Moli­nari, Fleet­wood script history


DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SP RT - —AFP

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

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