Thursday 25 April 2019

'Moliwood' bask in 'extra special' Ryder Cup night

Sealed with a kiss: Team Europe kiss their partners as they celebrate winning the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Sealed with a kiss: Team Europe kiss their partners as they celebrate winning the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

One half of Europe's 'Moliwood' Ryder Cup sensations fittingly took the glory as they dominated the Sunday pairings to see off a star-studded US team.

Francesco Molinari - whose impressive performances with Tommy Fleetwood saw them dubbed 'Moliwood' - beat Phil Mickelson to post the winning point needed to claim victory.

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy jokingly hinted afterwards that he doesn't know "what is going to happen tonight" between the star pairing after their famous victory in Paris.

"I don't know, I mean Francesco and Tommy have got awfully close this week but I don't know what's going to happen between them tonight," McIlroy told Sky Sports after being asked what celebrations were in store.

He went on to hail the tight-knit nature of the European team, captained by Thomas Bjorn, and said the time spent together as a group is memorable regardless of the outcome.

"It's been incredible, the atmosphere has been fantastic. Even after the loss at Hazeltine we had a good time on Sunday night because it's the last time we're all going to be together for a while, so this one will be extra special.

Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with spectators after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Carl Recine
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with spectators after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Carl Recine
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Jon Rahm (left) celebrates after Europe win the Ryder Cup during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 - Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Ian Poulter celebrates in fancy dress after winning the Ryder Cup
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 - Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with Ian Poulter after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Team Europe's Sergio Garcia (left) and Ian Poulter celebrate after Europe win the Ryder Cup during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 Team Europe's Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Justin Rose takes a selfie with fans after his side win the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Team Europe's Justin Rose takes a selfie with fans after his side win the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018. Team Europe's Ian Poulter takes selfies with Jon Rahm as they wait for the presentation after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Tommy Fleetwood celebrates during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 Team Europe's Tommy Fleetwood celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 - Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn holds the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Ryder cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 - Team Europe's Rory McIlroy celebrates with fans after winning the Ryder cup REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Team Europe's (top row, from the left to right) Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Sergio Garcia, captain Thomas Bjorn, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari (bottom row, from left to right) Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Thorbjorn Olesen, Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey celebrate with the Ryder Cup on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Golf - 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Guyancourt, France - September 30, 2018 - Team Europe captain Thomas Bjorn lifts the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Ryder cup REUTERS/Paul Childs
Team Europe's Rory McIlroy (centre) celebrates during the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Team Europe's (left-right) Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose celebrate after the Singles match on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.
Team Europe celebrate with their wives, girlfriends and the Ryder Cup trophy on day three of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 30, 2018. See PA story GOLF Ryder. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Written editorial use only. No commercial use.

"We thought this course would suit us, it would suit our style of game and it's worked out that way," McIlroy added.

Europe finished 17-and-a-half to 10-and-a-half victors over a US team which boasted some of golf's most famous names, including Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Among those to congratulate the winning European team was President Michael D Higgins.

"The Ryder Cup is golf's pre-eminent event - made even more special by its colourful fans - and this is a true victory of the collective for Team Europe," he said.

Another to add their delight at the European win was Irish golfer Paul McGinley, who won three consecutive Ryder Cups between 2002 and 2006. Writing on Twitter, he said: "Congrats Thomas and Team Europe - perfect execution of a plan."

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