Next to win was Stenson, who beat Bubba Watson five and four, and Sergio Garcia followed in with a two and one success over Rickie Fowler. Garcia showed why by going 3-1. That's not going to get it done.
Four-time major champion McIlroy told Sky Sports: "Thomas said in one of his team meetings earlier this week that if we won this Ryder Cup he would get the score tattooed on his behind". "Just last week [in the Tour Championship], I was watching him win his 80th event".
"In four years we'll have an even more handsome Ryder Cup thanks to him".
Ryder Cup 2022 Project Director Gian Paolo Montali said he hoped the Francesco effect would rub off on the popularity of golf beyond the Rome Ryder Cup.
"I think he's frustrated and also disappointed because he knows he was playing well coming into the tournament, " said Joe LaCava, Woods' caddie. Spieth at times displays a swagger that I think we all know lurks deep within, and I find it rather delightful. His 18 starts represented his most since 2012.
The finish was most appropriate.
"We had great vice-captains".
'I really wanted him on the team and I was like, is this really the right move?' said Bjorn.
During one of last week's practice rounds a member of the US contingent noted that not only was the rough long, but it was also being mowed toward tee boxes, making recovery shots almost impossible.
A USA comeback would have tied the biggest in Ryder Cup play, equaling the four-point American rally in 1999, and would have been the first by the Americans on European soil since 1993.
"It's hard to describe", Molinari said. They've been on two winning teams with me doing a little bit, but not a lot.
Molinari wasn't the only history-maker. He improved his record to 22-12-7. On Sunday, three singles matches made it down the final hole, the last one finishing after the match's outcome had been decided. He got pats on the shoulder from several European players, including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
None of his five matches even reached the 17th hole.
"There's no doubt we felt these guys were going to be a tough team to beat".
All of it driven by emotion, none of it better exemplified than by Ian Poulter. They combined to go 6-1.
But it's hardly been the week for either Mickelson or Woods to celebrate.
There were problems for the US even as they touched down in Paris. "I'll have a better understanding of what my training needs to be for next year so that I certainly can endure the entire season because this year was very much up in the air of how much I would play or if I would play at all". "If there was any doubt about me being a pick, there shouldn't be anymore".
Bjorn took a heap of flak for selecting Garcia, who had been out of form for months. Saturday morning Four-balls saw the USA hit just 54 percent of fairways/first cut, while Europe was at 74 percent. "I'm getting goosebumps talking about it", Thomas said.
Added Bjorn with a knowing grin on his face, "He wasn't a bad pick, was he?"
"The teams pretty much picked themselves, the team meetings were easy". He went 3-0.
Something happens to European players in the Ryder Cup that appears to sweep up far fewer of their opponents.
Captain Fantastic looked something less than that when he spoke to a small huddle of journalists yesterday morning at Le Golf National. Jordan Spieth lost at singles for the sixth time in six tries in both Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup competition.
They had the strongest team based on the nine players who had experience winning major championships. I might have to send them a picture then you'll all see it as well, I guess. It was a tight golf course. And yet every single player won at least a point.