Molinari, Fleetwood script history
EUROPEAN PAIR RACKS UP RECORD 4 STRAIGHT WINS
Paris: Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari made history on Saturday by becoming the first European pairing to rack up four straight wins at the Ryder Cup.
Fleetwood and Molinari have been inspirational over the first two days to help Thomas Bjorn’s hosts open up a commanding 10-6 lead over the United States at Le Golf National.
The duo saved possibly their best performance for last, crushing Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau 5 and 4 in the foursomes with a clinic of how to win at matchplay golf.
Having already beaten Woods twice in the fourballs when the 14-time major champion was playing with Patrick Reed, Fleetwood and Molinari produced a bogeyfree round with four birdies to achieve a feat that no other from their continent had done before.
“It’s very special. And just glad that, you know, we’ve done our job for the team,” said Englishman Fleetwood.
“And (the) team’s doing really well at the moment. But for us, we’ve had a great time.”
The 27-year-old Fleetwood also became the first European rookie to win his opening four matches in the event, having levelled Sergio Garcia’s mark of three earlier in the day with a 4 and 3 fourball triumph over Woods and Reed.
Both members of the ‘Moliwood’ pairing will now head into Sunday’s singles with a chance of becoming the first European to claim a perfect five points from five Ryder Cup matches, and the first from either side since American Lanny Wadkins in 1979. But British Open champion Molinari is just focusing on getting Europe over the line as they look to regain the trophy and notch a sixth straight triumph on home soil.
“We came here to do a job, and it wasn’t to go in the records books or anything like that, it’s about the team, it’s about getting to 14 1/2,” insisted the Italian.
Europe 10 leads USA 6
Team Europe’s Francesco Molinari (L) and Tommy Fleetwood react during the Foursomes in Paris on Saturday