Reigning British Open champion Molinari defeated five-time major victor Phil Mickelson 4 and 2 to give Europe an insurmountable 14½-9½ lead over the favoured Americans in the biennial team showdown at Le Golf National.
Another of Bjørn's deputies, Lee Westwood, initially said he had targeted 2020 for a captaincy tilt but it is thought the Englishman would now prefer to wait until the Ryder Cup scheduled for Italy two years later.
"He hasn't mentioned it to me and I wasn't there", said the Dane. "It's an incredible achievement".
"It just means too much to us", Rory McIlroy said. "I felt empty. It was my first victory on the tour, and it had been..." "It was about time to have them but it's about the group not the individual".
I don't even really fault Reed for thinking this way. They deserved to win. "Padraig's won a lot of golf tournaments over there".
"How do you sum that up?", European captain Thomas Bjorn said.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Patrick Reed's quotes in the aftermath called into question the togetherness of the U.S. team, while European vice-captain Graeme McDowell queried a puzzling slogan that was allegedly present on the wall of the locker room. Jordan Spieth lost at singles for the sixth time in six tries in both Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup competition. They were unbelievable! I would play for Cap any day of the year and we all had and continue to have faith in the decisions he made for the team. Thomas played better than Spieth did. We just have to tip our caps.
He arrived in Paris on a high after ending a five-year victory drought when he won the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.
"Very disappointing", Woods said.
"I've been carried the other guys the other two times I was on the winning side and it was about time to help them".
It was Woods' misfortune that he went up against Fleetwood and Molinari in each match.
After Englishman Paul Casey took half a point from his match against three-time Major Champion Brooks Koepka to put Europe 10.5-7.5 up, Webb Simpson completed a 3 and 2 win against Justin Rose to reduce America's deficit to two points.
Dustin Johnson's 1-4-0 record is the worst by a sitting number one player.
The final shot came from Alex Noren, who after conceding a short birdie putt to Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th hole, made a 40-foot birdie putt to win the match. You have to think emotionally what he put into his comeback to this season, the amount of golf he played leading up, trying to make the Ryder Cup team, trying to, basically, nearly win the FedEx Cup.
Woods can't even bring himself to wear the team uniform - I don't blame him entirely for this as the United States team clothier dresses them in the wost possible combinations of the world's most successful colour scheme, red, white and blue.
Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy endured a last-hole collapse and lost 1-up to American four-point rookie Justin Thomas in the opening match.
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