The European Ryder Cup Team sealed their sixth straight win on home soil with a resounding 17.5 – 10.5 triumph over Team USA and golf lovers in Dubai are set to see all 12 members of the European Team, along with the iconic Ryder Cup trophy, when the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 15-18.
“We are so excited that all members of the victorious European Ryder Cup Team will be coming to Dubai to play in the 2018 DP World Tour Championship,” said Nick Tarratt, Director European Tour International, Dubai Office. “It was a special week for everyone in Paris and Dubai will be perhaps the first time the twelve will all be playing in the same tournament.
“We will also welcome Captain Thomas Bjorn to Dubai in other roles around the DP World Tour Championship so it will be a full house. We have also started discussions for The Ryder Cup Trophy to be on display during the week.
“This Ryder Cup victory will energise the local golfing community and it is a great start to the build up to the 2018 DP World Tour Championship to be held at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 November, 2018, just 45 days away.”
Team Europe started the biennial tournament on the back foot having lost their opening three matches before the dynamic duo of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood put the first blue on the board with a 3&1 victory over Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed. The result gave Team Europe a real boost as they went on to whitewash the Americans in the afternoon foursomes session to take a 5-3 lead heading into the second day.
Another dominant day for Europe saw them take five points from a possible eight with the pairing of Molinari and Fleetwood proving pivotal once again as they became the first European duo in Ryder Cup history to win their opening four matches in group play.
With a four point deficit to make up in the final day singles, Team USA got off to the perfect start after picking up 2.5 points in the opening three game thanks to Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson. But defending DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm got Team Europe their first full point of the day with a 2&1 victory over Woods which started a surge of blue victories.
Six of the last eight matches all went the way of the homeside which included Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter defeating World No.1 Dustin Johnson 2UP, Thorbjørn Olesen thrashing Jordan Spieth 5&4 and Francesco Molinari sealing the winning point after becoming the first European to win five points in a single Ryder Cup with a 4&2 defeat of Phil Mickelson.
European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn said:
“I felt all along that this was a good group of guys, but I have to say, when we got here on Monday, we got together.
“This turned out pretty exciting because the way that the 12 of them have just joined up together as a team and the way they looked after each other throughout the whole week made captaincy pretty easy.
“I can’t describe how I feel about the 12 players. They have been amazing from day one, and I’m just so proud of them.”
Team USA’s Patrick Reed, who managed one point from a possible four, is also set to line up at the DP World Tour Championship with the Masters Tournament champion currently sitting in second place on the Race to Dubai Rankings.
The DP World Tour Championship takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 November.