Patrick Reed was the only other United States victor, though, as Rahm capitalised on another below-par showing from Woods to secure a hugely significant point and Europe won six of the last seven contests, Olesen providing a highlight in his first appearance since Friday morning as he cruised past the previously impressive Spieth.
At the end of two days, Europe had a 10-6 lead.
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The US, seeking a first overseas win in 25 years, had the better of a topsy-turvy fourballs session, with Spieth particularly impressive when he and Thomas beat Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton 1-up. "So we are carrying that as a little bit of momentum, I guess". While his comeback from major back surgery has been nothing short of remarkable, it looks like the grind of the year and all the work he put in to get back on the course caught up with him at the worst possible time.
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"Early in the week, he looked a little exhausted".
Reed will be in the 10th match out on the course on Sunday against Tyrrell Hatton, and U.S. captain Jim Furyk still has hopes that "Captain America" can still find his game at the flawless time.
"So I was waiting for the right moment, and I think to win the match this afternoon, it felt like the right time". "You see it in the emotion when we hole putts".
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Molinari said: "It means so much, more than majors, more than anything".
"Everything feels pretty good", Woods said.
His mindset is another issue.
Italian Francesco Molinari, who became the first European player to contribute a maximum five points from his five matches, sealed the victory.
The Sunday loss was Woods' first in singles since losing to Italy's Costanino Rocco at his first Ryder Cup in 1997 and dropped him to 4-2-2 in that format.
"So a lot of big events, and a lot of focus, a lot of energy goes into it". Three of those victories came against Tiger Woods and two against Patrick Reed. Garcia showed why by going 3-1. The last time they won away was in 1993.
With the European celebration engulfing the green, Woods could only take off his cap and wish congratulations to the victors before retreating to spot off to the side with his girlfriend, Erika Hermann, and pats on the shoulder from several European players, including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.