but then, when it comes to the Ryder Cup, there is no script and there is no fate. So, when it was all over, Europe defeated the United States by recording one of the greatest comebacks in the history of golf.
United States looked destined to defeat the defending champions at the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah, but Europe fought tooth and nail to stay in the game, and in the end they persevered. United States had a lead that could see them through, but their opponents avoided mistakes to reach the 14 points they required to keep the Ryder Cup.
There will be a lot of sad faces in the United States camp right now. Interestingly, no one is playing the blame game just yet, but if they were then Tiger Woods would be brought before the gallows.
Tiger Woods claims neither he nor his compatriots were actually interested in salvaging a tie against Europe. The former World No. 1 Tiger Woods could have leveled the match, but heading into the 18th tee the American legend knew United States won’t be able to celebrate victory this year.
By holding onto his one-hole lead in the final match, Tiger Woods could have ensured that the score line finished at 14-14. However, Tiger Woods missed a putt to beat Francesco Molinari. The Italian took advantage of this to record a 14.5-13.5 win for Europe.
“It was already over,” Tiger Woods said. “We came here as a team - this is a team event. And the cup was already been retained by Europe, so it was already over.”
In case of a draw Europe would still be hailed as winners of the last Ryder Cup. Tiger Woods also admitted that Europe deserved to win the Ryder Cup.
“You come here as a team and you win or lose as a team, and it's pointless to even finish,” tiger Woods explained. “So 18 was just, hey, get this over with.”
“Congratulations to the European team,” Tiger Woods continued. “They played fantastic and they deserve the cup.”
The 36-year-old golf veteran Tiger Woods failed to pick a single win the in three days of the tournament. The 14-time major winner lost three times in partnership with Steve Stricker on Friday and Saturday.