Francesco Molinari leads Europe to Ryder Cup victory

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Thomas Bjorn picked him anyway, saying he was like the captain of a football team.

Justin Thomas had a classy message for Rory McIlroy after beating the Northern Irishman in their singles match on the final day of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

It was the first time Europe had won all four foursomes matches - having suffered a 4-0 reverse in the format en route to defeat in Hazeltine two years ago - and their first sweep in either format since 1989. The Europeans dovetailed superbly to surge four-up after eight holes, a lead they still held after 12.

In contrast, Europe only need 4.5 points to make home advantage count in the event for the sixth time in the last seven matches.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas valiantly kept the US afloat but Furyk's misfiring team require a miracle on Sunday.

Garcia, a controversial wildcard pick by captain Thomas Bjorn after missing the cut in all four majors and struggling for form in 2018, justified his selection with three victories from his four matches.

"With momentum on your side, anything can happen. Early wins tomorrow will go a long way". Fleetwood got the European duo off and running on this occasion before Molinari took over by hitting his tee shot close at the 11th for the first of three birdies on the trot.

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There have been two previous instances of teams erasing four-point deficits on Sunday, the US famously snatching victory at Brookline in 1999 before Europe returned the favour in the "Miracle of Medinah" six years ago.

"I've seen too many times what the singles game does", Bjorn said.

The hosts trailed 3-1 after the opening fourballs, but the second session saw an unlikely comeback as the leaderboard lit up blue. Koepka played bogey-free golf with four birdies.

But that proved merely the scene-setter for Garcia, who settled it on the 17th by draining a superb, sliding 20-footer for a birdie to send the packed galleries ballistic.

Poulter spoke only about his disappointment at not being able to personally follow-up on his Friday afternoon foursomes win, with McIlroy.

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson cruised to a 3 and 2 victory over Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren, keeping the Spaniard half a point shy of Nick Faldo's record haul of 25, while Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth claimed their second point of the day and third of the event with a convincing 4 and 3 triumph over Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

They were 5 up at the turn over Woods and Bryson DeChambeau, and a brief rally only delayed the inevitable.