"Momentum certainly is important, because if they (Europe) get a couple points on the board, we have to win something like eight out of the next ten matches".
Injuries prevented Woods from playing in the last two American victories, in 2008 and 2016.
That's the same deficit Europe faced in 2012 at Medinah when it produced the largest comeback on foreign soil.
Team Europe's Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton with Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn during the Fourballs. Why did Dustin Johnson look listless for most of the event?
The 42-year-old has been trusted as the fourth man out for the U.S. in the singles, where he'll be facing European rookie Jon Rahm.
Despite the US claiming three wins in the first six matches, halving one and losing only one, it wasn't almost enough to give themselves a chance as the Europeans won three of the next four matches to claim another Ryder Cup win on home soil (they haven't lost at home since 1993).
They've been dubbed both "Moliwood" and "Tomminari" after gelling brilliantly for Bjorn.
Garcia has burst out of a slump in form and come alive in France, winning two of his three matches to move within a point of becoming the record point-scorer in the competition's 91-year history. So far, there has been no sign of "Captain America" on this occasion.
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. His personal record is just dire.
The good news for Europe is that they need only 4.5 points to regain the Cup, a sum they have achieved at every event this century even when they lost at Valhalla and Hazeltine.
'It was fitting he hit the winning shot as well'. Building on that in the morning fourballs on the second day, they then triumphed in the first three games on day two. "His pace looked a little bit slow walking", US captain Jim Furyk said.
Bjorn has little to worry about, really, heading into those head-to-head encounters.
Phil Mickelson will not play; nor will Fowler, Reed or Finau. 11 and 13, before the Americans' turnaround started. There has never been a double whitewash and that is still the case. Garcia showed why by going 3-1. Continuing to vindicate his pick, Garcia enjoyed rolling in a birdie putt for a 2 at the short 11th.
Finau, a Lehi resident, and Koepka were 4 down with five holes to play in the morning session, but they won Nos. The new partnership didn't fare any better than the first one.
Poulter spoke only about his disappointment at not being able to personally follow-up on his Friday afternoon foursomes win, with McIlroy. We worked as a team and we knew we were up against very strong opponents, but we went out on the golf course and believed in ourselves and what we stand for as a team. He must have been gutted about them ending up in a rematch.
It would take more than that to silence the raucous crowds that swarmed to the Parisian countryside, serenading their heroes as the putts dropped and iron shots stung the greens.
"It means a lot but at the end of the day, I've always said it, it's about the team".
That brought the gap down to just one point, but Europe soon took off thanks to Thorbjorn Olesen's five and four win over Jordan Spieth, followed in by Jon Rahm, who beat Tiger Woods.
Thomas admitted he felt for McIlroy after his struggles on the 18th hole. If the visitors do pull off that comeback, expect that pair to be at the heart of it. "They made a bunch of birdies, and we didn't answer".
The world's top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, fell 2 and 1 to Ian Poulter of England.
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