Tiger and Phil battle for the record nobody wants on thrilling final day at Medinah
23:16 GMT, 30 September 2012
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were battling over an unwelcome Ryder Cup record on Sunday – as the American who has suffered the most defeats in the event.
Woods suffered his third loss of the week in Saturday's fourballs alongside Steve Stricker, beaten on the 18th green by Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.
That was the former World No 1's 17th Ryder Cup loss and at the time matched the total of Mickelson, who famously lost twice on the opening day at Oakland Hills in 2004 when paired with Woods.
Handing it to him: Tiger Woods (left) conceded the final hole against Francesco Molinari
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The pair held the joint record overnight – until Mickelson was stunned on the final green by Justin Rose in the singles last night, making him top of the charts with 18 losses.
Woods has struggled here and his old coach Butch Harmon admits to being 'speechless' at some of the shots he played on Saturday.
And on Sunday, he was sent out last by captain Davis Love in the decisive singles facing Italian Francesco Molinari.
Woods had insisted he was 'absolutely' fine with Love's decision to leave him out on Saturday morning, adding: 'It was nice to be fresh, no doubt.
'This is a long grind to go all five. I've done it before and it's hard. I felt great and it was nice to kind of sleep in and get a little bit of rest.
The record nobody wants: Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Woods were battling to be the American with most losses in the Ryder Cup
'I watched the guys on TV and tried to get out here and watch them a little bit (but) captain says, “Hey, it's cold out here, stay inside, stay warm and be ready for your match”.'
'I put so much effort into that last match yesterday afternoon, I was pretty spent. Five matches in three days is a lot, and hey, I'm not young anymore. I'm one of the older guys.'
Asked about his form, Woods added: 'I've played well the last two afternoons and didn't get a point.
It's tough. 'I'm feeling good about my game but just, unfortunately, haven't got a point.
'I played terrible in the morning, really, really struggled. I turned around in the afternoon and we ran into a guy (Nicolas Colsaerts) who made more putts than anyone I've ever seen.'
Just didn't happen: Woods was left out on Saturday morning by Davis Love